GUILDFORD will meet Salisbury in the final of the Church Times Cricket Cup at Southgate on Thursday 3 September.
Guildford saw off Lichfield in an evenly contested semi-final at Deddington near Banbury on Monday. The match was reduced to 40 overs because of showers. Guildford won the toss and decided to bat, and were all out for 193 in the final over.
Their skipper, Sheldon, held the innings together, posting 71 not out, supported by Thomas (31) and Jones (27). Lefroy was the pick of the Lichfield bowlers, taking 4 for 30, despite battling an injury; Reeve took 2 for 33, and Osborne 2 for 59.
In response, Lichfield looked well on track to reach their target, when they were only one wicket down after 23 overs. But the loss of the top-scorer Reynolds, who made 66, turned the game. He had been dropped twice earlier.
Lichfield then struggled to meet the required run rate, and needed 36 to win off the last over. They finished on 164 for 6, 30 runs short of their target.
Jones and Thomas were the best Guildford bowlers, taking two wickets each, while Marston conceded just 12 runs in his eight overs.
In the other semi-final, Salisbury beat Ely by seven wickets at the Oratory School in Oxfordshire on Monday, in a game played in bright sunshine with occasional heavy showers.
Ely won the toss, and decided to bat. Their captain, Midgley, continued his fine form at the crease this season, hitting a superb 109. But Salisbury’s bowlers were regularly taking wickets at the other end, restricting Ely to 153 all out. Strain was the best bowler, taking 4 for 17, including the prize wicket of Midgley.
In reply for Salisbury, Gray continued his fine run of big scores with an unbeaten 93. His drive for four clinched victory in the 27th over.
Guildford 193 all out (Sheldon 71 n.o., Thomas 31, Jones 27; Lefroy 4 for 30, Reeve 2 for 33, Osborne 2 for 59). Lichfield 164 for 6 (Reynolds 66, Hook 28; Jones 2 for 13, Thomas 2 for 30).
Guildford won by 29 runs.
Ely 153 all out (Midgley 109; Strain 4 for 17, Nurton 3 for 23). Salisbury 155 for 3 (Gray 93 n.o.).
Salisbury won by 7 wickets.
Final: Guildford v Salisbury, Thursday 3 September, Southgate