APPALLING weather and water-logged pitches have defined the
2012 Church Times Cricket Cup. For the first time in the
editor's memory, neither semi-final match was able to take
London, the winners of the south-east group,
progressed to the semi-finals after beating Leicester on run-rate,
no balls having been bowled owing to wet weather. London were
scheduled to play Carlisle/Blackburn, in the
semi-finals, but twice the match had to be called off because of
the weather. London progressed to the final on run-rate.
Southwark, runners up in the south-east group
who were drawn to make up the numbers in the quarter-finals, beat
Exeter in the quarter-finals, during a rare spell
of dry weather. But Southwark's scheduled semi-final against
Lichfield, last year's finalists, also fell victim
to the rain, and the winner was decided, once again, on run-rate.
It was a close-run thing, both teams having clocked up impressive
scores during the tournament. Southwark's run-rate beat Lichfield's
by a whisker, meaning Southwark will face their arch-rivals,
London, in the final.
The final takes place on 6 September at the Walker Cricket
Ground in London.