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Dramatic scorelines in the Church Times Cricket Cup

12 June 2015

THE 2015 Church Times Cricket Cup season is proving to be as changeable as the weather. There have been some dramatic scorelines and some disappointing cancellations.

The match between Canterbury and Guildford at Horsmonden CC was an unusually normal match. Guildford won the toss and elected to field.

Canterbury got off to a brisk start: opener Saju scored 50, and Jennings made 32 before having to leave the field injured. Nelson (16) and Hirst (18) also chipped in. All five Guildford bowlers took a wicket, with honours going to Simon Martin with 2 for 28 from his eight overs. Canterbury were all out for 153 in the 40th over.

Guildford started solidly but slowly, seeing off some tight bowling, especially from Nelson, whose eight overs cost only ten runs. Sanju also bowled well, getting 2 for 23. But Canterbury were an experienced bowler or two short, and Guildford won by six wickets, reaching 154 for 4 in the 35th over. Martin got 46 and Watson was 53 not out.

Carlisle/Blackburn fared less well against Manchester at Burneside in Kendal. They managed to assemble only six players on the day, and so the teams agreed a shortened 20-over game, in which the Carlisle/Blackburn players batted twice.

Despite this, Carlisle/Blackburn were 64 all out. Manchester's James took four wickets at a cost of just two runs. In reply, Manchester's openers almost carried the day on their own, and they finished on 67 for the loss of just one wicket. Lindop scored 28 not out, Edmondson 25.

The scores were even lower in the match between Salisbury and Exeter at Sherborne School. Very tight bowling and fielding restricted Exeter to 45 all out. Dyson took three wickets for ten runs; Windsor's results were even better: three wickets for just two runs. Prior was Exeter's top scorer on 11 not out. Salisbury's openers Bradbury and Paterson knocked off the runs required in seven overs.

On the other side of the country, Leicester beat Norwich at Castle Rising, in Norfolk. Leicester batted first, making 153 for 5 from 30 overs. Their captain ended on 96, denied his century by a catch off Norwich's best bowler, Heywood (2 for 28).

Tight bowling from Leicester's Miles (3 for 14) and Burnham (3 for 16) held Norwich to 67 all out. Warren scored 19, Heywood 17.

St Albans, having failed to assemble a side to play London, made up for it in the match against Southwark. Things did not start well, as Southwark dismissed the St Albans captain off the first ball. The second wicket, though, did not fall till 125 runs later, and St Albans ran out on 206 all out. Lockley made 72, Middlebrook made his highest ever cup score of 65, and Prior ended on 30 not out.

Southwark's response was confounded by one man: Tucker took a devastating six wickets for 25 runs, including a triple wicket maiden, reducing Southwark to 40 for 7. Brooks and Cotton saved their side's reputation by putting on 40 for last wicket before Brooks was given out lbw.


Canterbury 153 all out (Saju 50, Jennings 32, Hirst 18; Martin with 2 for 28). Guildford 154 for 4 (Watson 53 n.o., Martin 46; Sanju 2 for 23). Guildford won by six wickets.

Carlisle/Blackburn 64 all out (Steve James 4 for 2). Manchester 67 for 1 (Lindop 28 n.o., Edmondson 25). Manchester won by nine wickets.

Exeter 45 all out (Windsor 3 for 2, Dyson 3 for 10). Salisbury 46 for 0. Salisbury won by ten wickets.

Leicester 153 for 5 (Orridge 96, Norman 20; Heywood 2 for 28, Smith 2 for 39). Norwich 67 all out (Warren 19, Heywood 17; Miles 3 for 14, Burnham 3 for 16). Leicester won by 86 runs.

St Albans 206 all out (Lockley 72, Middlebrook 65, Prior 30 n.o.; Sewell 2-25. Southwark 102 all out (Brooks 15, Cotton 15; Tucker 6 for 25. St Albans won by 104 runs.

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