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Cricket update

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26 June 2015

IT HAS been a busy and eventful fortnight in this year's Church Times Cricket Cup competition.

On Monday, despite poor weather forecasts, all four quarter finals were played. In perhaps the most dramatic match, Chichester, which has been in the doldrums for several years, stopped Lichfield's progress to what would have been their fifth final in six years.

In a match played at Bradfield College, Chichester elected to bat, and solid scores from Hayes, Burston, and Etheridge pushed them to 169 for 6 after 40 overs.

Lichfield recovered from a shaky start (Darlington, their opener, was out for two). Hack made 40, Rylands 35, and Taylor put on 70 not out. With two overs to go, Lichfield needed 13 runs to win, and had six wickets in hand. The next over they scored nine, so entered the last over needing just four for a win. Swindells, however, bowled a tight over, allowing them only one run, and taking a wicket on the last ball.

A hat-trick by Allerton was at the centre of London's demolition of Leicester at Knebworth Park. London had won the toss and put Leicester in to bat under overcast skies and on a used pitch. London got an early breakthrough when Lee bowled Broadley, after which Leicester struggled to find runs.

Chrystal bowled Norman for 11, and then Pat Allerton came to the crease. First he bowled Bullen for a duck. In the next over he had Orridge caught by Davison for 24, bowled Pitt for 0, and then took out Fogg. Paynter took the last 3 wickets, and Leicester were all out for 55 in 23 overs.

In reply, London batted steadily. Moffatt and Beeby took the score to 50, before Pitt had Moffatt LBW for 27. Rose spooned the next ball to midwicket, opening up the prospect of a matching hat-trick for Pitt. Allerton top-edged his first ball, but he was dropped at square leg. He recovered to hit a six to seal London's progress to the semi-finals.

West Yorkshire & the Dales have enjoyed their first season in the competition, but their progress came to an end when they met Salisbury at the Coventry and N. Warwickshire ground. Salisbury made 188 for 4 in 35 overs. Bradbury and Paterson were their top scorers. Three of the wickets were taken by Buttanshaw.

In reply, W. Yorks were only able to make 77 all out. Seymour (3 for 12) and Windsor (2 for 23) did the most damage. Bavington was the top scorer on 25.

Coventry, meanwhile, travelled to Stokenchurch to meet Guildford. Guildford put Coventry in to bat, and watched them climb to 100 for the loss of just one wicket by the 18th over. Wickets then fell, but the middle order batted strongly, and they finished on 197. Foster (54), Gandon (45), and Budd (41) were the top scorers. Thomas took the bowling honours with four wickets for 26 runs.

In reply, Guildford started cautiously, but they kept most of their wickets intact, and overhauled the Coventry total with more than ten overs to spare. Owen scored 59, Thomas 44, and Watson was 46 not out. Gandon took the two wickets, giving Guildford the victory by eight wickets.

In the semi-finals, to be played on 6 July, London play Salisbury, Chichester play Guildford.

 

THERE had been drama, too, in the final group matches.

London posted the top score of the season in their match against Southwark. Moffat went early, but Lee was on top form, knocking the ball about the ground on his way to 135. Rylands scored a gritty 102, and Beeby added a quick 54, taking the team's score to 343 for 5 in 35 overs. Southwark did not disgrace themselves, notching up 111 for 9. Wilkes scored 24 and Longe 21. Marshall took three wickets for 18, Davison two for 14.

Lincoln recorded their first win in the Church Times Cup for more than six years with a victory against Peterborough. It was a close-fought match, which came down to the last ball.

Lincoln managed to reach 199 from 30 overs, its highest score in recent years. Shenton scored 51. In reply, Peterborough hung on to its wickets, losing only its two openers. Taylor scored 61 not out, and Morton 79 not out. Lincoln's bowlers kept things tight, however: Dean bowled the regulation eight overs, four of which were maidens, for the loss of only nine runs.

The joint Carlisle/Blackburn/Durham team lost out to Chester. Their score of 85, after mean bowling from several Chester players, always looked vulnerable, and Chester rattled it off in ten overs, scoring 87 for the loss of no wickets. Curry was the top scorer on 47 not out; his partner McLaren ended on 33 not out.

Liverpool shared a similar fate against W. Yorks. Fielding only nine men, they elected to bat and lost three quick wickets before Birch (26) and Corbett (30) stabilised things for a while.

But the Yorks bowling was strong, especially Tyler (2 for 2 off 5 overs), Gray (3 for 18 off 3.2), and Arnold (2 for 6 off 3). Liverpool finished on 86 for 8 in the 23rd over.

W. Yorks needed only 14 overs to overhaul them. Buttanshaw scored 23, Bavington 30 not out.

Liverpool also fell to Chester in their final group match, despite several injury breaks, including the Chester opening bowler, Dan Cook, who had to be transported from the field by ambulance to hospital.

Chester won the toss and batted first. Despite losing a wicket to the first legitimate ball, they added 90 for the next wicket: McLaren scored 49, Lawry 28. The runs continued with good partnerships: Page (45), Cook (27), and with a quick flourish in the final overs Chester posted 213 from their 35 overs. Liverpool's best return was Cook 3 for 19.

In reply, Liverpool made steady progress: skipper Gibbs made 28, and Cook made 32, making his a fine all-round performance. Chester continued to take wickets steadily, despite the loss of their injured bowler, leaving Liverpool all out for 151.

 

Chichester 169 for 6 (Hayes 46, Burston 32, Etheridge 28 n.o.; Hart 2 for 20, Lefroy 2 for 33). Lichfield 167 for 4 (Taylor 70 n.o., Hack 40, Rylands 35 Swindells 1 for 1, Armstrong 1 for 20).

Chichester won by 2 runs.

Salisbury 188 for 4 (Bradbury 49, Paterson 44, Jack 36 not out; Buttanshaw 3 for 28); West Yorks 77 all out (Bavington 25; Seymour 3 for 12, Windsor 2 for 23).

Salisbury won by 111 runs.

Coventry 197 (Foster 54, Gandon 45, Budd 41; Thomas 4 for 26); Guildford 198 for 2 (Owen 59, Thomas 44, Watson 46 n.o., Martin 32 n.o.

Guildford won by 8 wickets.

Leicester 55 all out (Orridge 24; Allerton 4 for 4, Paynter 3 for 6, Chrystal 2 for 11). London 52 for 2 (Moffatt 27, Beeby 19 n.o.; Pitt 2 for 16).

London won by 8 wickets.

Carlisle/Blackburn/Durham 85 (Christian 31 n.o.; Razzall 2 for 17. Chester 87 for 0 (Curry 47 n.o., McLaren 33 n.o.).

Chester won by 10 wickets.

West Yorks played Liverpool yesterday in glorious cool sunshine at Blackley CC near Halifax. Liverpool only had 9 men. They won the toss and elected to bat.

Liverpool 86 for 8 Corbett 30, Birch 26; Gray 3 for 18, Tyler 2 for 2, Arnold 2 for 6. West Yorks 87 for 2 (Buttanshaw 23, Bavington 30 n.o.).

W. Yorks won by 8 overs.

London 343 for 7 (Lee 135, Rylands 102, Beeby 54). Southwark 111 for 9 (Marshall 3 for 18, Davison 2 for 14).

London won by 233 runs.

Chester 213 (McLaren 49, Page 45, Lawry 28; Cook 3 for 19). Liverpool 151 all out (Cook 32, Gibbs 28; Duvel 3 for 26, Mansley 3 for 27).

Chester won by 62 runs.

Lincoln 199 for 6 (Shenton 51). Peterborough 194 for 2 (Taylor 61 n.o., Morton 79 n.o.).

Peterborough won by 5 runs.

W Yorks conceded to Carlisle/Blackburn/Durham. Oxford conceded to Salisbury.

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