Cricket: Lichfield and London to meet again in Cricket final

14 July 2017

THE semi-finals of the 2017 Church Times Cricket Cup took place on Monday.

Canterbury-Rochester played Lichfield at Brasenose College, Oxford.

A combination of tight bowling, variable bounce, and some unforced errors saw Lichfield lose early wickets. Precise shot-placement by Ry­­lands, how­ever, some quick running between wickets, and late powerful hitting by Searle took the side to 190-8 from their 40 overs.

In reply, Canterbury/Rochester started at a blistering pace, and then the opening pair were dismissed by sharp catches by Morgan and Ack­royd, and the game’s momentum changed for a while.

Slowly, though, with a couple of solid partnerships, Canterbury/Rochester got back into the game, and it began to seem as if victory was likely. Several more wickets fell, however, and the Canterbury/Rochester tail could not score at the required rate, putting Lichfield in sight of victory. Canterbury/Rochester lost their final wicket for 166, 25 runs short of a place in the final.

In the other semi-final, Leeds took on London, at the Long Whatton Cricket Ground, just outside Lough­borough.

Leeds won the toss, and put London into bat. Some strong bowling left London in trouble at 21 for 2. A strong partnership between Lee and Kennedy, however, solidi­fied London’s position, and they finished on 217 for 6.

In reply, Leeds started solidly, and at drinks were on 80-2, needing about 140 runs from 17 overs to win. But excellent tandem bowling from Allerton and Knowles resulted in a run of Leeds wickets, and they were all out for 128.

The final will take place on 7 September at the Walker Cricket Ground, Southgate.

Lichfield 190 for 8 (Rylands 61 n.o., Cranston 32; Lefroy 22; Jennings 3 for 31; Emslie 3 for 45). Canterbury/Rochester 166 all out (Clark 66, Mann 25, Lefroy 2 for 15; Hemming 2 for 26, Reeve 2 for 41). Lichfield won by 24 runs.

London 217 for 6 (Kennedy 86, Lee 62; Buttenshaw 2 for 20, Tyler 1 for 26). Leeds 128 all out (Groenwald 37, Earnshaw 33; Kendall 3 for 28, Allerton 2 for 32).

London won by 89 runs.

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