AS WE hurtle towards the World Cup and possibly the greatest cricketing summer for England, the 2019 Church Times Cricket Cup tournament continues.
In Burneside, Carlisle/Blackburn/Durham played another combined team, Chester/Liverpool/St Asaph.
Batting first, CBD posted 127, with more than half the runs coming from Wills, who scored 64. He was ably supported by Fyfe, who remained unbeaten on 34 at the end of his team’s innings. In response, a badly-depleted CLSA team were bowled out for 36, ending the match
At Blackley, there was a miniature roses derby, as Manchester of Lancashire played Leeds of Yorkshire.
The match was a beguiling tale of two stands. It was the best of cricket; it was the worst of cricket.
Manchester won the toss and decided to bat. A variable pitch and some good opening bowling by Leeds soon had them on the rack at 27 for 5. With wisdom and great care, Cowling (53) and McKenzie (36) built a sixth-wicket stand of 98. Briggs took Manchester’s final wicket in the 35th over, in his last match for Leeds. Manchester were all out for 132.
It was a small total, but Manchester had faith. Their belief was vindicated as 16 excellent opening overs from Emerson (7-18) and Hollingsbee (1-21) reduced Leeds to 43 for 8. It was foolishness to believe that Leeds could still save the game, but such incredulity had no place in the valiant hearts of Christian (48*) and Razzall (38*), whose patient and unbroken ninth-wicket stand put Leeds through to 133 for 8. Leeds won by 2 wickets.
At Rainham Cricket Club, Kent, on Monday, Canterbury and Rochester played Chelmsford. Canterbury and Rochester won the toss and opted to put Chelmsford in to bat first. They made steady progress, their opening batsman, Walker, lasting until the 21st over, before succumbing to the bowling of Baxter at 48. There was a flurry of runs towards the end, before the last wicket fell on the last ball of the innings, putting Chelmsford all out for 139. Nelson 2-20, Fitter 2-22.
In return, Canterbury and Rochester batted steadily, ably led by captain Muthalaly (50), who was out in the 17th over, with the total at 99. He and Mann (34) completed a partnership of 61. Canterbury and Rochester went on without further loss, the winning runs being scored with a fine 6 by Nelson in the 27th over.
At Sherborne School, on Monday, Exeter played Oxford. Having won the toss, the Exeter captain chose to bat with the openers, Taylor and Franklin, putting on 147 in 24 overs for the first-wicket partnership.
Franklin played some classy strokes to notch up 54, while Taylor, being bowled by Dawson in the last over, scored more aggressively for his 126, which included 15 boundaries. Exeter went on to score 225 for 4 in their allotted 35 overs. Dawson was the pick of the Oxford bowlers with 3 for 53. The ABC XI fast bowler, Glenny, was exultant to remove Rylands with the last ball of his 7 overs.
In reply, Oxford struggled to keep up with the required run rate after losing their opener Bentley in the first over. The captain, Johnson, went on to accumulate 61 runs, but Oxford fell 99 runs short of their target. Taylor completed a match-winning performance with 3 wickets for 4 runs, and was well supported by Elliston with 2 for 13 and the other Exeter bowlers. After a four-year barren stretch, Exeter returned to winning ways in the Church Times Cup Competition.
Carlisle/Blackburn/Durham 127 (Wills 64, Fyfe 34*). Chester/Liverpool/St Asaph 36 all out.
Carlisle/Blackburn/Durham won by 91 runs.
Manchester 132 all out (Cowling 53, McKenzie 36; Arnold 3-10, Buttanshaw 2-25 and Bavington 2-8). Leeds 133-8 (Christian 48*. Razzall 38*; Emerson 7-18, Hollingsbee 1-21).
Leeds won by two wickets.
Chelmsford 139 all out (Walker 48; Nelson 2-20, Fitter 2-22). Canterbury and Rochester 140-1 (Muthalaly 50, Mann 34*; Wylie 1-30).
Canterbury and Rochester won by nine wickets.
Exeter 225-4 (Taylor 126, Franklin 54; Dawson 3-53). Oxford 126 all out (Johnson 61; Taylor 3-4, Elliston 2-13).
Exeter won by 99 runs.