In Match 1 at the KGV,Specsavers batted first with Paul McLaren setting the tone by hitting James Foxfor 6 in the very first over on his way to 22. Rob Palmer was the other maincontributor with a quick fire 27 as the optical giants reached 163 for the lossof only 2 wickets, aided by a heavy dose of extras, with wides counting as 2penalty runs a time in this pairs format. The pick of the Mourant Ozannesbowlers was J Ellis with 1 for 14 off his 2 overs and Andy Grant who went foronly 17 off his 3. All of this meant a net total of 153 to chase.
The law firm’s reply begansteadily but some early wickets, costing them 5 runs a time, and some tightSpecsavers bowling, saw the run rate increase rapidly. In the third pairing,however, James Fox hit a six of his own in a blistering 21 to bring thetarget back within reach only for 3 more wickets on the 4th pair toleave them needing over 80 runs from the final 4 overs. Alex Davies tried hisbest with a powerful 38, including 3 maximums, but the lawyers eventually fellshort. Specsavers had bowled tightly throughout with B Renouf being the pickwith 3 for 17 off his 3 overs and R Jennings ending with 1 for 24 from his 3.
So, a Specsavers win by 27 runswas followed by both teams retreating to the KGV bar and lead umpire Mike DeHaaff voting Matt Robin Man of the Match for what he described as one of thebest catches he had seen taken in local cricket.
In Match 2 at Port Soif, therewas similar excited anticipation among both sides as BDO went out to bat withthe female pairing of Krista De La Mare and Nathalie Dodd, both of whomperformed admirably in preserving their wickets (Nat using her immunity wisely)taking the score to 14 after 4 overs. Josh Payne and Richard Jackson were themain contributors with 19 and 16 respectively, the end total being boostedconsiderably by wides and general extras. On the bowling front Tim Corfielddemonstrated his skills as a past UK league cricketer with a tight spell of 1for 14 but even he wasn’t a match for Simon Welch who bowled a miserly spell of1 for 5 off his 3 overs.
The loss of only 4 BDO wicketsthough meant a steady net total of 133 for Careys to chase and Tim Corfield wasimmediately into his stride slog sweeping Guernsey’s Island squad player ZakDamarell for 6 in his excellent knock of 26. But, as in match 1, a combinationof tight bowling lines and the loss of wickets in the middle pairings meant theadvocates were always just behind the rate. Charlie Rihoy was especiallyunlucky to be run out twice, especially after she displayed some lovely latecut shots in her innings. Andy Milton tried to pick up the pace with a neat 16and Careys were in with a sniff needing 18 off the final 8 deliveries until ZakFigueroa put paid to their chances by clean bowling Carey’s main man Corfield,who had sneaked out for a second innings for the 9 man team. 2 more wickets inthe final over extended the gap and Josh Payne ended with the best bowlinganalysis of 2 for 14 from his 3 overs.
So a win for BDO by 24 runs wassimilarly followed by both sides sharing drinks in the Rovers clubhouse andlead standing umpire John Wills voting Tim Corfield as Man of the Match, for hisall-round performance and of course that brilliant champagne moment six oversquare leg.
All of this means Specsavers nowtaking on BDO at KGV in the main competition on Friday 30th June,with the 2 law firms, Mourant Ozannes and Carey Olsen, battling it out in theplate semi-final the same evening at Port Soif. We now look forward to theother 2 quarter finals this coming Friday between EY .v. Investec at KGV andStates of Guernsey .v. Collas Crill at Port Soif.