Short summaries :
EY : 188 for 4 off 20 overs (N Rumens 28, A Hunter 27)Net score 168 Beat Investec/Gsy Rugby Club : 150 for 4 off20 overs (A Bailey 23; N Rumens 2 for 20) Net score 130 by 38 runs
States of Guernsey : 142 for 2 off 20 overs (A Mauger 12, WGreen 12; P Wilkes 1 for 18) Net score 132 Beat Collas Crill: 148 for 8 off 20 overs (W de Cimic 19, G Bell 29; C Le Page 3 for 12) Netscore 108 by 24 runs
The game at KGV saw EY bat first against a combinedInvestec/Gsy Rugby Club side. Taking a leaf out of BDO’s successful book, EYopened with 2 ladies, in Anna-Kay Aitken and Libbie Law, who took the score to24 after their 4 overs, albeit with Libbie unluckily run out. Chris Steyn andNick Rumens put on a 60 run partnership for the second pair with Rumens hittinga six straight into the car park in his knock of 28. His only blemish wasgetting out to a fine catch by Alec Bailey off Ed Blewitt’s bowling. MeganChapple also batted steadily with Island player Matt Breban (16) and, withAngus Hunter hitting 27, the accountants ended on 188 for 4, meaning anet total of 168. Pick of the Investec/Rugby Club bowlers was Johan Greenbergwith 1 for 16, with Kevin Allan also proving economical, conceding just 9 runs.
In reply, a steady opening partnership of 30 between MattPhilp and Investec’s Ed Blewitt gave early impetus and when Darren Clement hita glourious mid-on drive for 4 second ball of the 2nd pair it lookedlike game on. However, some tight bowling, including excellent spells fromAnna-Kay Aitken, Lucie Reynolds, bowling for her injured boyfriend JamesCachart, and Megan Chapple, who got a key wicket clean bowled, put the pressureback on the last 2 Rugby Club pairings. Despite the efforts of Kevin Allan(15), Chris Ahne (13) and some lusty bows from Alec Bailey with 23, the targetremained just out of reach, with the combined team ending up on 150 for 4 and anet score of 130. Nick Rumens bowled the best spell for EY with 2 for 20 offhis 3 overs.
And so a win for EY by 38 runs was mainly down to strongbatting throughout and some tight middle over bowling, especially keepingextras down to a minimum. Mark (Max) Wall was kept suitably “watered” at thebowlers end throughout the match on the warm evening, primarily by the GsyRugby players, but their bribery didn’t pay off in the end! And Max was quickto award the Player of the Match to Ann-Kay Aitken for her brave openingbatting and 2 excellent tight overs containing 5 dot balls.
Meanwhile, at Port Soif, the States of Guernsey civilservants batted first against law firm, Collas Crill. Colin Le Page was themainstay of the opening pair taking the score to 30. Will Green hit 2boundaries in his useful 12, supported well by Richard Le Page. The key for SOGwas selecting their immunity players wisely and only losing 2 wickets, bothbeing skipper Joe Armstrong, who was run out and caught. Paul Wilkes bowledsteadily for Collas Crill with 1 for 18 off his 3 overs, while Simon Heggs wasalso economical going for only 16 off his full allocation. A final score of 142for 2 and therefore a net total of 132 was a testing target at The Soif.
The Collas Crill response started soundly with 10 off thefirst over but disaster then struck with Chris Le Page and Alastair Gillilandtaking the wickets plus a run out. Wayne De Cimic did his best the repair thedamage with a quick fire 19 but Le Page was back to strike twice more in thesecond pairing. This period also saw the enticing battle between batsman TomCutts-Watson and his younger brother Alex, who bowled his big bruv and washeard to claim “at least I’m the best cricketer in my family” a la Mark Waugh!This left the lawyers at 50 runs after 8 overs but with 6 wickets down, apenalty of 30 runs. Mike Adkins played a skippers knock of 19 in the middlepair, ably supported by youngster Banjo Vinecombe, but 2 more well takencatches in the penultimate pair left the score well adrift. Gareth Bell wasn’tabout to concede defeat though and hit 3 boundaries in an excellent knock of 29but it was all too late as Collas Crill ended on 148 for 8 and a net score of108. Alex Cutts-Watson with 2 for 11 and Rosie Armstrong with an excellent 1for 17 were the other bowling picks.
So, a win for SOG by 24 runs was based upon protecting theirown wickets and, conversely, Collas Crill swinging from the hip and losing 6wickets more than their opponents, tose extra 30 lost runs being thedifference. James Underwood was the head standing umpire on the evening and ColinLe Page receives his Player of the Match vote for an excellent all-roundperformance, including a spectacular caught and bowled effort in his spell of 3for 12 off his 3 overs. Special mentions must also go to Rosie Armstrong and,in particular, young Banjo Vinecombe for his brave yet brilliant batting andbowling efforts. Both sides, as in all the games so far, greatly enjoyed thecontest and disappeared into the Port Soif Cub house for much neededrefreshments!
We all now look forward to the series of main and platesemi-finals later this month and into early July.