Last Friday saw the mid-point of the competition with thefirst semi-finals in both the main cup and the plate taking place. Please findattached the 2 score cards together with the reports below. Please pass on toyour teams as required.
Short summaries :
Main Cup :- EY 157 for 8 off 20 overs (AHunter 34; P McLaren 3 for 15) Net score : 117 beat Specsavers 146for 9 off 20 overs (R Palmer 20, P McLaren 21; A Hunter 2 for 33) Net score 101by 16 runs
Plate Comp :- Investec/Gsy Rugby Club167 for 2 off 20 overs (J Greenberg 26) Net score : 157 beat Carey Olsen113 for 7 off 20 overs (T Corfield 12; L Fritsch 2 for 12) Net score 78 by79 runs
At KGV EY batted first in the main semi-final and used their2 immunity players, including Melisa Hunter, up front to avoid early lostwickets. The two Nick’s, Rumens and Masterton, pushed the score along in thesecond pair but wickets began to fall meaning a net score of only 32 after 8overs. Specsavers continued to take wickets in the third pairing and itrequired a blitz by EY skipper Angus Hunter, with 34 off only 16 ballsincluding a 6 and 4 fours to build the score up. Even then the likes of PaulMcLaren and M Hutchinson made further inroads with the ball, meaning that EYlost 8 wickets in all and their final net score of 117 was within Specsaversreach surely. Special mention also goes to the Specsavers fielding and aspectacular stop by Brandon Bell who actually suffered a dislocated finger inthe process.
In reply, Specsavers got off to a quicker start but againthe wickets started falling regularly. Will Le Maitre batted well for his 18,as did Luke Le Tissier (20), who had his own private battle batting and bowlingagainst Max Ellis during the match. Once more, tight bowling was the theme ofthis game though and EY kept their extras down to a minimum too. Chris Steynbowled effectively with 2 for 25 from his 3 overs, as did Gus Hunter, whose 2for 33 completed a fine all round captain’s performance. It all meant that, with7 wickets down and a net score of 65, the final Specsavers pair had their workcut out. Both Rob Palmer (20) and Paul McLaren (21) put on a great partnershipof 46 but lost 2 more wickets in the process, meaning that the greens fell justshort by 16 runs.
It was another close, competitive at times, but overallfriendly spirited match which could have gone either way if wickets had beenbetter preserved. Brandon Bell’s heroic fielding won Andy Smith’s Player of theMatch vote.
Meanwhile, at Port Soif, the first Plate semi-final gotunderway with the Investec/Gsy Rugby Club combo batting first. Johan Greenbergwas immediately into his stride in a blistering 26 including 1 six and 3 fours,although Carey’s Simon Welch did have the final say clean bowling him. Chelsay Hurley batted admirably with Mark Barnett in the 2ndpairing, hitting her first ever cricket runs in a solid not out score and thewicket preservation continued with another Investec pair of Andy Simon (16) andLeeroy Fritsch (14). Ruth Vaudin bowled an excellent over of spin for the lawfirm and Alastair Stewart, in his first ever cricket match too, got the wicketof Chris Ahne stumped in the penultimate pair but the end net score of 157looked a tough target.
Carey’s came out fighting but some tight early overs fromBarnett, Andy Offen and Kev Allan saw the run rate rise rapidly. Again, RuthVaudin batted excellently for her 7 not out and looked a good all-round women’splayer. As Carey’s tried to force the pace in the middle pairings wickets beganto fall, Stewart being well run out by Alec Bailey. Charlie Rihoy, as in herfirst round game, looked very useful with the bat and even had time for a fewquips with the opposition fielders : “c’mon chaps, we’ve got a game of cricketto play here!”. The highlight of the innings was the battle between LeeroyFritsch and final pair batsman Tim Corfield. First blood went to Fritsch withhis first delivery finding the edge and a superb one handed catch taken bykeeper Bailey. In response, Corfield hit the next ball he faced fromFritsch superbly for six over deep square to great cheers from the Carey’ssupporters. Very next ball though Tim saw his stumps cartwheeled as Leeroy hadthe final say and Carey’s limped to a net total of 78, well short of target.
It was another sociable game played in excellent “spirit” inmore ways than one! Bob O’Brien and Andy Grant did a great job officiating inthe middle with Bob’s choice of Player of the Match going rightly to the Lawfirm’s Ruth Vaudin for her skilful keeping, bowling and batting, a trueall-round effort.
This coming Friday now sees the 2 remaining semi-final gamesbetween States of Guernsey and BDO @ KGV in the main cup and between MourantOzannes and Collas Crill at Port Soif in the Plate. Helpers and spectators aremost welcome!