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Cup quarter-final update

8th June 2011

By Dave Gavrilovic

Last weekend saw 4 BBS Primary Club national knockout Cup quarter finals as well as one BCEW League game.

Hampshire v Durham (BBS Cup) This was Durham’s first ever competitive match and despite a very heavy defeat they showed some fight. Batting first their captain John Hawkins opened the innings and batted from start to finish for 22 not out. Wickets fell regularly at the other end although b1 Helen Robinson did survive for 28 balls to share in the biggest partnership of the innings. Hampshire’s Rob Whittle mopped up the tail for a superb 5-8 as the northerners were all out for 72. Andy Powers blasted 53 from 19 balls to secure Hampshire’s place in the semi finals for the first time, by 10 wickets.

Metro v Warwickshire (BBS Cup) This match was a chance for Warwickshire to attempt to gain revenge for Metro knocking them out of the Twenty20 cup a fortnight ago. Metro handed debut’s to Andy Law and Shakir Iqbal whilst Dave Samuels played for the main Metro side for the first time in about 7 years. Bears gave a debut to England squad member Ryan Leighton whilst Dave Powers played for the midlanders for the first time in a few seasons.

History was made in this game, Warwickshire batted first and made approximately 339/4 with Luke Sugg smashing a club record 178. Dave Powers weighed in at the end of the innings with a rapid 38 and unusually for Bears only 8 runs were scored by b1s. In response Metro tried to keep up with the extremely high scoring rate but lost wickets on a regular basis. Luke Sugg took 3 wickets as the Londoners were dismissed for around 151. The historic thing about this result is that it is the first time since 2001 that Metro have failed to reach the semi finals and the first time since 2003 that they haven’t been in the final.

Yorkshire v Sussex (BBS Cup) Sussex started their defense of the cup with their captain Andy Dalby-Welsh and their top scorer in last year’s final Declan Dexter both unavailable. Yorkshire were without opener Taf Naqvi but most people would have seen this as potentially the closest of the quarter finals and so it proved to be.

Sussex batted first and 5 early boundaries from Si Ledwith got the Sharks off to a flying start. Joe Harrison batted solidly as wickets fell at the other end with Ledwith (20), Miles Northwood (4) and Dan Field (19) falling to leave the score at 77/3. Harrison was joined by Toby Collins and the pair put together a brilliant 114 run partnership before Collins was run out for a career best 41. Harrison fell soon after for 84 but the damage was done and Sharks innings finished on an impressive 227/8.

Yorkshire’s reply started disasterously as they plummited to 13/3 thanks to 2 wickets from Joe Harrison and one from Rob Comber. This included Harrison having Mark Betts caught behind from the first ball of the innings. John Garbett and Atif Rafiq mounted a storming fight back as they notched the second century partnership of the match. Garbett was eventually dismissed for 42 with the score on 119 in the 16th over. After another wicket fell Rafiq found able support from Peter Blueitt before eventually falling LBW to man of the match Joe Harrison for 48 to leave his side 145/6. The last 4 Yorkshire wickets fell relatively quickly with the score only reaching 172 with Joe Harrison, Gav Griffiths and Dan Field all finishing with 3 wickets.

Northants Steelbacks v South Wales Dragons (BBS Cup) With Damion Corrigan and Karl Phillips making their first appearances of the season Dragons started as favourites and fully justified that status. Batting first Toby Warren played a brilliant almost faultless innings with strong support from Mike Harrison. In extremely windy conditions on a poor pitch the Dragons opening pair completely dominated and when Harrison eventually fell LBW for 68 the game was already effectively over with the score becoming 301/1. Toby was also removed before the end of the innings as he was stumped in the 28th over trying to add to his club record score of 216. Damion Corrigan blasted 31 as the innings came to a close on a massive 388/2. Chasing a score like that Northants needed a good start and they got the exact opposite tumbling to 27/6 in the 11th over due to a mixture of excellent bowling and poor shots. Elliot Stonhill and Dave Gavrilovic decided to try and get the score to a respectable level rather than chasing the distant target. The pair batted together for 12 overs with Stonhill’s wicket leaving the score 49/7. Gavrilovic followed soon after with the score at 54. Eddy Claridge hit 12 and Chris Norman and Hugh Spence batted out the overs before Spence was run out from the final ball of the 30 over innings. Northants 95 All Out did avoid a 300 run defeat, but Dragons still enjoyed a thumping victory. Damion Corrigan finished with 2-10 but yet again it was Dave Ellingham who starred with the ball with 4-17 taking him to a thenominal 15 wickets from 3 matches this season.

Northants Steelbacks v South Wales Dragons (BCEW League) This time Northants batted first and some how they managed to make the previous days batting collapse look like a strong batting performance! Wickets tumbled and they rapidly found themselves at 12/7. Dave Gavrilovic came in at number 6 and again proved difficult to dismiss and for the second day in a row he shared the biggest partnership of the innings with Elliot Stonhill. When Stonhill got out with the score on 32/8 the last two batsmen lasted just 4 balls between them leaving Gavrilovic not out on 6 and Dragons chasing just 37 for victory. Karl Phillips (3-0), Mike Harrison (3-3) and Damion Corrigan (3-6) were the bowlers who picked up almost all of the wickets.

The Welshmen gave a few different players a bat and Steelbacks took advantage early on. Dave Wood edged through slip from his third ball before being caught one delivery later. Neil Prior was his replacement and he should have had a golden duck as Shah Miah dropped a very easy caught and bowled chance. Alastair Provan removed Alan Humphries to bring Damion Corrigan to the crease and he and Neil Prior looked to see Dragons to full batting points. When Prior was bowled by Charles Ronayne to make it 21/3 Dragons had blown 2 batting points and Northants had earnt a bowling point. There were no further alarms for Dragons as Toby Warren joined Corrigan to see the Welsh side over the line to extend their lead at the top of the league table to 38 points.

After the weekends action we now know the cup semi finals will be South Wales v Sussex and Hampshire v Warwickshire, both games taking place over the weekend of July 2nd and 3rd.

There are two league games this weekend with Metro finally starting their league campaign in the second of them, check back early next week to find out how they do.