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Cup Semi Final Report

10th July 2011

Hi Everyone,

Apologies for the delay in writing the reports for the Cup semi-finals, I have very little detail on the second game and was hoping to have more info before writing this.

Reports from July 9th’s games will be up in the next couple of days too.

BBS Primary Club national knockout Cup
Semi Finals
South Wales Dragons v Sussex Sharks
Dragons were aiming to reach their first final since 2007 and included Damion Corrigan, Howard Greenhill and Toby Warren in the same team for the first time this season. Sharks also fielded a strong side as they aimed to continue the defence of the trophy they won in 2010.

Sussex won the toss and elected to field first, which paid off early as just 10 minutes into the game Dragons were 14/2 with Mike Harrison and Adrian Snelgrove both out for ducks. Kelvin Duncan took an excellent catch to dismiss Harrison and Miles Northwood bowled Snelgrove.

Following Snelgrove’s dismissal two of the country’s best batsmen took command as Toby Warren (80) and Damion Corrigan (93 not out) shared a 145 run partnership. Warren was Andy Dalby-Welsh’s second wicket as Dan Field took the catch to end his 79 ball innings that included 13 fours. Corrigan continued to score well as a number of batsmen hit out from the other end as the overs ran out. Dragons finished up 213/7. Corrigan’s 93 not out was from 67 balls and included 10 fours and 2 sixes. An impressive feature of Sussex’s bowling was that they conceded just 27 extras from the 30 overs and Andy Dalby-Welsh finished with terrific bowling figures of 6-1-19-2.

Sussex’s reply started disastrously as they slipped to 17/3. Dave Ellingham claimed his 18th and 19th wicket of the season as he removed Si Ledwith and Miles Northwood. Joe Harrison fell to Damion Corrigan and Howard Greenhill took all 3 catches.

Dan Field batting at 4 for Sharks set about trying to rebuild the innings, but wickets continued to fall at the other end. Howard Greenhill followed his catches with some strong bowling to dismiss Gav Griffiths (2) and Toby Collins (10), before Mark Dodsworth trapped Kelvin Duncan LBW.

Andy Dalby-Welsh joined Field with the score 75/6 and it was clear that for Sussex to have a chance this pair needed to add at least 70 runs. Unfortunately for Sharks they only added 17 before Dan Field was caught behind off Karl Phillips’s bowling for 44 from 39 balls.

Dalby-Welsh batted out the innings for 17 not out and Mark Burchell bashed a quick 10 as Dragons B1 bowlers wrapped up the innings, Mark Dodsworth claiming his 8th wicket of the season and Aidy Snelgrove took his first 2 of the season. Dave Wood took a second catch behind the stumps for his 11th of the season and Howard Greenhill finished with a remarkable 5 catches in the innings.

Dragons eventually won by 89 runs and Sharks failed to bat the last 7.2 overs available to them.

Hampshire VICC v Warwickshire Bears
Hampshire were bidding to reach their first ever cup final and fielded a strong team with Rob Whittle the only major absentee. Warwickshire fielded their strongest side of the season as they tried to reach the final for just the second time, following their narrow defeat in 2008, Paul Powers made his first appearance of the season.

Warwickshire won the toss and asked Hampshire to bat first. The south coast side were all out for 152 in 26.2 overs. Justin Hollingsworth took 3-20 and Nathan Foy took 3-21. Andy Powers was out for 60, ending a sensational spell of form that saw him score about a thousand runs in competitive cricket without dismissal.

Warwickshire took just 16.4 overs to reach their target for the loss of 3 wickets. Luke Sugg dominated the innings with 77 not out and he found good support from Paul Powers who finished 33 not out. Lawrence Graham took 2-21 for the home side.

So South Wales Dragons will face Warwickshire Bears in the final at Bristol on Saturday 13th August.

The weekend of July 9th and 10th had 3 scheduled league games and as mentioned above I’ll report on those in the next few days.