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July 9th Matches

15th July 2011

Three games were scheduled for last weekend, South Wales v Yorkshire was called off after a Saturday morning down poor in Cardiff, leaving two league games.

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Metro Devils v Sussex Sharks
Devils were near full strength for this match, Sussex were without Joe Harrison and Gav Griffiths as Steve Andrews played his first competitive game of the season.

Sussex won the toss and batted. Openers Si Ledwith (25) and Kelvin Duncan (48) got Sharks off to a solid start before both falling LBW. James Millard hit 26 batting at 3 before Dave Samuels bowled him for his first wicket of the season. At this stage the score was 117/3 but a brutal 70 from 33 balls with 5 fours and 3 sixes by Dan Field saw an early declaration. Miles Northwood finished up 18 not out as his side declared on 211/3 after 20 overs.

In reply Devils lost early wickets, Andy Dalby-Welsh removed Hassan Khan with the score on just 6 to bring Ryan Jones and Mark Cummings together. It was Ryan’s wicket that saw a mini collapse as after he was caught by Kelvin Duncan for 5 Theresa Robberts was run out without facing to make it 19/3.

Alan Turnbull followed soon after before Dave Samuels joined Cummings at the crease. When Mark was run out by Marcus Kippling for 16 the score still hadn’t passed 50 and Devils were in danger of setting there lowest score of the season. Kelvin Duncan claimed his first 2 competitive wickets and Matt Greenhough also took his first wicket, Sarah Clare hit her top score (5) as three more wickets fell quickly to leave the London side 57/8.

Dave Samuels was still there and he was joined by Roy Smith for a 30 run partnership to push Devils towards three figures and a second batting point. Smith was bowled for 4 by Andy Dalby-Welsh with the score on 87 but Becky Sanbrook survived long enough for Samuels to push the score past a hundred. Devils were eventually 102 All Out with Dave Samuels finishing 34 not out from 33 balls. Although Sussex would probably have liked to finish off the innings a little quicker the south coast side still won by 109 runs with 18 overs to spare. Miles Northwood also deserves a mention as he took a catch and finished with the best bowling figures of the match with 2-12.

Warwickshire Bears v Metro
Congratulations to Warwickshire for just getting this match played. At 9am it was apparent that the ground booked for the match was unplayable due to rain, but they managed to find a school ground that was in a better state at incredibly short notice.

As for the teams, the game featured a remarkable 4 low partials which may well be a record. Warwickshire were without Roy Turnham, Ryan Leighton and Paul Powers and could only field 6 partials, 2 low partials and 2 b1’s. Metro were also short of partials with 3 b1’s, 2 low partials and 6 partials.

Warwickshire batted first and despite around 40 from Luke Sugg were in trouble at about 85/8 before a century partnership from Nathan Foy and Leon Hamilton got them back into the game. Foy finished on 102 when Hamilton was well caught by Shakir Iqbal to end the innings.

Metro’s top order performed well to chase down the score, Rory Field (approx 25), Matt Dean (approx 50), Steve Humphreys (74 not out) and Mark Bond (approx 40 not out) saw the Londoners home by 8 wickets with plenty of overs to spare.

So Sussex and Metro keep their title chances alive where as Warwickshire are now battling Hampshire and Yorkshire for a top half finish, although Hampshire aren’t actually out of the title race yet.

Dragons and Yorkshire are negotiating over the possibility of a re-arrangement.

As for this weekend’s fixtures, Hampshire v Warwickshire has been rescheduled to Saturday 3rd September.

Sussex host Northants twice this weekend for their league and T20 games, Yorkshire host Metro Devils and in a crucial top of the table clash Metro host South Wales Dragons.