BRITISH POLICE CC 2013 REPORT
Who would be a BP Secretary! Plans made months ago were thrown into chaos as injuries and availability struck the June 2013 squad, in a summer epidemic! As a result the following can be added to the list of last minute reasons for BP none availability, “I’ve stopped playing cricket …. I fell on a cricket ball and cracked a rib ….. My wife booked an unexpected holiday ….. I bust me hand ….” Then as the squad was assembling the vice-captain, on route, had the worrying news that his son had received burns following a scolding accident – he went straight back home returning for the second half of the tour after confirmation he was on the mend!
MONDAY 3RD JUNE – ESSEX CCC ACADEMY v BRITISH POLICE at Billericay (50 overs)
All this drama left new captain Gareth Morris down to a bare 12 for the first day 50 over fixture against the ‘young guns’ of the Essex CCC Academy. BP won the toss and batted with Greg Gillespie and Huw Evans taking guard. Greg Gillespie scratching around for runs was trapped LBW by Dunger with 5 on the board. BP continued to find run scoring difficult and even the normally fluid Evans just couldn’t get going. Phil Gray (7) managed a 4 wide of third man before being bowled by Matt Salisbury (24-2). Ray Doyle (8) was stuck in the blocks before being bowled by Ollie Bocking (45-3) with 15 overs gone.
The entry of Duncan Midgley saw an increase in the tempo to 4 an over. Huw Evans (35) was then fourth to go on 93, in the 22nd over, caught at mid-wicket, his innings included 4x4’s, one a delicate leg glance and another, a hook over long leg.
This brought Ryan Watkins of Gwent to the crease on his and his forces BP debut. The rate continued at around 4, with Duncan Midgley hitting a 6 over long on and a cut through the covers for 4, until having done the hard work in reaching 50 he offered up a caught and bowled to Tom Craddock (125-5). The next stand would be crucial in determining the course of the game, with half the side back in the pavilion. Both Ryan Watkins and Mark Davies were initially intent on survival and building a total to bowl at. In the end they turned the match putting on a BP record breaking 146 for the 6th wicket at a rate of 7 an over – beating the previous best stand an unbeaten 131 put on by Graham Shaw and Mark Davies in 2005, versus Essex at the same venue!
Mark Davies who had nonchalantly put a 6 over mid-wicket to reach 50, was finally out caught on 58 (7x4, 2x6) 271-6. Having crossed for the catch, Ryan Watkins pushed a 2 then reached his century with a crashing 4, then he celebrated in style with a towering 6 before holing out on the last ball for a magnificent 107 (5x4, 6x6) in 119 minutes off 88 balls. BP posting 283-7. Ryan Watkins had become only the second BP player to score a century on debut, following fellow Welshman, Gary Williams 109 not out v Worcester in 2007.
The measured Essex reply initially went along without mishap, with Captain Nick Browne in control. 74-1 saw Rehan Hassan snapped up at mid-on by Ryan Watkins in Dave Morrell’s third over. A stand of 52 then saw Saf Imtiaz LBW to skipper Gareth Morris in the 24th over at 5’s.
So the hosts were nearly half way with 8 wickets in hand. Gareth Morris was soon to change that, settling into the groove with his with his beautifully flighted left arm spin, he bowled Guy Balmford (2) and having Callum Taylor (8) caught by Ray Doyle. At 148-4 Essex were not as cosy! William Dunger (22) joined Nick Browne in a stand of 47 before he was run out thanks to Dave Morrell.
The big wicket came 11 runs later with that man Ryan Watkins refusing to stay out of the game, taking Nick Browne with a smart catch off of Gareth Morris. Mrs Browne’s boy had scored a quality 110 (11x4, 2x6) in 152 minutes from 108 balls! The total soon became 216-7 with Matt Salisbury bowled and then 230-8 with Ollie Bocking clutched in the deep by Duncan Midgley, both off the bowling of the irrepressible man of the match Ryan Watkins!
Aaron Beard (15) put up stubborn resistance, until he was pouched by Russ Bryan off Dave Morrell. The final total of 269-9 was 14 runs short, with Tom Craddock unbeaten on 27. Gareth Morris bowled superbly and had the outstanding figures of 10-0-32-4.
There were outstanding contributions from the middle order, ensuring an above par total. The attack though not totally convincing had the experience to pressure a result. A gritty performance overall from BP.
TUESDAY 4TH JUNE ARMY v BRITISH POLICE at Aldershot T20 (Match 1)
The Police and the Army stood together in silence before play as a mark of respect to Lee Rigby the soldier who was murdered recently in London. It was also a moment to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice made in recent times by so many of our armed service men and women.
The Army these days are the Man City of the services, with a number of imports and ‘loanees’ swelling the ranks! They batted first in this opening T20 fixture of the week and totalled a formidable 173 for 4 wickets. Webb top scored with 64 in 57 minutes from 44 balls (7x4, 4x6) before nicking one to Huw Evans stood up to seamer Duncan Midgley. All the Army batsmen made double figures with the other highlight 45 not out from Govender in 20 minutes from 24 balls (4x4, 3x6). Duncan Midgley took 3-44 and held a catch in the deep.
In reply BP lost two early wickets, Duncan Midgley (12) and Ryan Watkins (7) both to well-judged catches. We were then entertained by a record BP T20 3rd wicket stand of 85 in 10 overs from Greg Gillespie and Ray Doyle with the run rate rolling nicely at 8 per over. 124-3 saw the demise of Greg Gillespie 51 with the bails barely clipped from a Jacques Prinsloo delivery - his 50 took 58 minutes and 42 balls (3x4, 3x6). BP then pressed the panic button, losing Phil Gray (6) and then Ray Doyle (48) in quick succession to leave the score 134-5. Ray Doyle’s knock lasted 47 minutes and 34 balls (4x4, 2x6). The reply began to stutter and fell behind the required rate, with Ben Ayres (4) and Russell Bryan (2) perishing cheaply caught skying over the bowlers head. At the end of the 19thover BP required 25 runs to win and even 6 penalty runs for a slow over rate left too much to do. Despite 13 runs and the 6 penalty in the final over, with Huw Evans 15 not out left BP on 168-7 - just 5 short of the Army total.
ARMY v BRITISH POLICE T20 (Match 2) at Aldershot
This was a ‘flat’ display by BP who ended up on 106 for 9 wickets. Only two BP players made double figures, with Phil Gray top scoring with 30, with just 2x4’s. Ryan Watkins (15) also made up of just 2 boundaries the only support, sharing a 33 run stand for the 5th wicket. There was however the highlight of a BP T20 record 10th wicket, unbeaten 14 stand by Nigel Fretwell and Gareth Morris!
The Army by comparison cruised along with stands of 43, 12, 28 and 25*. Opener Green made 15 before being trapped LBW by Nigel Fretwell. The other opener Emmanuel top scored with 29 and when he was caught by Greg Gillespie off Gareth Morris the total was on course at 83-3 in the 13th over. Massey 21 not out and Govender with another unbeaten total this time 22 saw the Army charge over the line in the 15th over.
BP had been well beaten in the two games. The first a hard fought encounter with the Army edging it, the second a comprehensive defeat.
WEDNESDAY 5TH JUNE ROYAL NAVY v BRITISH POLICE T20 (Match 1) at United Services, Portsmouth
BP had a third debutant, Ollie Bennett of the Met making a start in this match. BP struck early with Russ Bryan rapping Evans pads in front of the stumps. Buss couldn’t get motoring and was run out from a Ryan Watkins direct hit. Opener Riley was then joined by his captain Thompson and together they put on 55 before a Ben Ayres stumping off Morris removed Thompson (28). Green helped in another decent partnership of 29 before being caught in the deep by Duncan Midgley off Russell Bryan, 116-4 in the 18th over. There followed a flurry of wickets with Morris trapping Ainsley first ball and finally, after sealing his 50 with a boundary, Riley succumbed, stumped Ayres going down the track to Morris. Two more wickets fell both bowled by Mark Davies for the cost of 1 run in his final over - his overall figures 4 overs, 16-2. This left the Navy with a total of 121 for 8 wickets.
It was BP’s turn to cruise over the finishing line with double figure contributions from all the top 4.
An opening stand of 42 ended when Greg Gillespie (22) edged Moore to the keeper in the 6th over. Ollie Bennett’s debut was cut short on 12 when he strayed out of the crease for a Roebuck stumping off Green 62-2. This left Duncan Midgley and Ray Doyle to forge an unbeaten partnership of 63 to see their side through. Midgley was in scintillating form nailing 58 runs in 35 minutes from 33 balls – his tally included 6x4’s and 3x6’s. Ray Doyle in comparison was surprisingly circumspect in support with 14 not out, which included just one boundary but it was job done and a comfortable 8 wicket win for BP.
ROYAL NAVY v BRITISH POLICE T20 (Match 2) United Services Ground, Portsmouth
The second in this series saw BP open with Duncan Midgley, who was tasked with continuing where he’d left off in Match 1 (unbeaten on 58). Ollie Bennett lifted his heel to be stumped for the second occasion, this time by Ainsley off Green. Phil Gray came in and played a cautious supporting role in a BP T20 2nd wicket record stand of 62, with the flamboyant Duncan Midgley, who hit 51 from 26 balls in 22 minutes before holing out to Green off Thompson for 54 (10x4’s, 1x6). Not a bad T20 2 match return from Midgley with a total of 112 runs scored for one dismissal in 70 minutes. The total 70-2 from 10 overs. Buss saw Ben Ayres (6) back to the terminus, holding onto a return catch 81-3 from 13 overs! Ray Doyle came to the middle intent on matching Midgley’s mayhem! 18 minutes later he raised his bat having reached 55 with a towering 6 in just 18 balls in 18 minutes. When Phil Gray on 29 (1x4) was out caught by Buss off Moore he had figured in a BP T20 4th wicket record stand of 81, with rampant Ray Doyle! The total 162-4 in the penultimate over! There was still time for Doyle to march on to an unbeaten 68, with Huw Evans chipping in with 8. BP left the middle having posted a mammoth 181 for 4.
The Navy were always going to be up against it and losing 2 wickets for 16 in 4 overs didn’t help the cause, both were excellent catches. The first well held again in the deep by that man Midgley, the second one a shuddering catch of seismic proportions by Ray Doyle, diving forward at short cover! The mariners went further back on their heels losing two more wickets leaving the total 44-4, with Peter Barnett instigating a run out off of his own bowling. In at 4, captain Thompson dug in and together with Roebuck redressed the balance until Roebuck (23) was neatly stumped by Ben Ayres stood up to Russ Bryan in the final over, 120-5 a stand of 76. Thompson was out caught by Peter Barnett off the final ball of the final Bryan over for 63 (3x6’s, 6x4’s). BP’s Russell Bryan took 3-19. BP recording a second emphatic win of the day!
Sadly Ollie Bennett drafted in as last minute cover pulled a fetlock and took no further part.
THURSDAY 6TH JUNE CLUB CRICKET CONFERENCE v BRITISH POLICE at Camberley (50 overs)
A tour of the Surrey stockbroker belt led to the leafy borough of Camberley and its well-appointed ground for the match against the Club Cricket Conference, with our good friend Mark Stear, a former BP captain, in charge.
Gareth Morris successfully won the toss and chose to bat with Greg Gillespie and Huw Evans, winning his 50th cap, opening up. Huw Evans (15) set off in brisk fashion with two trade mark boundaries before he was undone, cleaned up by E Wharton with the total 17-1. Greg Gillespie (13) never really settled and was next to go, bowled by Hussain with the total 56 in the 15th over. A top edge to the keeper saw the end of a 31 run Duncan Midgley cameo (5x4’s) at 77-3. Ryan Watkins and Ray Doyle then took the total to 119 before the former was out for 17, caught following a skier from a bit of mistiming 119-4. Enter Mark Davies who for the second 50 over game running grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck, instigating a BP fight back. Only Russ Bryan (10) and Dave Morrell (27*) stuck with the principalities, pugnacious, power pack, who was finally dismissed caught launching one in the final over with BP on 244-9. The final total a decent but gettable 253-9.
The Conference confidently set about their business, before losing Ali (37) in the 10th over LBW to Ryan Watkins (61-1). Handel (21) was next to go (69-2) nicking Duncan Midgley with keeper Huw Evans taking off to hold a fine right handed catch. BP then turned to the spin twins of Mark Davies and skipper Gareth Morris who for 12 overs bottled up the Conference to less than 4 an over before inducing a mini collapse through the pressure. 115-3 Wharton (27) is caught by Huw Evans standing up to to Morris. 119-4 Hussain (1) is bowled by Morris. 123-5 Elech (28) is brilliantly stumped by Evans off of Davies. There followed a replica dismissal from the Welsh combo as BP continued to turn that screw, with Payne (16) out at 146-6. Momentum is everything and BP seemed determined not to release the pressure. Dave Morrell came back on and in his 2nd over bowled Panchal (5) 169-7. Mark Davies safely held Yarnley (24) off Peter Barnett in the 41st over 176-8. The final resistance was mopped up by Gareth Morris thanks to two well-judged catches in the deep by Duncan Midgley – the Conference 195 all out. BP recording a 58 run victory.
Gareth Morris again led from the front with his second ODR 4 wicket haul. His figures 8.3 overs, 1 maiden, 15 runs, 4 wickets need little amplification.
This was a polished display from BP with 8 of the batters reaching double figures and 6 of the bowlers chipping in with wickets.
FRIDAY 6th JUNE ROYAL AIR FORCE v BRITISH POLICE T20 (Match 1) at Vine Lane, Uxbridge
A close and cloudy day at Uxbridge saw the RAF take first dig in the scheduled opening T20 game. A great opening stand of 101 in 12 overs set the tone. Wray on 48 then edged a Ryan Watkins delivery to keeper Ben Ayres. 4 runs later RAF captain Compton (1) was out also finding the gloves of Ayres from Watkins 105-2. BP debutant, Ben Marrion of the City of London, ran out the other opener Diver for exactly 50 in 50 minutes from 42 balls (7x4’s), the total 117-3 in the 14th over. Catlow and George figured in a stand of 28 before Mark Davies bowled George (10) and ran out Chapman (4) a score of 149-5. Catlow with 31 valuable runs saw the final total to a strong 163-5.
In reply after a stand of 40 Peter Barnett was bowled for one run! There then followed an all too familiar BP collapse. Duncan Midgley, continuing his fine form, was next to go for 33 (1x6, 6x4’s) caught by the keeper stood up, 41-2. Phil Gray and Mark Davies were sent back in quick succession 47-4. The Welsh duo of Ryan Watkins and Huw Evans fought to pull things round adding 31 before the latter was caught behind off Magee 78-5. Two more victims for Magee saw Ben Ayres and Dave Morrell back in the pavilion 100-7 in the 16th over and no way back. Gareth Morris joined Ryan Watkins and the pair strove to take every opportunity to score but it just wasn’t enough. Gareth Morris was bowled in the final over and Ryan Watkins was caught off the last ball leaving a par score of 148-9. A deserved 15 run win for the RAF with Magee finishing with 3-26.
ROYAL AIR FORCE v BRITISH POLICE T20 (Match 2) at Vine Lane, Uxbridge
No Result - match abandoned due to continuing drizzle – not a ball bowled.
After the victorious 2012 ‘7 up’ tour, the first leg of the 2013 version was always going to be difficult. The already well documented late omissions from the squad left the captain with few if any options to rest players or change the line up to suit the two disciplines (ODR/T20). That said it may be time for BP and T20 to analyse their relationship! It has certainly proved to be an awkward equation dovetailing T20 into the same week as ODR’s. The positives came in the two 50 over games where BP excelled against two respected opponents, the Essex CCC Academy and the Club Cricket Conference.
‘ODR’ FOOTNOTES: Played 2, Won 2
Gareth Morris certainly made a captains contribution in these two games with two 4 wicket hauls. As a result he has now shot to the top of the BP all time bowling averages list. Gareth has now taken 24 wickets at an average of 12 (15 wickets taken to qualify). Pushing Northumbria’s Harry Hanover (a member of the very first BP XI) into 2nd place with his 47 wickets at 16.02!
Congratulations to Huw Evans who reached 50 BP appearances – a credit not only to his ability (1188 runs and a record 77 wicket-keeper victims) but his loyalty and commitment.
Ray Doyle passed the BP batting averages qualification of 15 caps. At the end of this week’s two 50 over games Ray Doyle now has 16 caps and went to the top of the all-time BP batting averages list with 836 runs at an average of 55.73. Now relegated into 2nd place is the legendary Malcolm Roberts with 2516 runs from 61 appearances at 46.59!
Ryan Watkins entered the BP arena with a century against Essex and a 6th wicket BP record breaking stand of 146 with Mark Davies. Mark proudly pushed his caps tally to 52 and was Mr Consistency during the week with significant all round contributions.
T20’ TWITTERINGS: Played 5, Won 2, Lost 3
The T20 results were hit and miss – as mentioned, BP do not find T20 an easy mix with ODR’s in the same cricket week, with the constant switch of disciplines.
The squad of 15 had three newcomers in Ben Ayres, Ollie Bennett and Ryan Watkins.
Duncan Midgley was the BP T20 top run getter with 163 runs at an average of 40.75 followed by Ray Doyle with 137 runs at 68.5 average. Russell Bryan took 5 wickets with a 14.4 average and an economy rate under 6, supported by Duncan Midgley with 3 wickets and 3 boundary catches.
4 ‘ODR’s’ faced a BP squad of 14 assembled at the Lady Bay Ground in Nottingham in sight of ‘Forests’ City Ground, host to Euro ’96 and Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, where just a few days before England had been successfully pursuing their Ashes quest.
This was very much a ‘test and trial’ week – no pressure then - with the emphasis on evaluation, especially for the 6 new caps, Michael Martin (Gwent), Adam Samouelle (GMP), Andrew Fox (West Midlands), Neil Sinclair and Ben Marrion (City of London) and Dan Chant (Surrey).
MONDAY 15TH JULY - NOTTINGHAMSHIRE ACADEMY v BRITISH POLICE at Lady Bay Sports Ground, Nottingham.
The first BP match was a scheduled 40 over fixture against Nottinghamshire CCC Academy under the guidance of Paul Johnson and Jamie Hart – with scorer Anne Cusworth officiating straight from scribing for the Aussies in the test!
The Academy chose to bat with Wood and New putting on a tidy 46 in 14 overs before both fell at that score. New was held by captain Gareth Morris in Ryan Watkins 2nd over off his short run up, followed by Ben Ayres holding onto a catch behind from Adam Samouelle the first of the new boys to show. Gareth Morris came into the attack in the 20th over, with the rate around the 4 an over mark. He outwitted his opposite number Kelsall with Dave Morrell safely holding on to the catch (140-3). Rowe launched Andy Fox for 6 at the start of his 2nd spell, defended the next, followed by another expansive hit launched to long on. However, he hadn’t reckoned with his sound alike namesake Ted Roe who took off to his left to hold a stunning catch (155-4). 6 runs later Azad smacked a return to Gareth Morris who was happy to take the chance. Marshall and Tillcock put on an unbeaten 75 to take the Notts Academy total to 236 for 5.
In reply BP stuttered along and were 3 down with 51 on the board, in the 17th over. Mick Martin (4) on debut was first to go turning for two misjudging the arm of deep point, Greg Gillespie(13) and Ted Roe (9) also went cheaply. Ray Doyle (42) and Ryan Watkins put on 68 for the 4th wicket before Doyle was bowled caught in two minds, neither forward or back. Ryan Watkins went 20 runs later for a 45 (1x6, 6x4) that included an extravagant reverse sweep for 3. Adam Samouelle (14) and Ben Ayres (4) left the total 164 for 7 after 35 overs. Leaving 73 runs required in 5 overs a rate of 14.6! Peter Barnett and Dave Morrell took the total to 216 at the end of the penultimate over, 21 required. That over read 5 wides, 1,6,1,dot, 6 leaving the scoreboard on 235, two runs needed off the last ball, which ended with Peter Barnett run out before completing that 2nd. The result a first ever BP tie! Peter Barnett was out on 57 from 31 balls in 30 minutes, a tremendous first BP 50 and a ferocious display of hitting (6x6, 3x4)! Dave Morrell’s not out 25 from 11 balls in 21 minutes (3x6) gave inspired support.
TUESDAY 16TH JULY - NOTTINGHAMSHIRE CRICKET BOARD v BRITISH POLICE at Lady Bay Sports Ground, Nottingham.
Thanks to the secretary and his Notts connections any disappointments caused by a late Fire Service cancellation were soon extinguished, with a strong Cricket Board side made up of local overseas pro’s and the Notts Academy filling the void.
BP included 5 of the new caps. Batting first the Cricket board kept up a consistent level of scoring, to post a formidable 286 for 5 wickets in 40 overs. Neil Sinclair grabbed a couple of wickets on his debut but the BP attack had generally been put to the sword.
In reply BP were soon 1 down leaving Mick Martin and Ben Ayres at the crease. Together they forged a quality partnership of 156 before Ben Ayres was caught in the deep on 79 a maiden BP 50 that included 2x6’s and 11x4’s in 76 minutes. Ray Doyle (15) was next to go with the score 179-3, over 100 needed in the last 10 overs. Anchor man Mick Martin went having successfully reverse sweeped for 4 then attempted a repeat and missed a straight one, LBW bringing to an end his first BP 50 on 58, in 112 concentrated minutes. Ted Roe (18), Dave Morrell (14), Adam Samouelle (13) and Gareth Morris (20 not out) all chipped but the final score of 263 for 7 wickets was 23 runs short. A decent effort considering the new look XI.
WEDNESDAY 18TH JULY - BRITISH POLICE v ROYAL AIR FORCE at Ockbrook & Borrowash CC, Derbyshire.
How we love Ockbrook and that brew and butty greeting! There was a more settled look to this BP line up who inserted the RAF. First ball Dave Morrell to Diver who drives, suddenly an RAF navigation failure left captain Compton stranded! Opposite number Gareth Morris then did his best, with a wild throw, to engineer a reprieve but keeper Ben Ayres on the stretch was able to complete the run out. A great Greg Gillespie catch in the deep saw Oliver (14) got no more, Adam Samouelle the bowler, 26-2. Diver was reluctant to go back to the pavilion to face his skipper after the run out and he dug in, putting on 94 for the 3rd wicket before falling lbw to Ben Marrion. Dave Morrell though wicket less had opened up with 8 overs for 16 runs keeping the rate under 3 for the first 15 overs. The RAF with 7 double figure contributions pushed on and had the bonus at the end of a not out 35 from Iago 1x6, 6x4’s in 18 minutes from 19 balls, seeing them through to 243-9 wickets from their 50 overs. Three BP seamers went at over 7 an over, with spinners Gareth Morris 0-34 and Ted Roe an excellent 4-38 from their respective 10 overs trying to keep a grip.
BP’s starting woes continued finding themselves in deep trouble at 34-3 after 12 overs. Opener Mick Martin was in defiant mood but needed support eventually finding it in the form of Ryan Watkins who scored 52 at a run a ball (4x6, 2x4) in a stand of 87 for the 4th wicket, before skying a return catch. BP were well in it with 18 overs remaining. Sadly a collapse ensued leaving the score in disarray, 159-8 in the 41st over. Mick Martin however was still at the crease on 55! Gareth Morris (18) put up solid resistance in a stand of 41 runs before departing with the board on 200. No.11 didn’t trouble the scorers so that was it. A dismal BP response 43 runs short with Mick Martin still unbeaten on 78!
THURSDAY 18th JULY BRITISH POLICE v ROYAL NAVY at Ockbrook & Borrowash CC, Derbyshire
Final day of the July tour and a chance to bat first for Gareth Morris’s men, having won the toss. Unbeaten the previous day Mick Martin (0) lasted just five balls and on 47 Ray Doyle (10) suffered the curse of the 2013 BP opener caught at the wicket, the keeper diving forward for one that died on him. Ben Ayres (70) and Ryan Watkins then redressed the balance with a stand of 103 before Ayres was bowled. Ayres knock contained 11x4’s, lasting 91 minutes. Peter Barnett (25) was next to go caught behind, he had helped Ryan Watkins put on another 80 (230-4 with 36 overs gone). Ryan Watkins notched his second quality BP ton of the summer with a 4 literally through mid-off, he was finally out skying one back to the bowler on 111 (149 minutes, 107 balls, 18x4’s, 2x6’s). At 287-6 this ended a 52 run partnership with Dave Morrell who went on to make 25 and push his side on to closure at 322-8.
The Navy replied in style with an opening stand of 72 before Plant (13) was uprooted, LBW to Dan Chant. Opener Singh was in great form but fell with the reply on 179-5 forcing Neil Sinclair to take a stunning return catch that had looped over his head. Dan Chant hap got into a smooth rhythm and bowled his 10 overs unbroken with an economic 2-33. Moore came in at No. 7 for the Navy and gave a stunning exhibition of hitting to achieve his maiden half century, his 56 was achieved in 35 mins, from just 28 balls, including 4x6’s and 5x4’s. He was out in the 46th over with 268-8 on the board. The final 2 wickets fell without any addition, so it was 268 all out and a BP win by 54 runs.
Credit first and foremost should go to BP captain Gareth Morris who had an unenviable task of not only trying to achieve results but balancing that with analysing and providing opportunities for the 6 new caps and the 2 who had only just made their debuts on the June tour.
As a consequence 1 win, 1 tie and 2 defeats was not the negative it appeared on the surface. After the success of 2012 it was back to the drawing board. We never looked convincing at the crease with too many poor starts and collapses. Thankfully we always seemed to find someone with the batting quality to pull us through. In July it was Ben Ayres and Ryan Watkins who both had superb tours.
In attack we lacked penetration and it was in the main the spinners who led the way, with the fielding in this second week average to say the least.
What a difference a month makes in the sad world of stats and averages! In June Ray Doyle, 836 runs – average 55.73 had taken top spot from Malcolm Roberts, 2516 runs – average 46.59. Ray is now hanging on by his fingernails with 908 runs – average 47.78! Gareth Morris 24 wickets – average 12, had pushed ahead of Harry Hanover 47 wickets – average 16.02. Gareth now has 30 wickets – average 16.3, so reverts to No.2 by fractions!
Ryan Watkins totalled 332 runs at an average of 66.4 in 5 completed innings in the 6 2013 ODR’s – what a fantastic debut year for the man from Gwent. Gareth Morris took 14 wickets from the 6 matches played. Both players figures rank with the very best 5 match traditional ‘cricket week’ returns!
The final July ODR against the Navy saw a couple of Stato highlights! BP notched up their 40,000th run, when they reached 135-2, thanks to a Ryan Watkins boundary. Then the final ball of the season and that game had Ben Ayres taking a catch behind off the bowling of Dave Morrell - BP’s 1,500th wicket!
It gives me the greatest of pleasure to say a massive thank you on behalf of British Police CC!
We are truly blessed with a magnificent group of supportive sponsors and we are most appreciative of their backing. All that generous funding is so vital in enabling BP to compete at the top level of representative cricket. This is something we do not take for granted – thank you all.
BP would also like to applaud all our opponents for fitting us in to such tight scheduling. Special accolades, as always go to the armed services, what a standard they set, no matter the calls on their resources.
We are eternally grateful to all the umpires and scorers for administering the matches. Also to all our secretaries, managers, coaches, physios, caterers, ground staff and everyone behind the scenes at the clubs and cricket grounds we use, there would be no cricket without you all – many thanks.
As for our man ‘Beefy’ what can you say – he is the heartbeat of BP cricket – long may that continue!
Peter Mitchell: BP Scorer/Statistician
BRITISH POLICE CC 40TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER
What an occasion on a lovely July evening! What an effort from the secretary David Fraser-Darling! What a venue, a marquee at Derbyshire County Cricket Club providing a fitting backdrop!
It was truly a delight that nearly all the available members of the very first BP XI from 1973 had been duly traced, contacted and attended – that gave the opportunity for an immediate VP tie presentation, so we now have a full 1973 compliment of VP’s . Other VP nominees also received their ties. We can’t go through the whole guest list, but there were past captains, players and officials at every turn, mixed with supporters, sponsors and some of our opponents over the years. A picture board with photographs from 4 decades of BP cricket decorated one wall, prompting much debate.
The prizes for the raffle, prize-draw, silent and not so silent auctions were tremendous and showed what respect, influence and threat our secretary carries!
When play was called the scheduled MC for the evening the BP chairman, Marcus Beale, was delayed committed in the West Midlands, following terrorist arrests. An early appeal went up and it was answered in the affirmative by the umpire! They say it’s usual for good umpires to remain anonymous, that the best officials are seldom noticed. Thankfully on this occasion Ray Knowles was noticed and what an outstanding job he did at such short notice, linking the dinner, with all its component parts and introducing the two guest speakers. Those speakers were Howard Webb OBE World Cup and Champions League Final soccer referee, still a serving police officer and Robert Croft, probably the best welsh cricketer ever, an outstanding player who represented England. They were very different in delivery but both provided fabulous entertainment.
The inspired idea of an all-inclusive ticket led to a liberal sprinkling of nectar the forerunner of many a story of runs, wickets and decade comparisons. As stumps were drawn, a spontaneous and well deserved standing ovation was given to David Fraser-Darling. His incredible commitment and attention to detail for this event over the last couple of years led to a truly memorable occasion. David’s hard work and that of his management team and all those making contributions ensuring that the BPCC nominated charity COPS benefitted to the tune of several thousand pounds.
Peter Mitchell Scorer/Statistician