RBS Knightriders 156-3 (Selvaratnam 60, Crossely 49no) beat
Standard Bank 144 (Gharat 34, Crossely 3-21) by 12 runs
SOC2020 2010, Dulwich
RBS Knightriders beat Standard Bank by 12 runs in the latest match of the 2010 Spirit Of Commerce Corporate 20/20 event in Dulwich.
An impressive all-round performance from Crossely, who scored an unbeaten 49 and then took three wickets, ensured the Knightriders team emerged victorious by dismissing Standard Bank for 144 having posted 156 for three batting first.
Crossely hit eight fours in his innings after openers Dan Woodhead (33) and Sacha Sewaratnam (60) had given the Knightriders a flying start.
Sewaratnam hit eight fours and one six before he was bowled as Oswiz returned figures of three for 19 in three eight-ball overs to keep the Standard Bank side in with a chance.
However, despite 34 from opener Gharat and 26 from Lloyd, they lost wickets regularly as Crossely (3-21) and Coughlon (3-34) performed strongly with the ball.
There was a wicket apiece for Stocker and Selvaratnam, who also enjoyed a good all-round game, as Standard Bank were bowled out with two balls remaining of their 14 overs.
The scorers noted that the day saw 'classic cricket, a corporate runs fest' and some 'interesting running' while the match finished in dark conditions, the players keen to continue despite the fading light.
CW Big Guns 137-6 (Spencer 52*, Heffernan 23, Welch 22, Coughlan 2-19, Selvaratnam 2-4) beat
RBS Knightriders 134-3 (Selvaratnam 52*, Daniels 29, Fairbairn 1-8)
SOC2020 Challenge match, Dulwich
Earlier in the day, skipper White won the toss for the Big Guns and asked the Knightriders to bat first on a wet and sunny afternoon at Dulwich CC. Play eventually started half an hour late but Paul Daniels and Dan Woodhead were soon into their stride, punishing any wayward bowling.
Woodhead (18) had hit three solid boundaries before getting a leading edge to Kevan Tate and holing out but Daniels (29) continued taking the attack to the Big Guns with some fierce strokes. He had hit six fours before he too mishit another boundary attempt and was caught.
Initially there was nearly enough rain for penguins to stop play, but the rest of the innings belonged to Sacha Selvaratnam (52 no) who played a superb innings with shots all around the wicket. Six well-hit fours and a huge six onto the adjacent railway lines brought his voluntary retirement.
There was just enough time for James Haan (10no) to add a maximum of his own as the Knightriders set the Big Guns 135 to win in their 20 overs.
As for the Big Guns bowling, not too much to keep this reporter typing but as well as Fairbain (1-8) and Tate (1-39), Richard Welch (1-23) also took a wicket, while recently out-of-retirement wicketkeeper Dan Atkinson performed well, despite his time out of the game.
The Big Guns’ reply was led by their own big gun in Spencer Leach (52no). Having lost his opening partner and work colleague Lee Garwood (2) to a well-flighted legbreak from Tim Coughlan (2-19) in the fourth over, Leach’s brilliant innings was quite severe on all of the Kinghtriders bowlers and included eight fours and a flat six over extra-cover.
Also out of retirement, Leach may have to reconsider his position as he thoroughly entertained his family and the spectators present. Batting at number three Sarah Gilbert (8) played well and kept rotating the strike, before she was tempted out of her ground to be neatly stumped by Woodhead.
Playing for the first time on his home ground, Woodhead was neat behind the stumps and took another stumping later in the game off Rob Budgen. The only blemish might have been the five extras given away for the ball striking his keeping helmet on the ground behind him.
Skipper Stocker rotated his bowlers but it key innings from Mark Heffernan (23) and Richard Welch (22) got the Big Guns to within just a few shots of the Knightriders total. Heffernan played some good looking shots including two sixes in his innings while Welch also hit a six as the Big Guns ran out winners with three overs to spare.
A wonderful tea laid on by Jackie Howard of Dulwich Sports Club was enjoyed by both teams as the sun shone.
Rob Budgen explains the bag pictured above:
"I won this in 1989 aged 11 playing for St Mary's School, Shenfield as our team reached the national soft ball cricket finals played at Edgbaston. Along the way we played local schools to reach the regional finals played at Essex county ground, Chelmsford. We won this tournament and received 20 packs of Wrigley chewing gum from Graham Gooch and usual trophy.
"We then went to Edgbaston to play a finals day where we made it past the quarters to the semis but failed at the semis. Still a great day receiving the famous bag and another 20 packs of chewing gum from Gladstone Small. We were very popular at school with all the chewing gum to share out on the playground.
"Ever since I have used the trusty bag for my kit which only comes out on rare occasions but is certainly admired by many as a great retro bag and hear the odd bad joke. I can't see myself ever getting another bag."
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