BPCC v Club Cricket Conference - BP lose out to CCC
Another steaming hot day at Camberley CC in Surrey who hosted the BP v Club Cricket Conference fixture.
With England playing Belgium in the last group game of the World Cup both captains agreed to reduce the match to 45 overs having already agreed a 1030 start time.
The Conference won the toss and chose to bat with BP straight onto the front foot from the start reducing them to 33-5. George Crossley clean bowled Sauran Prabhakari with 5 on the board. Ben Dowling the ‘Lancashire Lightening’ then had Oscar Kolk and Fraser Colson caught behind by Dean Skelton, then trapped Ahmad Elech and Nick Stevens leg before. Unfortunately, BP were unable to finish the job with Vibhor Yadav (79) and Daniel Moriarty (96) putting on 127 for the 6th wicket. Stands of 53 and 41 took the game away from the police with a total of 255 all out in 44.5 overs.
A 58 opening stand gave BP hope with Adam Phillips going on to reach his BP PB with 89 runs in just over two hours, with 13 x 4’s.
Sadly, Mitchell Harris in at 9 with 20 was the second highest scorer as BP slumped to 193 all out a deficit of 62 runs.
The match was Sponsored by Uberfone (Mark Singh and Mark Groves) who had caught the early morning flight over from Belfast.
Also present for the first time in many years were BP's Main Sponsor G4S, who were represented by Fiona Davies (Operations Director of Police Support Services) and Scot Dunn (Director of IT and Operations). All were to warmly welcomed and were to experience some real Police hospitality during the day and later into the evening.
Also present were BPCC Chairman Simon Cole (CC Leicestershire) ,Vice Chairman Jav Oomer (Staffs), former Chairman Marcus Beale, Committee Members Alex Pockett (Gloucs) Neil Vaughan (ret) and Darren Wood (Norfolk).
It was also good to see some ex BPCC players and still loyal supporters namely Peter Allen, Stuart Lott and Alan Pearson.
Despite the result it was an excellent day (and night) all round.
A huge thanks to our Main Sponsor G4S, and Match Sponsor (Uberfone) - without their continued support of BPCC we would not be in a position to keep touring in the current format or be able to provide the quality opposition and grounds that we currently have access to.