British Police Cricket Club complete 2015 tour
The 2015 British Police tour week, sponsored by G4S, took place between Monday 29th June and Friday 3rd July.
BPCC 2015 TOUR – OPENING UP
There were the usual BP availability headaches but just one late exit so 15 players, including 4 new caps, circled Beefy for the Sunday kit allocation in Essex on the eve of the first fixture. Last season the criticism was the squad was short of numbers with no insurance taken against late withdrawals – that had certainly been addressed in 2015.
The four newcomers were 176 Dale Quiney a seamer from West Mercia, 177 Barry Stewart an all-rounder from Northumbria, 178 Alex Pockett a wicket keeper bat from Gloucestershire and 179 Stuart Taylor a 2nd all-rounder from just south of Hadrian’s Wall.
Russell Bryan of the Met continued with the captaincy with Ray Doyle (Cheshire) taking the vice captaincy role.
BRITISH POLICE v ESSEX CCC ACADEMY
at Billericay CC, Essex on Monday 29th June 2015 Sponsored by Arc Legal
DAY ONE: Essex CCC Academy were the hosts at Billericay CC on a fine sunny day. All the new boys were given a debut and took the field, with Essex winning the toss and batting. Opener Hedbron scored the first runs of the week with a cover driver for 4 in the first over before going into his shell. His partner, the captain Clifford was then the focal point of an individual first passage of play, reaching his 50 with a 6 back over Russ Bryan’s head, before the 1st wicket fell on 64.
It was in the 9th over with Russ Bryan bowling Hedbron for just 6. The rate continued at 7’s with Clifford (62) held in the deep by Duncan Midgley, in Mick Martin’s first over (102-2). Ali was then joined by Khushi and put on 112 for the 3rd wicket (214-3) before he was stumped on 53 by Alex Pockett, having given Richard Jackson the charge. It was Khushi for Essex alright as the aptly named batter took control of the game joining further stands of 36, 40 & 33 before he was 7th man out and the total on 325.
His personal tally was a wonderful 122 made up of 9 x 4’s and 2 x 6’s from 104 balls in 128 minutes. The final total of 345 for 8 wickets was the 2nd highest score ever conceded by BP. A positive from a BP perspective came from a 5 victim haul (3 catches, 2 stumpings) by wicket keeper Alex Pockett on debut. The negatives 50 extras, including 25 wide balls bowled!
In reply BP was never up with the rate. Will Evans starting with a 4 over the slips followed by a straight 6 and a hook backward of square – he perished on 20 in the 7th over caught behind (25-1). The Essex attack accurately pegged BP back with wickets falling on a regular basis with 84-6 in the 27th over telling its own tale.
There was a spirited rear guard action with Alex Pockett 22, Russ Bryan 15 and Gareth Morris 20 leaving Barry Stewart with his sides top score 37 not out 5 x 4’s from 44 balls in 57 minutes - the total 187 all out. Gareth Morris and Barry Stewart with a stand of 31 fell just short of the BP 10th wicket record stand of 36 set in 2001 by Andy Holland and Tony Smith. BP were out played in all departments by a talented Essex outfit with the 158 run deficit a fair reflection.
The Arc Legal Man of the Match award presented by sponsor Mike Cuttmore, went to F Khushi of Essex.
ESSEX ACADEMY WON BY 158 RUNS
BRITISH POLICE v ARMY at FLEET ROAD ALDERSHOT
Tuesday 30th June 2105 Sponsored by Totemic
DAY TWO: BP paraded at Aldershot and lost the toss with the Army captain Green keen to bat on another hot and sunny morning. Dave Morrell and Russ Bryan got into a rythmn with just 8 coming off of the first 4 overs. No.2 Backiewicz (8) was dropped 3 times in this spell and a run out chance also went begging but he went when Mick Martin took a catch in the gully off Russ Bryan in the 6th over (19-1).
Dave Morrell took an edge with Varley 8 caught behind by Will Evans in the 9th over (33-2). Richard Jackson trapped Hislop lbw, then caught Creed off Gareth Morris, both had made 27, the total (150-4).
That soon read 150-5 when opener Green on 65 (8 x 4’s, 141 minutes and 109 balls) was bowled by Gareth Morris. 5 wickets fell in the 150’s, with Russ Bryan’s throw running out Simon 1, Ted Roe taking a splendid overhead catch to dismiss Van der Vyver 2 (for Ray Doyle’s first BP wicket), and then Narayan 2 was caught behind by Will Evans in Dave Morrell’s second spell (158-8).
A 9th wicket stand for the Army of 65, with Redfern 20 and Deardon 29 both unbeaten frustrated the bowlers, the nearest BP came to breaking this partnership was when Russ Bryan bowled Redfern only to see the umpire had called ‘no ball’ for him knocking off the bails in his run up! The final total 223 for 8 wickets.
BP needing less than 5 an over made steady but edgy progress with Mick Martin’s first 3 x 4’s all squirting between the keeper & slips before he timed a boundary through point. Will Evans (17) perished to a low catch from wicket keeper Van der Vyver off Varley, the total 43 in the 10th over.
This was not an easy surface and Phil Gray guided a 4 through the vacant 3rd slip area before driving crisply through the covers. Mick Martin and Phil Gray both passed the 50 mark and together put on 161 runs in a shade less than 2 hours. Phil Gray celebrated his 50 with a text book cover drive and a hook off Varley and left the middle caught at slip for a quality 87 runs (107 balls in 112 minutes).
Ray Doyle (15) came in and had time for a 10 ball cameo featuring two massive sixes over the opening bowler Varley’s head. Mick Martin calmly saw the job through with 6 overs to spare, with a contribution of 83 (128 balls in 165 minutes) an emphatic 8 wicket BP win.
The Totemic Man of the Match award was presented to Phil Gray by Chas Hubbard.
BRITISH POLICE WON BY 8 WICKETS
BRITISH POLICE v ROYAL NAVY
at United Services ground, Portsmouth on Wednesday 1st July 2015 Sponsored by George Burrows
DAY THREE: The expected sunny weather continued as the squad sailed into Portsmouth with an expected BP victory also predicted. Russ Bryan won the toss and elected to bat on a piece of turf at the furthest edge of the square.
The procession that followed was not predicted and the editors notes read:- Gray (1) slog, Midgley (15) slog, Taylor (5) slog, Roe (5) poor run out, Bryan (4) slog. So BP were 88 for 5 wickets in an hour and a half. The short hand making the point that Ted Roe apart four batters had gone to poor cricket shots.
Ray Doyle however stood alone and made his 7th BP 50 (97 minutes, 69 balls) before falling 10 runs short of a century - his 90 coming in just over 2 hours in 96 balls. The total 151-6 in the 29th over leaving the tail to try and salvage a score to bowl at. Thankfully four of the last 5 reached double figures with Alex Pockett making 35 before another poorly judged run saw his demise. So in 2 out of 3 games BP were grateful to the tail.
Last man Andy Sidgreaves made 10 not out, his highest BP score and continued his run of ‘red inkers’! Dale Quiney (12) was the final wicket to fall at 220 becoming the 1,400th BP wicket to fall!
The reply saw Bridgen race to 22, all in boundaries (4x4 and 1x6) before he nicked one to Russ Bryan at second slip off Dave Morrell (26-1). This brought Evans to the crease and he certainly dropped anchor and proved unsinkable! He scored 37 out of 67 for the 2nd wicket when Ray Doyle held Charles (17) from a skier off his own bowling, then 23 out of 37 for the 3rd before Robbins (10) was bowled by Gareth Morris.
BP finally started to get their act together with Ray Doyle holding a sharp overhead chance at slip off Dave Morrell (146-4) to dismiss Parker 7. The keeper Maytum (0) was well held by Gareth Morris slashing Ted Roe to point (153-5).
Storey joined Evans and took the attack to BP smashing 28 (6x4’s) off 20 balls pushing the board to 190-6 before Russ Bryan disturbed the bails. 2 runs later Dale Quiney had O’Keefe (0) caught smartly by Ray Doyle in the slips (a record equaling 3 outfield catches in an innings). 4 runs later Russ Bryan bowled Turrell (1) and the 9th wicket fell on 200 to Quiney who had Cox (0) lbw.
Good fortune seemed to be smiling on BP with the Navy still 21 runs from the finish line. However those runs were brilliantly picked off by Evans, who in the process deservedly reached 104 not out with 12x4’s and 3x6’, in 173 minutes from 105 balls, as his side finished on 226 for 9 wickets. The Royal Navy had secured a great 1 wicket victory over BP, only their 8th win in 37 attempts!
The George Burrows Man of the Match award was presented to Evans by the sponsor Rob Constable
ROYAL NAVY WON BY 1 WICKET
BRITISH POLICE v CLUB CRICKET CONFERENCE
at Guildford CC, Surrey on Thursday 2nd July 2015 Sponsored by Stuart Canvas
DAY FOUR: Guildford CC in Surrey was the venue for the Club Cricket Conference fixture with light rain falling and the satellite forecast of a shower later.
A delayed toss saw the Conference put BP in on a humid cloudy morning, with the captains reducing the game to 40 overs to help prevent future mathematics! The top of the order saw an opening stand of 64 between Will Evans 37 (5x4’s and 2x6’s) and Mick Martin 24 (5x4’s) both striking the ball well but unable to push on from a sound base.
The score soon slumped to 77-3 with the loss of Barry Stewart (3) lbw. Ray Doyle (34) and Stewart Taylor (19) put on 59 before they both fell within 2 runs, the board showing 138-5. Another collapse saw the final score reach 180-8 after the 40 overs with skipper Russ Bryan marooned on 31 not out.
The Conference set about the BP attack with relish, the openers putting on 116 at 7 an over before Bilal was stumped by Will Evans off Richard Jackson. The momentum continued with another 60 added in just 4 overs for the 2nd wicket with Oakley held on the boundary by a delighted Barry Stewart again from Richard Jackson.
Oakley had plundered BP for a magnificent 125 in 77 minutes from 159 balls, scoring 13x4’s and 8x6’s – exactly 100 from boundaries! The BP total was passed with 20 overs to spare. This was an 8 wicket trouncing!
The Stuart Canvas Man of the Match award was presented to Oakley by the newly appointed BP Vice Chairman Simon Cole (CC Leicestershire)
CLUB CRICKET CONFERENCE WON BY 8 WICKETS
BRITISH POLICE v ROYAL AIR FORCE
at Vine Lane, Uxbridge, Middlesex on Friday 3rd July 2015 Sponsored by Police Mutual
DAY FIVE: The hot sunny weather returned for the last game of the week at Vine Lane, Uxbridge with the Royal Air Force winning the toss and batting.
From the first ball BP seemed to be in a determined mood, anxious to end the week with a success. In the 5th over Diver (4) played on a Dave Morrell delivery 20-1, Wray (20) who had been dropped at 2nd slip off Morrell edged again only this time to be held at 1st slip by Ray Doyle off Barry Stewart 30-2.
In the 19th over McGeorge (30) was held thanks to a diving low catch by keeper Alex Pockett from Dave Morrell 79-3. Oliver (12) departed with Duncan Midgley taking the catch in the gully region off Andy Sidgreaves 92-4. Sidgreaves struck again with the score on 140 with Alex Pockett hanging on behind the stumps.
He was joined one run later by Cross out lbw first ball to Mick Martin. Adcock in at 5 had been accumulating steadily and with his captain Iago and taken the score to 202 before being caught by the diving Richard Jackson off Ray Doyle for 75 (7x4’s). The tail was then swiftly dispatched with Duncan Midgley taking two well-judged catches off Mick Martin, split by a run out throw from Ray Doyle. Duncan Midgley joining the 3 outfield catch club! The final total 213 all out.
Will Evans opened the batting for BP and carried his bat for an outstanding 138 not out. He scored what must rank as one of the finest innings in the history of Police cricket. He scored 50 in 36 minutes from 29 balls and accelerated before completing his century in 69 minutes from 54 balls. He hit the winning run with a six giving him 138 runs in 92 minutes from 73 balls.
There were 23x4’s and 5x6’s a staggering boundary total of 122! Not a chance was offered and he was utterly merciless in exacting full value for his shots which were a full array of quality strokes. He was in remarkable form and was impossible to bowl at.
This innings was up there with anything Malcolm Roberts, Graham Shaw or David Fraser-Darling have accumulated, it was that good.
Oh by the way he figured in a stand of 37 for the first wicket before Ray Doyle (6) was caught off a skier, then a partnership of 96 with Mick Martin (25) who drove back to be caught and bowled by Iago. Another 64 runs were put on in just 27 minutes with his North Wales partner, Duncan Midgley (25) who faced 13 balls and was caught off McGeorge.
So BP finished the week on a high with a 7 wicket win, but this was Will Evans match and he walked away with the Police Mutual Man of the Match presented by Beefy on behalf of Mike Farmer.
BRITISH POLICE WON BY 7 WICKETS
CLOSE OF PLAY
Off the field ‘BP 2015’ were a pleasure with a great team spirit, camaraderie and togetherness within the camp. A slight criticism is that their post-match ‘rituals’ may have inadvertently diverted hospitality away from the opposition and host clubs. The 4 new boys all settled in well and contributed showing just glimpses of their ability.
On the field BP needed more consistency from the batting. In two of the 5 games the scoreboard read 84-6 and 88-5, needless to say in both those games losses were suffered. There was only one 50 plus opening stand and just one stand in excess of 100. It could be argued that certain ever present ‘stella’ players should where possible retain set positions in the batting order to provide a spine to the innings.
The attack only bowled one side ‘all out’ – the RAF on the final day. The inability to bowl on one side of the wicket was disappointing and the theory that bowlers were trying too hard doesn’t really hold water! BP conceded a staggering 110 runs in the wide column, resulting in 83 additional deliveries almost 14 extra overs.
It’s tough at the top!......
Last season Ray Doyle and Gareth Morris were perched on the top of the respective all time batting and bowling averages.
2015 saw them drop beneath Malcolm Roberts and Harry Hanover, showing what great acts they have to follow and the difficulty in continuing to maintain such high standards.
Highlight of the week was without doubt the fabulous knock of 138 not out from Will Evans.
As always BP wish to thank our opponents in the ‘BP Cricket Week’ for going out of their way to provide top representative cricket in these testing times. Thanks to all the officials for their time and dedication. Thanks to the clubs and committees for allowing us to use such wonderful ground facilities. Thanks to everyone behind the scenes at all the venues.
Finally - Thanks to all the sponsors especially G4S who have committed to a further 5 years as BPCC Main Sponsor.
Also thanks to our Match Sponsors, Arc Legal, Totemic, George Burrows, Stuart Canvas and Police Mutual.
It is your valuable support that enables this cricket wicket to remain such a high point on the amateur cricket calendar.
Peter Mitchell BP Scorer/Statistician