Champions Warwickshire round off Seniors Festival in style
Given Berkshire were now out of the running for the trophy, the match between Warwickshire and Yorkshire Ridings was effectively the Final. The winner would be crowned champions of the Malta Seniors Cricket Festival. Yorkshire inserted a strong Warks batting line up and were soon up against it as Robert Ball and Kevin Bissett made full use of the 8 over Power-Play before Bissett was bowled by Mackle for 23 off just 13 balls. Ball proved to be the mainstay as he reached 56 runs before he was dismissed by an inspirational catch by 77-year-old Derek Chapman off his own bowling. Gardner (17), Wickson (18) made useful contributions and a valuable unbeaten stand of 31 between Warks skipper David Murphy and Keith Edwards took their total to 188 at the end of the 30th over. Chapman was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 18 from his 6 overs.
In reply, Ridings’ openers (Neville Allan and Allan Lees) laid the foundation with a steady 50 in the opening 10 overs, however none of their batsmen were able to make a big score as the Warwickshire bowlers tightened their grip during the middle overs. The openers fell in quick succession for 45 and 33 runs respectively, while captain Andy Mackle (21) and Gary Orrell (24) also played useful hands before Ridings closed 34 runs short on 155 for 4. For Warks, it was another impressive bowling effort with Steve Healey, Roger Wickson and David Murphy snaring a wicket apiece.
This concluded a very successful week for Malta Cricket and also the organisers, Tour Cricket and Malta Sports Tours. Over 100 players and officials travelled to Malta for the event and the Malta Seniors Cricket Festival promises to be an annual event on the Seniors Cricket calendar. It is hoped that teams from as far afield as Holland, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand will join UK county teams in Malta for future events. This will further boost Malta’s profile as a host nation for international sporting events. The Festival also raised over EUR 1200 for local charity Beating Hearts Malta, an organisation which provides assistance to adults and children born with Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) and their family members.
1) Warwickshire - Played 4 - Won 3 / Lost 1 (NRR +1.90)
2) Berkshire - Played 4 - Won 3 / Lost 1 (NRR +1.52)
3) Yorkshire Ridings - Played 4 - Won 3 / Lost 1 (NRR +0.80)
4) Essex - Played 3 - Won 1 / Lost 3 - NRR -1.70)
5) Kent & Surrey - Played 4 - Won 0 / Lost 4 (NRR -2.66)
- Paul Wakefield (Michael Caruana Award - Player of the Tournament)
- Paul Wakefield (Ernie Glynn Memorial Trophy - Batsman of the Tournament)
- Richard West (Wally Glynn Memorial Trophy - Bowler of the Tournament)
- William Melling (John Grima Award (Keeper of the Tournament)
- Derek Chapman (Spirit of Cricket Award)
- Team Award for Berkshire - David Tooze
- Team Award for Kent & Surrey - Colin Sharp
- Team Award for Essex - Sanjeev Sood
- Team Award for Warwickshire - Roger Wickson
- Team Award for Yorkshire Ridings - Neville Allan