National Knockout Final & Giffard Plate Final 2018 Sponsored by PCU

The 2018 National Final between Northumbria & Durham v Essex took place at the Fischer County Ground (aka Grace Road) home of Leicestershire CCC on Thursday 6th September.

This would be the 5th Finals held at this excellent venue.

Early morning sun greeted both teams but the forecast for the day was not looking good with rain coming in from the west, but as to the changeable times it would arrive it was entirely in the lap of the gods.

Defending Champions Northumbria won the toss and had no hesitation in asking Essex to bat first.

Very quickly it became apparent this might not have been the best decision as Brisland and Jackson attacked the bowling of Tindale and Orridge.

Some wayward bowling allowed both batsmen to hit through the infield with ease at the 50 was rattled up in the 8th over with 48 coming from boundaries. Both were replaced by Storey and Williams.

Storey bowled tightly and actually made a breakthrough in his 2nd over claiming Brisland lbw for 29.

Williams however made somewhat different start with 39 coming off his 2 overs including 2 huge 6’s from Jackson which brought up his 50 (35 balls) before he became the first bowler in a Final to be removed from the attack by umpire Dan Pedley for 2 high full tosses.

At this point (12 overs) the rain came down and the players retreated to the pavilion with Essex very well placed on 97-2 with Jackson 58*.

Unfortunately, the rain simply wouldn’t stop and when it did it returned quickly and despite the willingness of the ground staff to mop up and get play started again it just wasn’t possible. Early tea was taken but by this time the weather had set in, so the umpires called the match off.

The decision was made and agreed by both captain that the Trophy was should be shared making it the first time such a result been reached.

Previously in 1994 the Trophy was shared between Cleveland and the RUC following a Tie.

The weather did not dampen the spirts of the teams as they shared drinks and stories in the home dressing room.
For all the 12 overs the match was once again a credit to Police Cricket.

If only we had a photo of Paul Norgrove (Police Credit Union CEO) struggling in the wind and rain trying to dismantle the display he had brought with him…now that would have been a sight!!

Following the post-match dinner Chairman Simon Cole presented newly appointed Vice President Graham Shaw (Cleveland) with a special award for his contribution to British Police Cricket.?Graham’s career started with a debut duck v Royal Navy at Portsmouth in 1990 ?Since then he went in to gain 103 caps, amass 3500 runs (7 ‘100s, 23 ‘50s) take 80 wickets, and hold 43 catches before retiring in 2011. He also captained the side for 10 years with a 75% win record. ?Enjoy your retirement Shawsy

Also - As a result of players from the BPCC Tour in June and everyone who attended the PSUK Final I am pleased to announce that it was a great pleasure to be able to hand a cheque for £2000 to our nominated charity Make-a-Wish UK for whom we have been supporting for the last 3 years now.

The total now raised to date for the Charity since 2016 is £5325.

This is what police cricket is about. Officers benefit through well-being and at the same time give something back to make a difference.

On Thursday 29th August at Bath CC Devon & Cornwall met South Wales & Gwent to contest the Giffard Plate Final.

SWG won the toss and inserted D&C who from the outset struggled against some quality “Welsh” bowling ably led by Ryan Watkins with 5 – 20 off his allocated 9 overs and Mitchell Harris 3 – 23. Top scorer for D&C was Tangye with 24 as the total reached 115 all out.

In reply SWG made light work of the run chase reaching their target in the 16th over for the loss of 1 wicket (Martin b. Barrott 34) with Rees 41* and Watkins 20*.

Again, the match was played in a great spirit with both teams showing Police Cricket at its best.

Finally, PSUK Cricket must pass its thanks and gratitude to Police Credit Union who have been supporting the Competition for the last 9 years.

Without this backing officers and staff would never have the opportunity to play on a first-class venue such as Leicestershire CCC.

Hopefully we have shown enough to warrant support for a 10th year.

THANK YOU


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