Police National Cricket Knockout and Giffard Plate Semi Finals Review
With locals saying it was the hottest day they’d ever known Halstead CC hosted the semi-final between Essex and Dyfed-Powys.
Essex won the toss and took first use of what appeared to be a “road” knowing that a “par” score of around 300 would be required if they were to have any chance against the 8 times winners whose side contained much experience with several former BPCC players in their ranks.
As it happened Essex reached 299-8 thanks to a massive 178 from Dave Jackson ably supported by Vince Bird 43.
Pick of the bowling was Richard Grant with 3-56 (8).
In reply Dyfed lost opener Richard Grant lbw for 9 and never really recovered and despite Simon Cole 56, Mark Williams 54, wickets fell at regular intervals as the innings closed on 177 in 44th over.
In the other semi-final at Blythe CC Northumbria & Durham scored 273-7 thanks to Barry Stewart 89* and Shaun Smith 58.
3rd top score was extras with 29 in total.
Pick of the bowling was D Morris with 2-35 (7) and Jav Oomer 1-39 (9).
In reply Staffs struggled to 97-5 in 21st over. Then followed an 85 run partnership between D Trupp and A Haynes before Trupp fell in 35th over for 71. Haynes continued to attack ending up 85* but wickets fell at the other end as the innings closed on 256-8 just 17 runs short of victory. Orridge was the pick of the bowling with 2-34 (9)
By all accounts this match was played in a fantastic spirit in the same fashion as the 2017 Final and once again both teams were a credit to Police cricket.
Essex will now meet Northumbria & Durham in the Final on Thursday 6th September at the Fischer County Ground (aka Grace Road) home of Leicestershire CCC.
The match will commence at 1300 and Entry is Free to all supporter 7 spectators who wish to come along and watch the day’s entertainment. The Fox Bar will be open for refreshments.
Meanwhile in the Giffard Plate semi-final at Bromsgrove CC West Midlands Alliance (Midlands / Mercia & Warwicks) won the toss and elected to bat first against South Wales & Gwent.
138 runs later they were all out with McWalter top scoring with 43. All the SWG contributed with Thomas 3-2, Watkins 2-26, Rees 2-28 and Evans 2-33.
It took SWG 26 overs to reach the total required. Mick Martin 33 off 28 balls lead the way with Paul Reece 24 off 15 balls. The final runs were struck by Ryan Watkins who finished 40* of 38 balls. Saf Ali was the pick of the bowling with 2-24 off 9.
South Wales & Gwent will now face Devon & Cornwall in the Final. Confirmation of the date and venue will follow as the Secretary searches for a suitable Club ground that is willing to host the game.