Scotland beat Hampshire to win Giffard Plate at second attempt
Scotland, 2015 Giffard Plate champions
Scotland beat Hampshire by four wickets to win the delayed 2015 Giffard Plate competition, which eventually concluded at Ockbrook & Borrowash CC on 19th May. Scorecard
Who would have thought any play would be possible following the amount of rain deposited on the East Midlands during the previous 24 hours...that said the sun was shining early that morning and the covers had withstood the overnight rain.
Date for your diary
The National Knockout Final sponsored by Police Credit Union will be played at The Fischer County Ground Grace Road Leicester on Wednesday 14th September.
Hampshire were making their first final appearance while Scotland were hoping to go one step further than last year where they were defeated by Surrey at the same venue.
With the forecast indicating that rain would be returning around 5pm both captains agreed to a shortened game of 30 overs per side.
Scotland had no hesitation in asking Hampshire to bat on winning the toss and had early success with the dismissal of Newsham lbw for nought, padding up to Pryde in the second over.
For the next 20 overs Cottrell and Wakely completely dominated proceedings scoring at six to seven runs an over in relative ease. Both latched on to any loose deliveries finding the ropes with regularity.
Tom Cottrell during his innings
Cottrell eased to his fifty and had moved into the 70s when Wakley was bowled by Rodger for 39. His dismissal ignited a collapse with wickets falling at regular intervals so much so that no other batsman got into double figures.
Fortunately Cottrell, when not deprived of the strike, continued to attack and was rewarded with his maiden century for the Force in the 28th over. He eventually fell for 117 as the innings closed on 188.
Cottrell hits the shot to take him to a century
Cottrell raises his bat after reaching three figures
Pick of the bowlers were Rodger with three for 34 and Rana with three for 36.
Following a scrumptious "spread" for tea, Scotland set about chasing down the Hampshire total.
Foster was the dominant force playing with real aggression despite the early loss of Dalgleish (12), Weir (11) and Rodger (0). By the time Foster fell for 43 the required run rate had increased to more than eight an over.
Dalglish opening the batting for Scotland
What followed in the last 10 overs was quite spectacular.
Carlyle showed the same form as in 2015 with a solid 44 but it was the quickfire 33 in five overs from Palin that really gave the innings momentum until he fell to a great catch at mid-off.
Dave Carlyle hits out
Tom Palin cuts for four
Palin hits another aggressive shot
By then, he had reduced the target to 18 in three overs which was achieved by Hussain (20 not out) and Pryde (6 not out).
Victory was confirmed in the 30th over by a margin of four wickets.
Hussain drives for four
Pryde hits the winning runs...
...and celebrates accordingly
Just as both teams shook hand the rain began to fall. Nav Hussain received the Giffard Plate from Paul Sims (National Knockout Secretary) and the umpires had no hesitation in selecting Tom Cottrell as man of the match for his 117.
Scotland take possession of the Giffard Plate
Both Forces have to be congratulated in the way they played the game and conducted themselves throughout the day.
Hampshire and Scotland are both a credit to Police Cricket and we wish them all success in 2016.
Finally many thanks go to Police Credit Union who have been sponsoring both competitions since 2011 and have already agreed to continue in 2016.