Path to the 2017 Final

British Blind Sport Primary Club Heindrich Swanepoel Memorial Cup 2017

Path to the 2017 Final

First Round
Sunday 23rd April
Northants Steelbacks v Nottinghamshire Knights
Northants were unable to fulfil the fixture due to lack of player availability, so Nottinghamshire progress to the next round

Quarter Finals
Saturday 13th May
Sussex Sharks v Yorkshire Vikings
At Blackstone, near Brighton
Yorkshire: 66 All Out (26.2 overs), J Harrison 3-6
Sussex: 67/3 (10.1 overs), M Wilson 2-19
Sussex Sharks won by 7 wickets

Saturday 20th May
Lancashire Lions v Nottinghamshire Knights
At Cheetham Hill Cricket Club, Manchester
Lancashire: 113/4 (12 overs), U Afridi 67 not out, T Naqvi 2-26
Nottinghamshire: 115/1 (11.1 overs), A Malik 36 not out, N Killen 28 not out
Nottinghamshire Knights won by 9 wickets
** Match reduced to 12 overs per side due to rain

Warwickshire Bears v Gloucestershire Growlers
At Offchurch Cricket Club, Leamington Spa
Gloucestershire: 24 All Out (11.3 overs), J Hollingsworth 3-2
Warwickshire: 27/1 (2.4 overs)
Warwickshire Bears won by 9 wickets
** Match reduced to 27 overs per side due to rain

Saturday 3rd June
Somerset VICC v London Metro
At Bishop Lyderd Cricket Club, Taunton
Metro: 210 All Out, M Ghalib 73, A Ditchburn 37, E Hossell 4-17
Somerset: 185 All Out (27.3 overs), E Hossell 53, R Hossell 34, A Amin 3-33
London Metro won by 25 runs

Semi Finals
Saturday 8th July
Sussex Sharks v London Metro
At Blackstone, near Brighton
Metro: 146/7 (30 overs), A Ditchburn 37, J Harrison 2-4
Sussex: 148/2 (22.3 overs), J Harrison 65 not out, D Field 53 not out
Sussex Sharks won by 8 wickets

Warwickshire Bears v Nottinghamshire Knights
At Offchurch Cricket Club, Leamington Spa
Warwickshire: 357/5, L Sugg 105, N Foy 88, G Porter 62 not out, P Hancock 3-66
Nottinghamshire: 134/6, A Rafiq 53 retired, A Ali 2-18
Warwickshire Bears won by 223 runs

The Road to BroadHalfPenny Down
Taken from the 2017 Cup Final Match Day Programme
Quarter Finals
Sussex Sharks (67/3) beat Yorkshire Vikings (66 All Out) by 7 wickets
Sussex cruised into the semi finals with a comfortable win over Yorkshire. The Vikings fought hard with their 66 runs coming off 27 overs, Joe Harrison took 3 wickets & a catch, Dan Field took 2 wickets, a catch & a run out. In reply Sussex had no difficulty reaching the score despite Martin Wilson claiming 2 wickets both of which were caught by George Ferguson.

Nottinghamshire Knights (115/1) beat Lancashire Lions (113/4) by 9 wickets
In a match shortened to 12 overs per side due to rain it looked like Lions had made a match winning score thanks to a rapid 67 not out from Usman Afridi, that was despite 2 wickets from Taf Naqvi. When Notts batted they managed just 3 boundaries which should have left them well short, however great running between the wickets from Taf Naqvi & those running for Arif Malik & Nick Killen saw all 3 score between 23 & 36 to get Knights over the line with 5 balls to spare.

Warwickshire Bears (27/1) beat Gloucestershire Growlers (24 All Out) by 9 wickets
Warwickshire were ruthless in hurrying through this game as rain was threatening. Justin Hollingsworth & Luke Sugg ran through Growlers batting line up before the national league team quickly surpassed their regional league opponents’ score.

London Metro (210 All Out) beat Somerset VICC (185 All Out) by 25 runs
With Metro wobbling at 116/6 their west country opponents were strong favourites to claim the win, but then a brilliant partnership between Mo Ghalib & in his first ever national level match Alex Ditchburn turned the tie. Ditchburn made 37 & Ghalib 73 with their 81 run stand key to Metro passing 200. Ed Hossell took 4 wickets & a catch with Somerset’s totals also taking 3 catches between Phil Frounks & Steve Cook. In reply Somerset looked home & dry at 118/0 but when Ed Hossell (53) & Rory Hossell (34) fell in quick succession a series of 4 run outs helped the Londoners snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. 2 of the first 3 wickets fell to Amit Amin & Nick Ebbeck held 3 catches.

Semi Finals
Sussex Sharks (148/2) beat London Metro (146/7) by 8 wickets
A brilliant bowling & fielding performance from the Sharks led by Dan Field, Joe Harrison & Marcus Kippling limited Metro to 146/7 with Alex Ditchburn top scoring as he made 37 for the second round in a row. Harrison & Field also led the way with the bat, Joe (62 not out) & Dan (53 not out) both scored at more than a run a ball to seal the win with 7.1 overs remaining.

Warwickshire Bears (357/5) beat Nottinghamshire Knights (134/6) by 223 runs
Luke Sugg helped steer Warwickshire to an unchallengeable score batting first as he smashed 105 from 58 balls. Following him in was Nathan Foy who’s 88 from just 34 balls was the second highest score by a total since the introduction of shades. Gerald Porter also passed fifty meaning Phil Hancock’s 3 wickets were likely to mean little by the end of the game. Notts could only reach 134/6 despite an unbeaten half century from Atif Rafiq. Nathan Foy & Asif Ali claimed 2 wickets each & Mark Turnham took 1 wicket as he joined Foy in meaning the first three wickets to fall were all taken by totals.