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pavilion and game 2014

Sussex Cricket Foundation Cup Final at Hove

Back in June we hosted one of two 6-a-side tournaments in the inaugural Sussex Cricket Foundation Cup.  Having reached the final of that event versus Arundel our lads progressed through to the grand final at the County Ground at Hove.

Having to cover the whole of the ground with only 4 outfielders this tournament called for a team of fleet-footed youngsters, so on Sunday 4th September Jack Elliott-Monday (c), Tom Chambers (wkt), Reuben Taylor, Ed Miller, Charlie Davies and, the elder statesman of the team, Tim Jarvis took to the field.

In the semi-final our opponents were Glynde and Beddingham CC.  Having won the toss Jack elected to bat and we posted a very respectable 58 from our 5 overs.  Our bowlers kept it tight and minimised the extras, which was essential as wides and no balls counted for 3 runs in this competition. With Glynde wickets falling they never really developed any real momentum and finished 12 runs short.

Our team and supporters then watched the second semi final to see who our opponents would be in the final.  Arundel CC took on St Peter's with St Peter's emerging triumphant.

So at 6pm Tim Jarvis and Tom Chambers opened the batting under the floodlights, having been inserted by St. Peter's.  It was very clear from the outset that these guys were absolutely determined to provide us with a substantial total to bowl at.  Their running between the wickets was frenetic and left our very vocal supporters gasping for breath.  Both retired on 25 and Jack added another 9.  Nine extras brought our score to 68-0, the highest of the day.

The St Peter's openers were clearly in it to win it and after 2 overs they were on 32-0.  Jack then came on to bowl his over and really stifled the flurry of runs. 37-0 from 3. Ed bowls...their opener retires...51-0.  18 required from the last over.  Up steps Reuben Taylor, just the man for such a pressurised situation.  Cool as a cucumber Reuben bowls an amazingly tight and accurate over with only 6 runs coming from it. 

The crowd went wild, the players were delighted.  A great end to a very busy season for our club. 

Our thanks go to everyone involved in the Sussex Cricket Foundation for organising this excellent tournament, to Sussex CCC for allowing the final to be played at the County Ground, to our opponents (Glynde and Beddingham CC, St. Peter's CC, Arundel CC), to all of the umpires and scorers on the day (including our own Jim Gee and Mike Charman), to our enthusiastic supporters and finally to Sussex pro Abi Sakande, who supported and coached our team throughout the afternoon.

The memory of this day will sustain us through the long winter nights ahead.