Monthly Archives: June 2011
Last weekend there were no fixtures so this blog is partly about the forthcoming cup games and partly just a bit random. This weekend it’s Hampshire v Warwickshire and South Wales v Sussex in the BBS Primary Club national knockout Cup semi finals.
We may not know which teams will be in the final yet, but we do know where the final is taking place and who the match officials will be.
Ground: This year’s final will take place at the County Ground in Bristol. Those of you watching the England men and Women playing T20 internationals on Saturday may have noticed that both those matches took place at this ground. It’s excellent to be playing the final at an international venue again following the success of Edgbaston in 2009 and the Rose Bowl in 2010.
Match Officials: This year’s officials include two making their first cup final appearance and three who have previously stood in multiple finals.
Umpires: Chris Dawe and John McClean
Scorers: Mike Smith and Steve Field
Match Referee: Dave Gavrilovic
As for the teams trying to reach Bristol:
Hampshire v Warwickshire
Hampshire: This is the south coast side’s first time in the semi finals, so obviously a win would put them in their first final.
Warwickshire: Bears have reached the final once before, in 2008 when they lost to Metro by 1 run. The match was played at Shenly after the game scheduled for the Nursery Ground at Lords was rained off.
South Wales v Sussex
South Wales: Dragons have won the cup 3 times and lost in the final twice. There most recent win was 2006 and they lost in the final a year later.
Sussex: Last year was Sussex’s first time in the final and they saw off Metro by 6 wickets.
All this talk of Cups and finals got me thinking about the Twenty20 Cup:
Metro have already progressed to Twenty20 finals day with a win over Warwickshire, the remaining quarter finals take place in the next few weeks. We are guaranteed a first time winner of the competition as 2008 saw a BCEW invitational XI play two friendly matches, one of which was against the England blind team. Warwickshire won the trophy in the first two years of the competition proper. So I got to thinking about whether any players had played at all 3 finals days so far and it turns out their are a surprisingly high number that have.
Ten players have played all three years:
Dave Gavrilovic: BCEW All Stars (2008), Hampshire (2009) and Northants (2010)
Andy Powers, Luke Sugg, Mark Turnham and Nathan Foy: (England or All Stars (2008), Warwickshire (2009 and 2010)
Dan Field, Dave Allen, Joe Harrison, Miles Northwood and Si Ledwith: England or All Stars (2008), Sussex (2009 and 2010)
We already know Luke Sugg, Mark Turnham, Nathan Foy and Dave Allen won’t be at finals day this year and as Sussex host Northants in the quarter finals at least one more of the ten will fail to make it.
As for the clubs, three current clubs haven’t appeared at finals day, they are Metro Devils, South Wales and Yorkshire, but as Dragons face Devils in the quarter finals one of them will certainly break their duck.
I’ll end today with something I’ve recently researched that some of you might find interesting, the list of those players who have won the various player of the season awards since these awards began. I haven’t included 2007 as their were two leagues and two alternat sets of awards, both of which only included half of the playing clubs.
By Dave Gavrilovic
Blind Cricket Player of the year Winners
* Players listed as the club they played for when they won the award
Overall Player of the Year
2010: Luke Sugg (Warwickshire Bears)
2009: Damion Corrigan (South Wales Dragons)
2008: Damion Corrigan (South Wales Dragons)
B1 Player of the Year
2010: Nathan Foy (Warwickshire Bears)
2008-2009: Award not yet created
Partially Sighted Batsman of the Year
2010: Matt Dean (Metro)
2009: Mohammed Sohail (Essex Tigers)
2008: Chetan Davdra (London Sports)
B1 Batsman of the Year
2010: Mark Betts (Yorkshire VICC)
2009: Adrian Snelgrove (Birmingham SCVI)
2008: Nathan Foy (Warwickshire Bears)
Partially Sighted Bowler of the Year
2010: Heindrich Swanepoel (Metro)
2009: Heindrich Swanepoel (Metro)
2008: Alastair Provan (Northants Steelbacks)
B1 Bowler of the Year
2010: John Garbett (Yorkshire VICC)
2009: John Garbett (Sussex Sharks)
2008: John Garbett (Sussex Sharks)
Most Promising Player of the Year
2010: Justin Hollingsworth (Warwickshire Bears)
2009: Joel Robinson (Metro)
2008: Award not yet created
Fielder of the Year
2010: Dave Wood (South Wales Dragons)
2008-2009: Award not yet created
Last weekend’s official result was Blind Cricket 3, Rain 1! Metro v Sussex was postponed but the remaining three fixtures all took place.
South Wales Dragons v Warwickshire Bears
Dragons were without Damion Corrigan but Howard Greenhill and Brian Davies made first appearances of the season and Darren Sullivan made his competitive debut. For Bears Luke Sugg and Aiden Reilly were absent, whilst Anthony Turnham and Daniel Brotherton played their first matches of 2011.
Warwickshire won the toss and chose to bat first. This looked like a bad decision as Dragons strike bowlers Howard Greenhill and Mike Harrison struck early to leave the away team 26/2. With only 9 players Bears Captain Nathan Foy knew they needed to get runs on the board early in the innings and with help from Justin Hollingsworth he set about doing this. The pair added a rapid 60 before a stunning catch from Howard Greenhill removed Foy for 32 from 16 balls.
Dave Ellingham was the bowler for Foy’s wicket and he quickly grabbed another dismissing Aurangzeb Khan for 7 with the score at 104/4. After that the Bears tail put up little resistance as Darren Sullivan took his first competitive wicket before Mark Dodsworth swept away the remaining batsmen with 3 wickets in 4 balls to end with career best figures of 3-24. Justin Hollingsworth was stranded on 41 not out as his side were All Out for 119.
Dragons openers Toby Warren (22) and Mike Harrison (8) quickly brought the score to 39 before Warren was run out. This didn’t stop the Welshmen’s scoring and their total quickly advanced to 54 before Nathan Foy threatened to turn the game on its head. He bowled Adrian Snelgrove and Dave Wood in successive balls before catching Mike Harrison just 6 runs later. At 60/4 the game was in the balance but Howard Greenhill (27) and Brian Davies (14 not out) steered South Wales to safety. Foy took an excellent catch to dismiss Greenhill but with just 3 needed and 5 wickets left there was only going to be one winner.
This game did feature quite a lot of extras which were not helped by the extremely windy conditions. Dave Ellingham took his total for the season to 17 wickets and with no other bowler in double figures he looks a sure thing for top wicket taker.
Northants Steelbacks v Hampshire VICC
Both teams had players drop out within 24 hours of the match so played with 6 partials each instead of 7. Northants were missing Ian Goodearl and Eddy Claridge where as Hampshire were without Lawrence Graham, Ian Morris and David Knott.
Northants put Hampshire in to bat and although the south coast side started fast they did lose two relatively early wickets. David Keeling bowled Ryan West for 22 before Dave Gavrilovic had Danny Miles caught for a duck. Aaron Fowler played his best innings to date and didn’t give a single chance until Alastair Provan had him out LBW for a career best 76. At the other end Andy Powers gave a number of half chances on the way to his first century of the season. Powers was joined by Matt Page and once he reached triple figures the Hampshire captain smashed the ball to all parts of the ground. Powers did eventually declare after 30 overs with himself on 172, Matt Page on 21 and his side on a massive 343/3.
Powers 172 not out came from 73 balls and included 25 fours and 7 sixes and left him just shy of a thousand runs since he was last dismissed in competitive cricket. The partnership between Powers and Aaron Fowler was an impressive 154.
In reply Northants looked comfortable at 28/0 near the end of the fifth over, but as we’ve seen this season a collapse is never far away for Steelbacks and on this occasion it saw 5 wickets fall for just 15 runs. When Rob Whittle sent Matt Ringland and Dave Gavrilovic back to the pavilion in successive overs whatever hope Northants had of saving the draw was gone at 60/7. Mark Provan (14) and Elliot Stonhill (0 not out) did delay the inevitable for 26 minutes and almost earned a second batting point, but when Andy Powers blasted the ball under Provan’s bat it was all over for 91 and Hampshire had won by 252 runs.
Andy Powers finished with 3-19 as his side moved to second in the table.
Metro v Metro Devils
The Devils gave debuts to Sarah Claire and Becky Sanbrook but only fielded 4 partials along with their 3 low partials and 4 b1’s. Metro won the toss and chose to bat first.
Devils got off to a dream start with Metro skipper Rory Field run out by his opposite number Dave Samuels for just 2. That was as good as it got for blind cricket’s newest side though as Matt Dean and Steve Humphreys put on 158 for the second wicket. Devils did stage a brief fight back thanks to Ryan Jones who had Steve Humphreys caught and bowled for 46 before bowling Shakir Iqbal in the same over. Matt Dean was still at the crease and Abdul Sattar joined him for the innings’ second century partnership, this one contributing an unbeaten 139. Sattar ended 27 not out, but it was Matt Dean who made the headlines with a new BCEW record score of 188 not out. Dean’s monster score came from just 65 balls and included 27 fours and 9 sixes. Metro declared on 305/3 after 19 overs, meaning Devils would have to survive 41 overs if they were to earn a draw.
After an early wicket Dave Samuels (10) and Ryan Jones (14) showed good fight for Devils sharing a second wicket partnership of 43 to give their side hope. However when Rory Field removed Samuels thanks to a Steve Humphreys catch, Devils went from 45/1 to 48/4.
Theresa Robberts continued to battle for her side but when the score reached 52/4 Heindrich Swanepoel and Rory Field blew away the middle order with the score plunging to 53/7. Robberts was one of two wickets to fall with the score on 64 and Heindrich Swanepoel finished off the innings having Sarah Claire caught by Mark Bond for 2.
Although Devils only scored 67 they did bat for 27.1 overs and it took two of the best bowlers in the league to dismiss them. Rory Field finished with 4-12 and Heindrich Swanepoel with 4-15.
South Wales Dragons now have a 39 point advantage over Hampshire at the top of the table, but third placed Sussex still look the most likely to stop the Welshmen claiming a fourth consecutive league title.
Next weekend is England training and half the teams now have a three week break as the first weekend of July is the Cup semi finals.
By Dave Gavrilovic
This weekend saw two games sure to have a big impact on the BCEW League title race.
Warwickshire Bears v Sussex Sharks (BCEW League)
Both teams only had 9 players but with a number of Shark’s key players absent Bears went into the game as favourites.
Warwickshire batted first and attacked from the off intending to declare early. Justin Hollingsworth scored 106 including about ten boundaries and Nathan Foy hit a very rapid 52 but before the end of the 24th over Bears were bowled out for 256 with Mark Burchell taking 4 wickets.
Si Ledwith struck 78 and Joe Harrison 48 to give Sharks a strong start, but when Ledwith fell just after the drinks break for his highest score for Sharks Warwickshire looked the more likely to win. The game was halted by rain and when it started again Sussex needed 60 to win. Wickets continued to fall and when Matt Greenhough and Marcus Kippling came together they still needed 29 for the last wicket. The two Sharks youngsters held their nerve and with help from a high number of extras saw their side over the line for a thrilling 3 wicket victory.
This moves Sussex second in the table and means Warwickshire can’t afford another defeat if they want to fight for the title.
Yorkshire VICC v Metro (BCEW League)
Yorkshire were boosted by an earlier than expected return from injury for Taf Naqvi, where as Metro only fielded 9 players, only 5 of whom were partials.
Yorkshire won the toss and chose to bowl first in very wet conditions. Metro openers Matt Dean and Rory Field blasted 32 runs from the first 3 overs before Matt Dean was first out in very unfortunate circumstances as Rory Field played a straight drive that bowler Alex Towers tipped onto the stumps to run Dean as non striker out in the 4th over.
Amit Amin, Heindrich Swanepoel and Shakir Iqbal all followed Dean back to the pavilion, Iqbal possibly slightly unluckily as his LBW appeared to be bat first.
Rory Field was dismissed shortly after the drinks break as Yorkshire thought they were closing in on the Metro tail, but at 96/5 after 17 overs heavy rain forced the teams off. Tea was taken early but the rain didn’t ease up and the match finished a draw as enough overs had been played to make the match official.
Given the conditions Metro’s score was still competitive and with Andy Law and Gavin Dean at the wicket they had plenty of experience still batting. Yorkshire can take plenty of positives including first catches for David White and Peter Blueitt as well as another catch for Mark Betts.
The weekend’s results leave Dragons and Sussex as the only teams with 100% records.
June 18 and 19 see four more league games with Metro v Sussex and South Wales v Warwickshire (both on Saturday) looking crucial in the title race.
By Dave Gavrilovic
Last weekend saw 4 BBS Primary Club national knockout Cup quarter finals as well as one BCEW League game.
Hampshire v Durham (BBS Cup)
This was Durham’s first ever competitive match and despite a very heavy defeat they showed some fight. Batting first their captain John Hawkins opened the innings and batted from start to finish for 22 not out. Wickets fell regularly at the other end although b1 Helen Robinson did survive for 28 balls to share in the biggest partnership of the innings. Hampshire’s Rob Whittle mopped up the tail for a superb 5-8 as the northerners were all out for 72. Andy Powers blasted 53 from 19 balls to secure Hampshire’s place in the semi finals for the first time, by 10 wickets.
Metro v Warwickshire (BBS Cup)
This match was a chance for Warwickshire to attempt to gain revenge for Metro knocking them out of the Twenty20 cup a fortnight ago. Metro handed debut’s to Andy Law and Shakir Iqbal whilst Dave Samuels played for the main Metro side for the first time in about 7 years. Bears gave a debut to England squad member Ryan Leighton whilst Dave Powers played for the midlanders for the first time in a few seasons.
History was made in this game, Warwickshire batted first and made approximately 339/4 with Luke Sugg smashing a club record 178. Dave Powers weighed in at the end of the innings with a rapid 38 and unusually for Bears only 8 runs were scored by b1s. In response Metro tried to keep up with the extremely high scoring rate but lost wickets on a regular basis. Luke Sugg took 3 wickets as the Londoners were dismissed for around 151. The historic thing about this result is that it is the first time since 2001 that Metro have failed to reach the semi finals and the first time since 2003 that they haven’t been in the final.
Yorkshire v Sussex (BBS Cup)
Sussex started their defense of the cup with their captain Andy Dalby-Welsh and their top scorer in last year’s final Declan Dexter both unavailable. Yorkshire were without opener Taf Naqvi but most people would have seen this as potentially the closest of the quarter finals and so it proved to be.
Sussex batted first and 5 early boundaries from Si Ledwith got the Sharks off to a flying start. Joe Harrison batted solidly as wickets fell at the other end with Ledwith (20), Miles Northwood (4) and Dan Field (19) falling to leave the score at 77/3. Harrison was joined by Toby Collins and the pair put together a brilliant 114 run partnership before Collins was run out for a career best 41. Harrison fell soon after for 84 but the damage was done and Sharks innings finished on an impressive 227/8.
Yorkshire’s reply started disasterously as they plummited to 13/3 thanks to 2 wickets from Joe Harrison and one from Rob Comber. This included Harrison having Mark Betts caught behind from the first ball of the innings. John Garbett and Atif Rafiq mounted a storming fight back as they notched the second century partnership of the match. Garbett was eventually dismissed for 42 with the score on 119 in the 16th over. After another wicket fell Rafiq found able support from Peter Blueitt before eventually falling LBW to man of the match Joe Harrison for 48 to leave his side 145/6. The last 4 Yorkshire wickets fell relatively quickly with the score only reaching 172 with Joe Harrison, Gav Griffiths and Dan Field all finishing with 3 wickets.
Northants Steelbacks v South Wales Dragons (BBS Cup)
With Damion Corrigan and Karl Phillips making their first appearances of the season Dragons started as favourites and fully justified that status. Batting first Toby Warren played a brilliant almost faultless innings with strong support from Mike Harrison. In extremely windy conditions on a poor pitch the Dragons opening pair completely dominated and when Harrison eventually fell LBW for 68 the game was already effectively over with the score becoming 301/1. Toby was also removed before the end of the innings as he was stumped in the 28th over trying to add to his club record score of 216. Damion Corrigan blasted 31 as the innings came to a close on a massive 388/2.
Chasing a score like that Northants needed a good start and they got the exact opposite tumbling to 27/6 in the 11th over due to a mixture of excellent bowling and poor shots. Elliot Stonhill and Dave Gavrilovic decided to try and get the score to a respectable level rather than chasing the distant target. The pair batted together for 12 overs with Stonhill’s wicket leaving the score 49/7. Gavrilovic followed soon after with the score at 54. Eddy Claridge hit 12 and Chris Norman and Hugh Spence batted out the overs before Spence was run out from the final ball of the 30 over innings. Northants 95 All Out did avoid a 300 run defeat, but Dragons still enjoyed a thumping victory. Damion Corrigan finished with 2-10 but yet again it was Dave Ellingham who starred with the ball with 4-17 taking him to a thenominal 15 wickets from 3 matches this season.
Northants Steelbacks v South Wales Dragons (BCEW League)
This time Northants batted first and some how they managed to make the previous days batting collapse look like a strong batting performance! Wickets tumbled and they rapidly found themselves at 12/7. Dave Gavrilovic came in at number 6 and again proved difficult to dismiss and for the second day in a row he shared the biggest partnership of the innings with Elliot Stonhill. When Stonhill got out with the score on 32/8 the last two batsmen lasted just 4 balls between them leaving Gavrilovic not out on 6 and Dragons chasing just 37 for victory. Karl Phillips (3-0), Mike Harrison (3-3) and Damion Corrigan (3-6) were the bowlers who picked up almost all of the wickets.
The Welshmen gave a few different players a bat and Steelbacks took advantage early on. Dave Wood edged through slip from his third ball before being caught one delivery later. Neil Prior was his replacement and he should have had a golden duck as Shah Miah dropped a very easy caught and bowled chance. Alastair Provan removed Alan Humphries to bring Damion Corrigan to the crease and he and Neil Prior looked to see Dragons to full batting points. When Prior was bowled by Charles Ronayne to make it 21/3 Dragons had blown 2 batting points and Northants had earnt a bowling point. There were no further alarms for Dragons as Toby Warren joined Corrigan to see the Welsh side over the line to extend their lead at the top of the league table to 38 points.
After the weekends action we now know the cup semi finals will be South Wales v Sussex and Hampshire v Warwickshire, both games taking place over the weekend of July 2nd and 3rd.
There are two league games this weekend with Metro finally starting their league campaign in the second of them, check back early next week to find out how they do.
By Dave Gavrilovic
PS: The league table on this site is now up to date and the results section will be shortly.