Alternative Cup Final Match Report
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Alternative Cup Final Match Report
By Paul Toplis, Metro Scorer
Fitting Performance in First Heindrich Swanepoel Memorial Cup 10th August
The thirty-fifth British Blind Sport cricket cup – the first for the new trophy named in memory of Heindrich, a legend of the game and a fantastic member of Metro, saw only the third five wicket bowling haul in a cup final with Warwickshire’s Justin Hollingsworth taking 5 for twenty-eight. Not quite the impressive six for seven that Heindrich managed in 2001 but close to the five for twenty-five of Dave Samuels back in 97.
Sadly Metro were not in the final having lost to Warwickshire in the quarter finals, who then beat Yorkshire to set up a final against Sussex who had beaten Berkshire, Hampshire and Somerset to reach the final. The venue was the county ground at Northamptonshire, hosting the final for the first time, and with sunshine dappling the ground the first action of the day saw the teams assemble on the outfield to be shown the new cup and to have a minute’s applause for Heindrich. In honour of the new cup the match programme featured photos of Hein in action as well as a tribute from the chair of BBS cricket, David Gavrilovic, and favourite memories of Hein in the player profiles.
The captains and officials then went out to the pitch for the toss which Sussex lost and so were asked to bat by Luke Sugg. The Sussex innings started well as although openers Simon Ledwith and Joe Harrison were not hitting the ball off the middle of the bat they ran well together to keep the score moving along and to reach 50 in the seventh over – and then extend their partnership to reach 66 before Simon was caught for 19 by Ryan Leighton in Justin Hollingsworth’s first over. From that point on Warwickshire Bears started to take control of the game and when drinks were taken Sussex were in trouble at 104 for 5; Joe having become Justin’s third victim after scoring 44. Toby Collins threatened to push the score along with a quick-fire 15 off twelve balls that included three fours but no other batsman could get into double figures and Justin captured the last two wickets by bowling Robin Williams and then having Mark Burchell well caught by Andy Powers to end the Sussex innings in the twenty-sixth over with the score on 131.
The Northants hospitality was excellent at the break with a fantastic choice of hot food plus salad and then fruit salad and yoghurt for dessert – Sussex having to eat knowing they faced a big effort in the field if they were to win the cup.
They got off to the best possible start as Simon caught Justin off Mark Buchell’s fifth ball with the score on just 4. However they could not maintain the pressure as Nathan Foy joined Andy Powers in the middle and Warwickshire reached 33 off three overs; Sussex then had their final success of the afternoon as Simon caught Nathan off Joe’s bowling two balls later. The rest of the afternoon however was then Warwickshire’s; Luke joined Andy and this pair rarely looked in trouble as they kept the score moving against all the Sharks bowlers – with none of those used able to stem the flow of runs for more than a few balls at a time. Captain Andy Dalby-Welsh managed to limit them to two in his first over and had bowled four balls for just one in his third, the eighteenth of the innings, before a no-ball resulted in a perhaps rather disappointing end to the match leaving the Warwickshire pair’s partnership on 99, so a third Cup Final century
partnership was not to be. Andy Powers 59 not out, including 10 fours, was also just outside the top ten individual scores.
Northant’s Lee Daggett was on hand for the closing ceremony to award Justin and Nathan man of the match awards, the new trophy to Luke and medals these three and the other Bears – Andy Powers, Ryan Leighton, Jagdish Pata, Hassan Ali, Asif Ali, Mark Turnham, Aiden Reilly and Adrian Snelgrove.
A most enjoyable afternoon – Metro must surely be keen to be in the final next year and capture the new trophy for the first time.