Having lost to The Jiminy Crickets earlier in the season, CtC were somewhat nervous about the prospect of a late season shoot out at Kennington Park to decide the league.
Even despite the absence of player of the season Will Hammond, CtC were able to name an extremely strong side (link), skippered by Davidson on a rare week off from his globetrotting business adventures. Davidson proved why he’s in such demand across the globe from the get go, managing to win the toss and bat first, and then negotiate a twenty over a side game, meaning TJC would be batting in the dark.
Still, CtC needed a score and the top order fired in style. Cass races to 37 off 14, Pearso for back to the hutch with 52 from 28, Skinner joined him, of course he did, with gear unbeaten 50, his off 26 balls. Sherwin however was the standout, bludgeoning 49 from a mere 15 balls. At this stage 250 might’ve been on, but the usually dependable Rutt and Davidson couldn’t keep the rate going, and it took a trademark blast from
Conway 21 from 9 to see CtC up to 220. A good score sure, but anything’s possible at KP...
TJC indeed started well, with their top openers scoring freely. However two wickets from Gimson, introduced at a key time by the skipper, and 8 overs for just 51 from the Rutt / Davo axis meant TJC were out the running from the mid point of the innings. They finished 191-5 giving CtC victory by 29 runs and a second successive league victory.
Chairman George Dean commented “It’s been another good season from the boys, and I think we’re old value for that win. Fair play to TJC, they’re a good side and had they batted first it could easily have been a different game.
There’s been a few standout performances this year, led by Hammond who has been relentless with the bat, and the ever reliable Rutt who has been brilliant in all three disciplines. It’s also great to see Cass back as an asset to the side. Most pleasing though is that it’s been a squad effort, we’ve had better availability this year, and a great spirit - as shown by so many the lads down to watch the final”
Member of the committee for touring Hugh Pemberton added simply “we go again”
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