Cross clinch T20 title with indoor bowl-out
Champions now face an Essex side in area semis
GERRARDS Cross were crowned Home Counties Premier Cricket League T20 Champions for the first time on Sunday beating Slough and Banbury in bowl-outs.
With rain forecast all day, the competition was moved indoors, where Joe Bracey struck once and AJ Woodland twice as the Cross claimed a 3-2 win over Slough in their semi-final.
The final against Banbury went to sudden death, with the scores tied at 3-3 after each team had bowled their 10 deliveries, and both teams hit with their next two deliveries to take the score to 5-5.
But after Banbury missed with their next effort, Woodland struck once more to give the Cross a 6-5 win, and they will now play Colchester & East Essex CC in the Area Semi-Finals at Ealing CC this Sunday.
The T20 triumph completed a brilliant weekend for the club, after the first XI’s nine-wicket annihilation of Dinton on Saturday maintained their Division Two promotion hopes and kept up the pressure on leaders Great & Little Tew. Elliot Green and James Crosthwaite were the stand-out performers, Green bamboozling the Dinton batsmen with his leg-spin to take 5-11 in 4.4 overs, while Crosthwaite destroyed their bowling with an unbeaten 60 off 25 balls.
Having chosen to bat, Dinton were reduced to 4-2 as Dan Hampton trapped two victims leg before in consecutive overs, and although they recovered to reach 75-3 at lunch, this quickly became 75-6 as Green took three wickets in nine balls.
Cross’s dominance continued after the interval as Green and Izzy Khan (2-14) obliterated the lower order, Dinton losing their last four wickets for one run in 10 balls, and were all out for just 91.
The reply started slowly before Crosthwaite arrived at the crease with the score 11-1 and, after taking a few deliveries to assess the bowling, the Aussie laid into the Dinton bowlers, hitting eight fours and four sixes in a controlled display of power hitting. He and Jamie Hoddle (29 no) then blitzed the remaining 84 runs off just nine overs.
TROPHIES: The Gerrards Cross CC T20 team