Cross clinch T20 ti­tle with in­door bowl-out

Cham­pi­ons now face an Es­sex side in area semis

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Ian Thompson tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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