Seevent O60 1st XI FINAL
15th September 2015 at Great Oakley CC Corby, Northamptonshire
Somerset v Yorkshire
Amazing fortune smiled on all associated with the Seevent Final as thunderstorms bucketed down within 2 miles of the ground for most of the afternoon, whilst at Lewin Rd, Great Oakley, NN18 only a few drops were received all day – not enough for any interruption. And the Awards Ceremony was conducted in bright sunshine, a final irony to the season’s end.
To the cricket. The strip was good, very good. The square was about to be covered on the Mon pm by volunteers, but the heavy rain forecast arrived 3 hours early. Result – one very sodden square. But Gt. Oakley Groundsman, Mick Yorke, was used to such things and was optimistic about play. “We might get some rain circa 4pm, but generally here, we are clear, whilst Corby cops it.” And so it proved.
Yorkshire won the toss and inserted Somerset, who probably would have batted anyway. In truth, the match was won and lost immediately, but who was to know that? Both David Stephenson and Andy Ashfold were dropped off Taylor and Ivill without really troubling the scorer and after Graham Poulton had departed to a (non) shot, probably accidentally copied from the plethora of recent 20 over Televised slogfests, Somerset dug in. Stephenson played some sumptuous drives and both kept the score ticking over. Yorkshire’s usual trump cards. Martin Ivill, Micky Kenyon and Phil Taylor were all well through their overs at halfway with Somerset 73-1. Accelerating with the advent of Brian Wilson, Zahid Ali and John Flintoff, Somerset lost Ashfold on 41 circa the mid nineties. Simon Hopkinson (38) kept up the strike rate and the injury to Murphy Walwyn was beginning to hinder the Northerners, whose fielding suffered as well. Stephenson eventually perished on 74, tired but content as they posted a competitive 193-7 in their 45 overs, with 80 coming in the last 12.
Yorkshire started promisingly, very much so, as John Flintoff and Martin Ivill punished the Somerset openers, not so tight as the Yorkies. Indeed, it was actually starting to look like a procession as they had 65-0 in 18 overs on the board. Then Ivill fell, for a well constructed 30. Worse was to come for the Northeners as Flintoff’s innings came to an end on 38. Miles Rawlings then pulled a short dirt tracker to square legs left and Richard Newport took a very good catch.
Indeed, one very marked difference in the two teams was the fielding with Somersets’ athleticism superior – Ashfold, for example saved two certain fours early on with diving steps at cover.
Then things got markedly worse for Yorkshire as Brian Hodgson (0) on 91-4, was cleaned up attempting to cut an optimistically called pea-shooter, and the ever dangerous Murphy Walwyn slotted an inviting full toss, not over the boundary, but into a grateful Brian Brogden’s awaiting mitts, a very good catch in the context of the match.
So, with 4 wickets falling with next to nothing, 89-1 turned into 96-5 and , the game had changed on its axis. However, Mickey Kenyon and Phil Taylor have been there before and they started to repair the situation .96-5 became 142-5 with 9 overs left. Spinners Brian Brogden, Norman Botton, Mike Smith and Dave Stephenson weren’t giving anything away and when Kenyon perished, bowled by Botton for 27, Captain Alan Steers was run out, 143-7, Zahid Ali was caught and bowled by that man Stephenson for 0 and Phil Taylor slotted one down Iain Locke’s throat at deep mid on for 23, that was effectively that. 153-9.............. Brian Wilson (4) was the last wicket with Tommy Stafford on 3 not out, a bat in his hand, rarely seen...
Botton was the pick, nearly MOM 3-32, Smith 2-29, Brogden 1-31 and Stephenson 2-14.-who was the Man of the Match !! align="justify"
Many thanks to Mick Yorke and his wife Vilma, daughter Abby, and John for all the food, hospitality and of course the ground. Also, thanks to the scorers Helen Heald, Dave Yorath in left wing mode, as he admitted yesterday, he is a good friend of Jeremy Corbyn!
Plus, of course the EAPL Umpires, Barry Toombs and Mervyn Mann. However, it was all down to Steve Edwards who organized the whole day for Seevent, liaising with Mick Yorke. Thanks Steve !
Other 2015 Finals
2nd XI Final:
24th September (Cheshire won the toss): Surrey 133-9, 45 ovs (G Howgate 60, N Senior 3-17); Cheshire 134-8, 44.5 ovs (G Mountford 32 Not Out, A. Hurworth 31): Cheshire won by 2 wickets
2nd XI Plate:
Due to persistent bad weather shared between Yorkshire and Sussex.
2nd XI Bowl:
Due to persistent bad weather shared between Essex an d Kent.
10th September , Sussex 86-1 (W Jones 43 Not Out, B Peay 32) beat Surrey 85 All Out (A Shanks 3-11, H Milner 3-14) by 9 wickets
Over 60s 3rd XI Champions: Kent