CRICKETER CUP QUARTER-FINALS 9 JULY 2017
All four quarter-finals were completed and the line-up for the semis is now clear, with the two newest teams in the competition battling for a place in the final. The first of these, Old Eastbournians, had a comfortable win over Old Wykehamists at
Winchester. The hosts had brought down the Old Tonbridgians in the previous round, but never looked like repeating their good form. Old Eastbournians scored 251-7 in their 50 overs with Jacob Smith making 70 and Angus Stewart 55, A.
Fellows bowling well to take 5-38. In reply Old Wykehamists could only muster 163, undone mainly by Charlie Hobden’s 3-28.
Old Eastbournians now face strong opponents in Old Bedfordians who demolished the Marlborough Blues at Marlborough, following two very convincing wins in earlier rounds. The Blues slumped to 24-5, and could only scrape together 150. The wickets were shared, with Jack Goldberg taking 3-16, and two wickets each for Mark Gibbs, Shiv Patel and Paddy McDuell. In reply Northamptonshire player James Kettleborough followed his second round unbeaten century with 82 not out, well
supported by Will Aitkenhead 39 not out, and Bedford raced home by 10 wickets in the 19th over.
There was an exciting game at Wellington as the hosts won by one wicket off the final ball. Charterhouse Friars won the toss, batted first and made 280-7. Andy Hollingworth with 92 off 93 balls was well supported by Olly Pike with 59, and James
Hamblin with 32. In reply Old Wellingtonians lost an early wicket, but 59 from A.Dewes, 31 from A.Boobbyer and a run-a- ball 92 from E.Young gave them impetus. When Young was bowled by T.Gallyer to be seventh out in the 45 th over, the score was 237 and another wicket fell in the same over. With 41 to win off 4 overs and only 2 wickets left, the Friars must have fancied their chances, but J.Dewes came in at nine and scored quickly from the start. D.Hoey, who had already taken 4 wickets, bowled the last over with Wellington 9 wickets down and still 10 required. They made it off the final ball, Dewes finishing with 31 from 18 balls.
At Stowe the hosts won the toss and batted first, but despite 60 from Pearson and 45 from Rob White, the Stowe Templars never really escaped the shackles of the Old Malvernian bowling on a low, slow wicket and could only make 193. Liam Smith bowled very well to take 5-26. In reply the holders of the trophy were 0-2 after 2 balls, but Freddy Wynn continued his good form in this year’s competition to make 86 not out, well supported by Ben Tegg with 40 not out and Malvern won by 5
wickets with 9 overs to spare.
Old Eastbournians and Old Bedfordians reach the semi-finals for the first time only six years after joining the Cricketer Cup. Old Wellingtonians won the cup for the only time in 1995 and will have to play well to deny the Old Malvernians a third
consecutive final appearance.
Semi-Finals (to be played on Sunday 23 July):
Old Wellingtonians v Old Malvernians
Old Eastbournians v Old Bedfordians