Cricketer Trophy Final 2019 – Sunday 4th August 2019
The Cricketer Trophy final took place at Gerrards Cross Cricket Club between the Lancing Rovers (playing their 3rd final) and the Old Monmothians (playing their 2nd final).
What was to transpire was nothing short of remarkable, however, with Lancing Rovers 47-1 after 10 overs (having won the toss and elected to bat), there was little forewarning. Ryan Maskell and Matt Clarke proceeded to put on a staggering 404 for the second wicket and, when the partnership was finally broken, Ryan departed having scored an astonishing 309 (including 33 fours and 21 sixes). Matt Clarke then swiftly followed suit off the first ball of the last over – departing for a very fine 110. It appeared the majority of the Lancing Rovers top order were either still in shock at what they had seen and/or were suffering from pad rash as G.Warwick of Old Monmothians proceeded to pick up a hattrick in the final over of Lancing's innings as they finished on a quite extraordinary 470-6 (having been 460-1 at the start of the last over!).
Chasing 471 to win, it was clear the Old Monmothians would need to come out guns blazing and they did just that with S.Warwick and G.Warwick striking the ball impressively hard and far from ball one. When S.Warwick departed for 65 off 37 balls, the OM's were on 109-2 after 14.3 overs and very much still in the game. Indeed, despite wickets falling, the OM's impressively continued to stay with the required run rate courtesy of C.Hiram scoring 41 off 37 balls and J.Denning 50 off 23 balls. When these two departed, however, the OM resistance was finally breached and they were bowled out for a valiant 273. H.Gane was the pick of the Lancing bowlers picking up 5 wickets for 58.
So the Lancing Rovers won their second Cricketer Trophy in quite remarkable fashion by 197 runs. Indeed, having scored 50 in round one, 110* in the quarter-final and 27 in the semi-final, Ryan Maskell ended the competition with 496 runs at an average of 165.