CRICKETER CUP FIRST ROUND 11 JUNE 2017
A dry Sunday saw all the first round games completed. In the particularly strong top half of the draw the holders, Old Malvernians, bidding for a hat-trick of wins, overwhelmed Old Amplefordians, Alex Milton making 116 in their mammoth score of
412. Their next opponents will be Oundle Rovers who won a tight game against last year’s losing finalists, Old Cranleighans, by 18 runs. A strong all-round performance by former Gloucestershire player Will Rudge took Old Cliftonians to a 13 run win over Eton Ramblers; Rudge made 53 and then took 4-42. Ryan Higgins of Bradfield Waifs (and Middlesex) made 99 not out as his side overtook the 221 of Harrow Wanderers in only 30 overs. Shrewsbury Saracens, who beat Repton Pilgrims by 209 runs, and Stowe Templars both look strong sides and now meet in the second round. Stowe’s J.Keeping made 103 against St Edward’s Martyrs, for whom R.Willis took 3 wickets and then made 71 not out in the losing cause. Old Wellingtonians had an easy win at Rugby, but Charterhouse Friars struggled to a 3 wicket win chasing only 133 at Uppingham, for whom A.Lewin took 5-29.
In the bottom half of the draw, Old Tonbridgians, with 60s from Tom Elliott and Ollie Howick, beat Old Alleynians by 47 runs at Dulwich and will now play Old Wykehamists, who had an easy win at Brighton. Sherborne Pilgrims squeezed home by only 8 runs against Haileybury Hermits, while Old Cholmelians won by a single wicket against newcomers Old Hurstjohnians, who had themselves achieved an impressive first win in the earlier bye round against Old Merchant Taylors. George Adair made 133 not out for Marlborough Blues who chased down an Old Cheltonian total of 241 to win by 8 wickets. Old Bedfordians, for whom Jack Goldberg took 4-11, had an easy win against Downside Wanderers by 7 wickets, and Felsted Robins beat Radley Rangers by 165 runs. Sadly Old Whitgiftians, even with a home draw, could not raise a side and gave Old Eastbournians a walkover.
In the second round on Sunday 25 June, starting at 11.30, the eight matches are (first named at home):
Bradfield Waifs v Old Wellingtonians;
Old Cliftonians v Charterhouse Friars;
Shrewsbury Saracens v Stowe Templars;
Old Malvernians v Oundle Rovers;
Old Tonbridgians v Old Wykehamists;
Sherborne Pilgrims v Old Eastbournians;
Old Cholmelians v Marlborough Blues;
Old Bedfordians v Felsted Robins.