Match report of the 2015 final of the Cricketer Cup. Old Malvernians (229-9) Beat Eton Ramblers (150).
Despite all predictions of a hot sunny day, the weather at Wimbledon proved to be overcast. With a grumpy sky and hung over pitch, the Etonians invited the Malvernians to bat first.
The decision seemed justified when the Malvern openers were dismissed cheaply bringing Wood and Milton to the crease earlier than expected at 36 for 2. Uncharacteristically hostile new ball bowling by religiously medium pace, Bruce tested the Malvernians as they set about rebuilding the innings. Milton anchored the innings with a gritty 57 as he saw off the new ball. Whilst wickets fell at intervals runs were scored at a steady and measured pace on what most had predicted to be a 180 pitch. Harwood’s 32 and mature innings from Wood and Gifford helped Malvern to a more than respectable total of 229-9. All the Etonians bowled respectably and the wickets were shared equally amongst but particular note must be given to the veteran Harry Chetwood who at the age of a lot was playing another last Cricketer Cup game finishing with immensely respectable figures of 10 overs 1 for 34 and three paracetamol.
The Eton innings started much same as Malvern’s with their in form captain, Vanderspar, dismissed for 12. However Farley(49) and Gnodde(23) batted steadily and with the score at 101-2 in the 23rd over, the Malvern total looked well within reach. Then disaster struck and within the space of 2 overs the Eton innings slumped from 111-3 to 113-7. King made the breakthrough and with the Eton innings wobbling and Malvern captain, Gifford, sensing his chance brought back strike bowler, Smith, to soften the middle order allowing King to strike repeatedly at the other end. Smith bowled with pace and aggression finishing with 3 for 35 whilst King, a doppelgänger for Ryan Sidebottom in everything but pace, the pick of the day’s bowlers returning 5 for 25. Eventually the Etonians were bowled out for 150 giving Malvern a well deserved victory by 99 runs.
Malvern were as complete a side as has been in recent years: unflappable, professional and calculating. It should be noted that Malvern have now won the competition 5 times in the last 10 years, making their tally 9 victories in all fast catching Tonbridge who have won the competition 15 times.
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