OCCC 210 for 2 (Waters 100*, Scriven J 69) beat Charterhouse Friars 207 for 8 (Rollings 3-41, Waters 2-21) by eight wickets
An outstanding unbeaten hundred from Seren Waters helped guide Old Cranleighans to a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Charterhouse Friars in the semi-final of the Cricketer Cup, giving them their second successive final. It was a clinical performance against a side who seven weeks early had thumped Old Cranleighans in a cup warm-up match by 141 runs.
Charterhouse won the toss and batted on a pitch which offered little to the bowlers. Aside from one wicket – the dangerous James Hamblin driving Will Rollings into the covers for 11 – Charterhouse began to dominate. When Tom Crump put down a routine slip catch off the 53 year old veteran Mike Chetwode it seemed it was not to be Cranleigh’s day, and as Charterhouse brought up their hundred in the 21st over a big total appeared likely. Hooper batted superbly and was well supported by Pike as Charterhouse took control.
But then the slow bowlers strangled the innings. Waters, who had been mauled in the quarter-final, was superb, dismissing Hooper (48) and Pike (38) in successive overs, and then aided by Scriven he choked the middle order so that only 60 runs came from their 20-over pairing. From 101 for 1, Charterhouse were floundering at 161 for 6 from 40 overs.
Inevitably, the mounting pressure brought wickets. Adolphus slipped as he was sent back after calling for an unlikely single and failed to beat Waters’ bullet-like throw, and then followed a succession of catches in the deep as batsmen hit out.
Rollings picked up three wickets in three spells, Crump, after a wayward first burst with the new ball, was far more controlled at the death, and Chetwode was as naggingly accurate. A few late blows took Charterhouse past 200 but that always seemed 50 or 60 below par.
Charterhouse needed early wickets to put the pressure on. Instead, they were ground down by an opening stand of 152 between Waters (100*) and Scriven (69). In an unusual role reversal, Waters took on the aggressor role as Scriven, after an early flurry of fours, played a more subdued and considered innings. The fifty came inside ten overs, and by the time Scriven fell in the 31st over the game was all but done and dusted. Duncan Allen, another Kenyan international, on his Cricketer Cup debut, followed soon after for 8, but Waters, pushing singles almost at will saw Cranleigh home.
The only late drama came when it seemed Waters might be deprived of a deserved hundred, but Cope slowed and defended with an uncustomary diligence against tired bowlers, allowing Waters to hoist the winning boundary over mid-on and bring up his century.