Richmond versus Bank of England, Mid Surrey Cup Final 22nd July 2017 @ Old Hamptonians CC
Richmond won the toss and elected to field. After heavy overnight rain the wicket and the air was still very damp. Kartik Jain and Alex Jennings's opening 6 over spell only conceded a total of 16 runs Consistent good line and length and this was supported by some solid performances in the field. This set the tone for the Bank of England innings. Neither Kartik nor Alex J conceded a boundary until the second ball of their final death overs.
This gave an excellent platform for Dru Shori and Anosh Malik to continue to apply the pressure. Despite a couple of loose balls that their left hand opener despatched for consecutive boundaries the pressure was maintained and it was only a matter before both their openers were back in the pavilion with the score on 45 after 12.1 overs. Morale in the Bank of England "dressing room" was very low. They were starting to wonder if they had a realistic chance of reaching 80 let alone 100 which had been their initial target.
Pressure mounted further when their third batsmen fell with the score on only 54 after 13.3 overs. Their coaching staff and parents started encouraging their players to start to take suicidal runs in a desperate effort to reach a defendable total. Frustratingly a few wayward throws failed to secure run outs despite the best efforts of Lucien Ashworth who throughout their innings rose to the challenge of keeping wicket. It should not go unnoticed that only one leg bye was conceded in the whole of the Bank of England innings. In the meantime Rory Flack and D Burke, managed to scamper a brisk 53 run partnership in the remaining 6 overes before Rory fell to an excellent catch by Anosh off Alex J's final ball. The target of 108 was set and Bank of England took the field feeling considerably happier than they had done 30 minutes before.
The bookies had RCC as modest favourites as Anosh and Dru went out to open the Richmond Innings. Bank of England opened the bowling with a rather short skiddy bowler who was able to make good use of the uneven bounce. Due to a slight hesitation Dru found himself run out with the score on only 9 at the start of the 4th over. The very next over Anosh fell to a good catch with the score still on 9.
The Bank of England players started to smell victory in their nostrils. Kartik Jain joined David Doughty and a period of consolidation was the task in hand. The ship was duly stedied with a 37 run partnership before Kartik fell to a surprise stumping with the score now on 46 during the 10th over.
Dylan Straker-Grimes strode to the crease with the air of a man on a mission. He ignored the incessent cries of "wicket ball" and deregatory comments about his lack of batting talent. This was duly answered by a positive 35 run partnership before David miscued an attempted maximum falling to a good catch from their Captain who struggled to hold on to any of the other opportunities that came his way.
The score was now 81-4 with Alex Powell clearly in no mood for any nurdling. A quick fire 6 runs off 4 balls before he fell to an edge to the keeper. Richmond was now on 98 needing a modest 17 off the last 22 balls. Interestingly their Captain who has historically led their attack with his leg spin only bowled one over which was dispatched for 7 runs. In fact they struggled to find the correct bowling combination in that he ended up using 9 bowlers. Dylan was still enjoying himself at the other end. So the bookies were not surprised to witness a convincing 5 wicket win with 5 balls to spare. Dylan was not out with an impressive 26 and a strike rate of 113 whilst Keegan calmly notched off 6 not out from the 9 balls he faced.
Frustratingly neither batsmen were able to score the winning run as it was the result of the 15th wide of the innings. The clouds started to form and droplets of rain started to fall but they were too late to save Bank of England from falling victim to another memorable perfomance from Richmond U14s. Great result and good memories to treasure before the Cup Double against Teddington in September.
Updated 13:45 - 19 Sep 2017 by Richard Zotov