With the sun setting and the light fading, the Kushoom Bugh Tigers claimed the WW IV title on Sunday evening after an excellent day’s cricket. The Tigers kept their nerve as their experienced side proved to have a little to much know how for the Apple Finance Firebirds and their array of star players and young starlets. The Tigers had batted first and an excellent half century from Matt Tigg put them in a strong position. However, his retirement and a cluster of wickets left the innings in the balance before veteran Pete Thompson rolled back the years with 61 from 43 balls, including ten boundaries. That knock, along with 36 extras, saw the Tigers reach a competitive 179-9. Ellis Pickering claimed 3-37 for the Birds while Aalok Latey and Joe Ellis Grewal returned tidy figures. Iron Mike Rath came out all guns blazing as the Birds set about the chase, but Matt Tigg bowled him and Chris Ryan picked up Sam Twine to put the Tigers in control. Terry Wyatt, who always seems to produce on these big occasions, steadied the ship before Tigers captain Mark D’Cruz had to leave the field after injuring his hand attempting a catch on the boundary. Paul Middlemiss entered the fray in a John Terry like moment to replace D’Cruz, and Russ Savidge and Kevin Roome bowled tidily to slow down Wyatt and Pickering. Wyatt retired after reaching his half century and then the O’Dell brothers, stand in captain Jamie and older brother Nicky, ran through the middle order as the Tigers closed in on the title. Kiran Kullar showed some late defiance, but with 18 needed from the last over it was to much, and despite a dropped catch by the younger O’Dell from the last ball of the game, the Tigers got home by ten runs. Thompson was named man of the match for his excellent innings. (Scorecard) (Photos)
Earlier in the day the Birds had proved to strong for the Root 66ers in their lunchtime semi-final. Rath made a brutal 51 not out from 20 balls and with Pickering, Wyatt and Kullar also in the runs the Apple Finance franchise reached 173-9. Matthew Bright picked up 3-21 and the Big Show Josh Lamont claimed 2-20 for the Roots. The Roots then lost two early wickets in reply but Paul St Ratton and Nathan Woods kept their side in the hunt. When they both fell it proved to much though, and despite 20 from Dave Brown the Roots were dismissed for 158. Pickering and Ellis Grewal picked up four and three wickets respectively. (Scorecard)
The whole day was a huge success and many thanks to the umpires (Dave Brown, Ian Twine, Stu Connor, Scott Fisher and Kevin Roome) for standing in the stifling heat, and all those who helped behind the bar and on the BBQ. And many thanks to Chairman Ollie Peck and the team captains for their help in organizing the competition once again.
And a special thanks to our five franchise owners for their continued support of the event, without which we would not be able to play in such a great competition:
Hunter and Co. Ltd – Chartered Certified Accounts
Kushoom Bugh Restaurant