Posted on June 14th, 2010

PROjEN retain world Twenty 20 Cup

Following on from England’s success in the West Indies the PROjEN cricket team successfully retained the cricket Challenge Cup against Clancy at the Northern Cricket Club in Crosby (not quite Barbados but the sun did shine occasionally). The Clancy team started off slowly and lost quick wickets – mainly due to the much improved bowling attack of Darren Hargreaves, Andrew Davenport, Mark Warrington, Dave Elliott and Paul Anders. Everyone else bowled one over each and everything was going well until nine wickets had been taken and Clancy’s star player Ross was allowed to come back on after retiring on 25 runs (competition rules). Ross promptly scored another 25 runs but this was partly down to the fielding limitations – no, not the number of players limited outside the fielding circle but the actual limitations of the fielders (young ones like Mike McNally excepted).

Set a respectable 107 to win the PROjEN team set of at a steady pace with few alarms – save John Taylor successfully top-edging a Craig Yates delivery into his face. Over 60 runs were on the board when John and fellow opening batsman Dave Elliott had to retire unbeaten on 25 each (yes there were a lot of wides). Andy Davenport took over the batting duties to score a quick 25 after which followed a few cameo innings from Marcus Royle (run out by AD who despite this is still confident he will be paid this month) and Mike McKay and Dave Mairs. Mike and Dave decided to make the match more interesting by slowing the scoring rate so only one over was left but eventually it was left to MD Martin Seabrook to come in to secure the win with a match winning innings – of 2 runs from one ball!

Following the match the teams reflected over a few sandwiches and beers and Craig Yates “happily” presented the trophy (again) to the winning PROjEN team.

Photo: Martin Seabrook and Andrew Davenport (Man of the match)

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