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Cricket Tournament 2014

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The Annual Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament was hosted for the first time by Sussex who entered the competition for the first time only last year. It was held in the delightful grounds of Ardingly College near Haywards Heath on Sunday 27th July 2014.

Again we were blessed with a warm sunny day and although it was disappointing that Middlesex were unable to field a team this year it was pleasing to see three members of that Province were present and that one of them undertook umpiring duties.

The first game saw Sussex play Surrey. Sussex batted first and scored 78 for 4 wickets in their 10 overs. In reply Surrey overhauled the Sussex score for the loss of 2 wickets but with only 2 balls to spare.

In the second game Kent posted a respectable 84 for 3 wickets in their 10 overs with 2 of their batsman having to retire after scoring 25 runs. In reply Sussex scored 89 for the loss of just 1 wicket in 8 overs to register their first win in the competition.

The third and final game saw Surrey bat first against Kent and record a below par 66 for 4 wickets in their 10 overs. However Kent did not have it all their own way and lost 3 early wickets. It was then left to Simon Clare to help recover the position so that 6 were needed to win in the last over. The first 3 balls yielded 3 singles, the 4th ball a two with cries now being heard from the scorebox that he had 25 runs to his name and needed to retire.

1 run wanted 2 balls left and a new batsman at the crease with the field brought in. There was no late crisis as the new batsman firmly struck the ball for four. Kent had won the game and so nearly the Tournament. This produced a 3 way tie with each Province winning one game each. So out came the calculators to see who had the best scoring rate. This proved to be Sussex closely followed by Kent and Surrey.

So it was congratulations to Sussex on winning at only their second attempt and a new name would now go on the Trophy.

The PGM for Sussex, RW Bro. Martin Wilson, then took the microphone to thank the organisers of the event for their hard work, the various stalls that operated throughout the day, Ardingly College for the use of their superb facilities and announced that some £3000 had been raised for Charity.

He was now in a quandary as to whether he should, as PGM of the winning Province, present the Trophy to himself. However he invited RW Bro. Ian Clark, PGM for Surrey, to present the Norman Todd Cup to the winning captain which he was delighted to do. At the choice of the Captains the Tom Auld Trophy for the “Man of the Tournament” was presented Ben Phillimore of Sussex.

Thus concluded a successful day, splendidly hosted by Sussex, which both spectators and participants had all enjoyed.

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