• Jim Nicholson

Tue Xl win OSICL Knockout Cup

Tuesday the 13th of August proved not to be unlucky for Shrewton's Tue Xl and they played Steeple Langford in the 2019 cup final of the Old Sarum Invitation League (OSICL) having finished the league as runners up to Fovant.

The Shews batted first with Chris Brewer and Chris Newbury opening, the innings got off to a steady start with Steeple Langford claiming their first wicket in the 4th over, with Brewer caught for 16. The score being 21-1. Will Harries came to the crease at number 3. Harries and Newbury started to accelerate the score, getting to 66 before the fall of the second wicket. Newbury caught for 21.

Sam Gillott was in at number 4 and made hay from the off, keeping the run rate going with Harries. Both Shrews batsmen trading boundaries and swapping the strike with quick singles. Harries retired not out for 38 and shortly after so did Gillott not out for 35.

Dan Pownall was it at number 5 initially supporting Gillott before the skipper, Dan Bingley joined Pownall at the crease to finish the overs. Pownall finished 5 not out as Bingley was bowled with the last ball of the innings for 12, Shrewton making 129 with the bat from 100 balls and with 13 extras, set Steeple Langford a total of 142/3.

Steeple Langford started their chase is spectacular fashion. Pete White bowling the opening over with Steeples opener Partridge plundering 17 from the opening over. White took a wicket in the first over with S Bailey (Jnr) out for 0, caught by Chris Brewer. Harries bowled from the other end bowling McNeilly out for 2 with the score 23-2.

Sam Gillott took over from White making an important break through getting Partridge for 29. Matt Wood taking a fine catch on he run in the deep. We wont mention the drop in very similar circumstances not long before to a slightly earlier on with the ball popping out on contact with the floor. S Ford and H Mould were now at the crease with Mould being run out for 6 with Steeple Langford being 62-4 in the 11th over.

Steeple Langford were slightly behind the required rate with Shrewton 84-2 at the same point. Dan Pownall and Will Atkinson took over the bowling responsibilities. L Harvey came in to join Ford and proved a dangerous pairing increasing the run rate. Atkinson making the divisive break through, bowling Ford for 27. S Bailey (Snr) came in at 7 for Steeple Langford and Pete White came into the attack for Shrewton. Newbury caught Harvey for 20 with White setting up the first hat trick by having Bailey (Snr) caught behind by McClure with the gloves. The hat trick ball being defended for a dot ball.

Bingley took over from Pownall and claimed the final 2 Steeple Langford wickets, setting up the second hat trick chance of Steeple Langford's innings, Sharif caught by Pownall for 1 and very next ball Hatt bowled for 0. Again the hat trick ball was defended for a dot ball. Langford finishing their 100 balls scoring 97 with the bat, with 9 extras the total was 106/9.

Trevor Cruse made the after game presentation, the umpires voted Sam Gillott man of the match, scoring 35 with the bat an taking 1-18 with the ball. Congratulations Sam. In addition to presenting the cup to Shrewton and runners up trophies to Steeple Langford there was also presentations for the league shield to Fovant. Congratulations to Fovant, Shrewton look forwatd to another close fight next year.

Further accolades came Shrewton's way with Sam Gillott being presented with the best bowlers trophy for the 2019 season. Also, Chris Brewer was awarded the best batsman trophy for 2019, capping a good night for The Shrews.

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