Cumbria fall at Final hurdle

It wasn’t to be for Gary Pratts’ Cumbria side as they fell to a heavy defeat against Berkshire in the NCCA one day trophy final at Wormsley on Thursday.

On a glorious day at Wormsley, Cumbria won the toss and elected to field first.

An early breakthrough by McGown had Berkshire 24-1, but a partnership of 132 between Perera and Albert put the batting side in firm control of the game. Perera eventually fell for 84 LBW to Hindmarch, and Albert was picked up by McGown for 76. At one point it looked like Berkshire may pass the 300 mark, but Cumbria kept battling and the Berkshire innings finally completed at 260-8 off their 50 overs.

McGown the pick of the Cumbrian bowlers with 4-50 from his 10, Paul HIndmarch 2-48 and a wicket apiece for Slack and Sharp.

260 was always going to be a tough chase, and this wasn’t helped with the fall of early wickets; Dutton 2, Grainger 0, Slack 9 and Pratt 10 meant the engine room of the Cumbrian batting was back in the shed with just 26 on the board.

Matthew Sempill with 39 was the only real contributor to the Cumbria innings and Paul McGown topping off a good personal performance with a run a ball 26 at the end, but Cumbria were eventually dismissed for 109.

Berkshire’s Andy Rishton picked up the man of the match for his excellent spell of 10 overs, 4 wickets for just 16 runs.

I’m sure the Cumbria lads will be disappointed by the margin of the defeat, but they exceeded people’s expectations by making the final, a great achievement for a group of lads made up from the local leagues.

Full scorecard can be found here:

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Ian Allington

Ian Allington

Cricket Correspondent

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