GCC Academy – Gauntlet Goblet Finalists 2011


GCC Academy - Gauntlet Goblet Finalists 2011


For the first time in several years the Academy players qualified for the Finals of this tournament playing 2 games over the course of the day.

Firstly in the semi final they played Oxford Downs who were the runners up in Group A (GCC topped Group B). Winning the toss GCC put the Downs into bat, quickly claiming a wicket on the 2nd ball. Some very tight bowling and fielding followed including countless dot balls and in total 5 wickets leaving the Downs with a total of 232.

Goring entered the batting and played cautiously giving the importance of the game. Full credit must be paid to the Downs, their bowling was tight and accurate, delivering even more dot balls and far fewer extras than Goring. This allowed them to keep the scoring rate low, but never low enough, each pair steadily increasing Goring’s lead. By the end Goring had scored 242, winning with more runs and much more importantly conceding only 2 wickets.

Into the Final against Banbury Twenty who’d topped Group A. Having lost the toss Goring went into bat. From the start Banbury’s bowling was impressive and their wicket tally quickly climbed throughout all of the pairings. However Goring’s quality bating allowed them to accrue 60 runs excluding extras – but the wkt tally proved to be serious leaving the Goring innings at 206.

In came Banbury and in short order lost 3 wickets, however their 2nd and 3rd paring knew the value of protecting the wicket conceding only 1 between them. With the fourth pair walking in their score totalled only 204, 2 behind Goring. A bit of a nail biter! As expected their final pairing was their strongest and proved up to the task, leaving the final score at 248 and the win to Banbury.

Although runners-up the team should be very proud of their accomplishments, always playing well rounded cricket in the true spirit and showing a determination to win, even on the very last ball still trying to take a wicket.

On the day the whole squad were “Man of the Match”.

Lastly, many thanks to Clive for scoring both games and to the parents who helped make an occasion of the day and by offering fantastic support throughout.

GCC Academy Gauntlet Goblet Runners Up 2011: (Back L-R) Ryland Hale, Owyn Tong-Jones (WK), Tom Castle, Robbie Brown, Alfie Gamma-Flitcroft. (Front L-R) Ray Prince, Alex McGee (Capt), Johnny Hurrell, Charlie Edwards



One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Jim Ross on July 22, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Congratulations Academy men! Great result. You give everyone in the club a standard at which to aim!


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