T20 Finals Day Report



Dove travelled to New Mills on Sunday to take part in the Derbyshire & Cheshire Cricket Offside Trust T20 Finals Day. It was the first time that Dove had made it to finals day and they faced High Lane in the First Semi Final.


Dove were asked to bat by High Lane who made a good start picking up a couple of key wickets.


James Gemmell, however, hit 47 from 40 balls and was backed by Joe Hall (18) and Joe Gregory (33) as Dove reached 137-7 a total which was to be about par for the day.


In reply, High Lane struggled with the pacy and accurate Dove bowling attack and never really looked like reaching the total.


Sean Critchlow 2-8, Dan Waterhouse 4-11 and James Gemmell 3-25 ensured that High Lane were all out for 72 sealing a 65 run victory which would put Dove into the final.


In the Second Semi Final, Hayfield batted first against Hazel Grove and posted 142-7. In reply, Hayfield bowled well restricting Hazel Grove to 116-9 securing a 26 run victory.


The Final was a repeat of a Group D game in which Hayfield beat Dove Holes.


Dove made one change to the line up with Dan Jones replacing the injured Joe Hall and it was Hayfield who batted first. Dove made a great start picking up early wickets reducing Hayfield to 53-4. Opener J Noakes (55) and H Howarth (38) both batted well to rebuild the innings.


Sub Jones caught Noakes and regular wickets from the Dove bowlers meant Hayfield reached the days par score of 143-8. Pick of the bowlers D Gilbride 2-19, Dan Waterhouse 3-34 and Ben Bagshaw 2-3.


In reply, the Dove openers got off to a flyer before Gilbride was run out for 10. James Gemmell smashed a superb 51 and had a great partnership with Jack Gregory (26) before both fell and with Dove on 87-3 work was still to be done.


Ben Bagshaw and sub Jones (10*) knocked the ball round and ran well to get close to the target.


Bagshaw hit a few brilliant blows in his 28 not out as Dove reached the target for the loss of just 3 wickets and with an over spare to secure the clubs first ever T20 title.

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