Sir George Allen Trophy Final: Primrose Hill Cricket Club v. Ealing Cricket Club

24 August 2018

A last ball thriller...

Sir George Allen Trophy Final

Primrose Hill Cricket Club v. Ealing Cricket Club

At The Nursery Ground, Lord’s Cricket Ground, Sunday 19thAugust 2018

Ealing CC Won By 10 runs

Ealing CC 302 for 5 & PHCC 293 for 5

Each member of the team should be immensely proud of what they have achieved; reaching this Final and for making it very entertaining for the large number of family and friends watching to create such a tense finish. Throughout this match, both teams played some excellent cricket and to a standard not normally associated with the Under 10s game. The fielding, in particular, was of a very high level.

In the history of the Club, this is our first team to have appeared in a Final at Lord’s.

The format: 

Gubby Allen rules batting in pairs, 20 overs each side, 4 overs per batting pair, every player bar the keeper to bowl and the score to start at 200, losing 5 runs per wicket lost and 2 runs per wides and no-balls bowled except in the last over where they cost just one run with an extra ball bowled per wide/no-ball bowled. For the first time LBW was to apply with neutral umpires standing.

The conditions were overcast, unusual for this summer of 2018, the crowd was growing in number, it was the first time that either side had reached this Final. The first challenge facing both Ealing and PHCC was the groundsman to get him to agree to mark out a 19 yard wicket thus replacing the 22 yards wicket that he had prepared. It took some persuasion but Ealing and PHCC jointly won this one.

Next the toss which Ealing won and they elected to bat. Zach, PHCC’s captain, said that he would have done the same if he had won the toss. Was it all in the toss? Yes if we had been chasing on a 22 yard wicket!

With Ben taking the new ball and Zach keeping, PHCC got off to a brilliant start. After the first ball the scorecard read; Ealing Batsman 1 ct Bayfield b Musikant 0. At the end of the first over, Ealing were in deficit; very well bowled Ben. Nicholas bowled the next over and only 4 singles came from it. Ealing’s first pair went on to score 22 runs.

Next to bowl were Aaran and Saahil. With Saahil’s last ball in his first over, PHCC took their second wicket, run-out from a splendid bit of fielding by Saahil off his own bowling. The score now 224 for 2. The next wicket fell in the eleventh over with Judah bowling and he had the batsman stumped by the quick hands of Zach, score now 255 for 3. Next over, bowled by Amar and another wicket, another run-out and again Judah was in the action with a fine throw at the stumps. The score 259 for 4 off 12 overs.

Rohan, Amar and Neel D bowled at Ealing’s fourth pair whom despite some very good line and length bowling managed to add 28 runs. Ealing’s last pair came to the wicket with score on 287.

Ealing’s final pair was restricted to adding only 15 runs. Neel D bowled well to only give away 2 singles in his second over and Neel G frustrated them with his aerial accuracy. He was rewarded in the nineteenth over with being the only bowler in the match to bowl a bowled dismissal. This was no mean achievement. In the same over Neel G also only gave away two singles. The target set was 303 to win. This was PHCC’s highest run chase for the season. The previous highest being 257 against Hornsey CC.

PHCC’s innings and Saahil and Neel D opened up. They faced some very accurate bowling and ended with the score on 15. There had been one bad call in their last over resulting in a run-out. Judah and Rohan came in next and they seemed uninhabited by the continued accuracy of Ealing’s bowling, scoring runs round the ground. Judah, in his score of 12 hit 3 fours and Rohan in his score of 13 hit 2 fours. Such a pity as again there was another run-out, another 5 runs deducted. Nevertheless, Judah and Rohan were to be our top scoring batting pair putting on 26 runs and their partnership was very entertaining and much needed. PHCC were now 241 off 8 overs, 62 runs required.

The next PHCC pair of Arran and Nicholas put on 19 runs with Arran scoring 11. They were the only pair not to lose a wicket. Halfway (ie after 10 overs) PHCC had scored 249, this compared to Ealing’s 255. So not much in it and both teams at this stage had lost 2 wickets.

The fourth pair of Zach and Ben maintained a steady flow of runs although Ben, not yet to face a ball, was run-out. Both Zac and Ben hit one four each and the rest of the runs were in singles. They put on 17 leaving the last pair of Neel G and Amar with 26 runs to win. 

We needed another Judah/Rohan type partnership. First over went for 5 runs and the second for 6 runs. 15 runs were required from the last 2 overs. Had there not been a run-out in the penultimate over, PHCC would have reduced the target to just 8 to win in the last over. This run-out was from an amazing throw from deep mid-on. As it was, 13 runs were required and the over went; 1, 1, 1, 2, 3, run-out. A six was what had been required off the last ball of the match. Ealing had scored a six off their last ball of their innings. Amar, our top scorer finished with 17 runs, including 2 fours, and Neel G played an important role in their partnership of 16 runs. A great pity that all of PHCC ‘s 5 wickets were run-outs.

So, a disappointing result but a very close game, and a great game to have played in and to have watched. Both teams were congratulated at the presentation for playing the match in a competitive but wonderful spirit throughout. I understand that this the first time that the PHCC U10s have reached the Sir Gubby Allen Trophy Final, so many congratulations to the team on the day, to the squad on semi-finals day and to the whole squad of 24 who played in the qualifying league games.

A big thank you goes to Robert Tripp, the Middlesex Colts Association East Area Chairman, for organising the competition and especially the semi-finals day and the Final. Both days were superbly well run.

Before the start of the Final, the team were treated to a tour of the Lord’s Pavilion. This included visiting the England and Visitor’s dressing room and the Long Room. Finally a big thank you to the parents for providing a picnic feast throughout the match.

PHCC Team:Amar Ali, Zach Bayfield (capt), Neel Dandekar, Arran Duguid, Saahil Gani, Neel Gupta, Judah Kandel, Ben Musikant, Rohan Sakhrani,  Nicholas Taylor and Amartya Majumdar (11thMan).