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CRICKET: Disappointing end as rain ruins big day for Banbury
Banbury captain Jimmy Phillips felt they were robbed of their big day after losing to Wimbledon in a semi-final bowl out in the ECB National Club Twenty/20 Finals Day at the Kia Oval yesterday.
The rain which fell for much of the day meant proceedings ended in an indoor shoot-out, with holders Wimbledon progressing after hitting the stumps three times to Banbury’s one.
Wimbledon were deserving winners having reduced Banbury to 27-5 from 6.2 overs in a match already reduced to seven overs.
But Phillips said: “We could have stomached losing if we had a 20-over game, if we had gone out there and been beaten in the course of a game of cricket.
“This was something we knew was always a possibility, but at the minute, it feels a little bit like we have been robbed of the big day we earned.
“It is tough to take and it does hurt right now.”
He added: “Half the team didn’t even get out on to the surface, which is going to hurt for each individual as it hurts as a team.
“I would love to have led the boys down the steps. Maybe next year?
“Craig Haupt was hitting the stumps an awful lot in practice so we got it down to our five usual bowlers plus Craig. Obviously it didn’t work out.”
Rain meant the start was postponed until 2.15 and the game reduced from 20 to seven overs.
Wimbledon chose to bowl and took full advantage of the conditions.
With the ball keeping low, clean hitting was going to be difficult, but Banbury struggled from the start.
Nathan Hawkes was bowled by Mark Smith in the first over.
Haupt flicked a clever six over fine leg for Banbury’s only boundary, but he soon holed out to Darren Hooey at mid off.
Luke Ryan and Richard West tried in vain to get the scoreboard going, but Wimbledon didn’t let up.
When Ian Tew came in at 27-5, it was raining heavily and the umpires took the players off before he could face a ball.
Banbury were given until 4pm to finish their innings and Wimbledon until 4.25pm to start theirs.
The wet weather put paid to that, leaving a bowl out, with five players getting two deliveries each.
While Smith, Rawlinson and Neil Turk hits the stumps for Wimbledon, only Olly Wright succeeded for Banbury.
Wimbledon went on to beat Ormskirk 5-1 in the final in a bowl-out.
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