Gloucestershire Senior Clubs Cup Final: Old Down (141-9) beat Cheltenham Civil Service (104) by 37 runs
8:00pm Friday 30th August 2013 in Sport
OLD DOWN triumphed in their first cup Final in living memory and possibly the first in their 170-long history.
Put in to bat on a fast and bouncy track with a huge outfield at Cheltenham, runs were slow to come and despite a long and generally aggressive innings from Dave Gardner with 54 in 32 overs Old Down struggled to get the sort of score they thought was needed in the 40-over game.
Only Andy Kitchen with a quick 25 increased the scoring rate, which was held in check by some good bowling from the Civil Servants and even better outfielding.
Old Down’s score hardly looked enough and that was still the case as Cheltenham approached 50 without loss in the 16th over. However, young spin twins Harry Kitchen (8-2-14-2) and Jordan Rouse (8-1-22-2) really put the brakes on and before you knew it wickets were falling and the required run rate was up to nearly six an over at 65-5 in 26 overs.
Gardner (6-2-18-3) and Ian Maunder (7-0-25-2) continued the strangling of the tail and in the end Old Down ran out comfortable winners.
It was a great comeback from Old Down with superb bowling, supported by a fine display from skipper Mike Rowen behind the stumps, including one brilliant leg side stumping off a wide.
- Old Downs’s success came on the back of confirming promotion to the Bristol and District Senior division on Saturday. Despite losing by two wickets to worthy champions Whitchurch, their second place finish was confirmed.
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