Our victory in the Unicorns KO Cup last Sunday against Lincolnshire was a fantastic victory even though the result was decided by Duckworth Lewis as a win by 90 runs. The result sees the County play in their first KO Cup final since 2006 when we defeated Dorset at Lord's. This years final will take us to Wormsley CC in Buckinghamshire on Wednesday August 26th with a reserve day on Thursday 27th. We will have to wait to see who we face in the final as the other semi final between Hertfordshire and Cornwall does not take place for a couple of weeks.
Our total off 50 overs was a huge 352 and when the rain came to end the match Lincolnshire were 68 for 3 off 17 overs leaving them to score 285 off the remaining 33 overs. The main players in our huge total were Jack Burnham with 110, Adam Hickey with 70 and Gareth Breese with 78 off just 38 balls.
This result following on from last week's 3 day championship win , which was our first since 2010, provides a clear indication that the County is moving forward in the direction that was hoped for when we committed to a stronger partnership with Durham CCC . In the Championship victory over Buckinghamshire we did not field one Durham CCC player in the team and in the semi final victory over Lincolnshire, 6 of the eleven players were local league players who have played for the County for the previous two seasons. A great deal of this improvement has to go down to the work and commitment put in by Geoff Cook as well as to all the players who are learning from his advice and input.
Alan McKenna 28/7/2015
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