All for one...three for all!
Warwickshire went into final weekend of the 2013 season, aiming to secure the treble at twenty20 finals day, having already secured the BCEW National League Title and The BBS Heindrich Swanepool Primary Club Cup. This was the first time in the club’s history that the club had secured the league and cup double!! However, the season was not yet over and the story continued…..
Saturday 21st September 2013 was the final day in the domestic calendar – based in North London for the annual twenty20 finals day! Four teams, three losing teams, two pitches and only one champion.
Warwickshire were second out of the hat for the semi final draw, and were given a semi-final match up against Hampshire, leaving the other semi-final to be between Sussex and Yorkshire. Hampshire won the toss, and on an overcast gloomy day, they elected to bat first. The bears were able to steady the flow of runs, whilst taking wickets – restricting Hampshire to just 42 all out – predominately down to B1 player of the day, and summer signing – Adrian Snelgrove! Adrian, having bowled sparingly all season, was asked to bowl…and boy did he deliver – taking four wickets in ONE over, including a hat-trick!
Warwickshire, having been set a target of 43 in 20 overs, opened the batting with Captain Luke, and another summer recruit in Andy Powers. The pair, dominated the bowling attack and Andy expressed no mercy on his former club, with the runs being knocked off in just 2.3 overs without loss. This left the bears just one game away from reclaiming their twenty20 title which they hadn’t won since 2009.
Following a lengthy break due to the game finishing so early – and the other semi-final going the full 40 overs. It was finally confirmed that Warwickshire, would face last year’s winners Sussex – meaning it was a repeat of the 2012 twenty20 final, which Sussex won.
The final match of the 2013 season was upon us, Sussex Sharks the 2012 twenty20 and league champions, against the Warwickshire Bears the NEW league and cup champions – who were looking to make history by becoming the first ever UK Blind Cricket team to complete the TREBLE!
Warwickshire won a crucial toss, and asked Sussex to bat first. Warwickshire got off to a cracking start with Andy Powers picking up Sussex’s two key batsman in Joe Harrison and Kelvin Duncan both for Golden Ducks. Sussex were able to regroup and Dan Field, Partial Player of the day, was able to guide Sussex to a competitive total of 171 for four in their allocated twenty overs.
Warwickshire went out with their more ‘Accomplished’ batting opening pair of Andy Powers, and Justin Hollingsworth. Despite the early loss of Andy, the team steadily make progress towards chasing down the competitive total. Mark Turnham was thrown in at number three as a shield – and showed why he was asked to do the job he did. Supporting Justin, Mark was eventually run out, and this lead to star batman Nathan Foy coming in at number 4.
Justin and Nathan put on a solid partnership which deflated the Sussex fielders, with every run being scored and every boundary being hit – the treble dream came closer and closer….but Sussex weren’t done there….Nathan fell with still 48 runs required, and only seven overs to go the pressure was still firmly on Warwickshire to get over the line…Luke joined opening batsman Justin, at the crease – and wasted little time, pumping the first ball he faced over backward square leg for six – meaning Warwickshire only had to deal in singles from now on…
The pair continued to rotate the strike and score crucial runs, and with 15 balls to go, Warwickshire skipper Luke, hit the winning runs, as the ball went for four through mid wicket, and therefore became the first team in HISTORY to complete the Blind Cricket Treble!!!
Justin Hollingsworth was the star of the show for the bears in the final, with an unbeaten 59 proving what an excellent talent he is. After the final, and the mini celebrations – it was time for the end of season awards ceremony run by BCEW.
The following awards were handed out:
2013 Wicket Keeper of the year: Simon Ledwith (Sussex Sharks). Aiden was nominated for this award and was very unlucky – so congratulations on the nomination Aiden!
2013 B1 Bowler of the Year: Pete Bluett (Yorkshire VICC) – Nathan was Nominated.
2013 Partial Bowler of the Year: Alex Towers (Yorkshire VICC) – Luke was nominated.
2013 B1 Batsman of the Year: Kelvin Duncan (Sussex Sharks) – Nathan was Nominated.
2013 Partial Batsman of the Year: Andy Powers (Warwickshire Bears) Luke was also nominated.
2013 B1 fielder of the Year: Nathan Foy (Warwickshire Bears)
2013 Partial of the Year: Dan Field (Sussex Sharks)
2013 B1 Player of the Year: Nathan Foy (Warwickshire Bears)
2013 Partial Player of the Year: Luke Sugg (Warwickshire Bears) – Andy and Justin were also Nominated!
2013 Most Promising Player of the Year: Jimmy Millard (Sussex Sharks)
Congratulations to all of our players that were nominated, and also to all those that won awards. This is an excellent effort by everyone, and shows our class and dominance when we are a team.
Also, there were two awards on the day – B1 player of the day went to Warwickshire’s own Adrian Snelgrove! Well done Adrian! Dan Field won the partial of the day.
After the individual awards were presented, Warwickshire went on to be presented with their League winners medals, and trophy, before being presented with the twenty20 winners medals and trophy, and being announced into the record books as the first team to ever win the treble!