Final a Step to Far
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The Isle of Wight Disability Cricket Team made the long journey to Collingham & District Cricket Club in Lincolnshire to take on Yorkshire in the semi-final of the England & Wales Cricket Boards Super 9 competition after qualifying by winning all 6 of their league fixtures.
The Isle of Wight won the toss and decided to have a bowl on a damp day. Openers Kayton Evans (0-33) and bowler of the day Pete Brown (3-20) started well but could not find an early break through, that was left to Becky Jude who run out Lovedale for 5 with a direct hit from 30 yards. Pete Brown then removed the dangerous looking Butler for 8 with a fine catch from Lewis Winter in the slips. Groves (50no) and Abbassi (50no) steadied the ship putting on hundred partnership for the 3rd wicket, but only after Groves had been dropped on naught. Brown came back into the attack and quickly got two more wickets meaning he had to stop bowling, but David Lloyd got in on the action taking a great caught and bowled. Yorkshire eventually finishing on 203 for 6 from their 30overs.
The Island's reply did not get of to the greatest of starts as Ian Rogers was given LBW of the first ball. David Lloyd (39) and Pete Brown (26) settled thing down and started to get the scoreboard moving. Lloyd was run out which brought Kayton Evans to the crease who hit a quick fire 54 from 32 balls meaning he retired. Unfortunately Gus Saltzer, Becky Jude, Oscar Le Neve Foster and Andrew Brown found keeping up with the run rate tough going and the Island eventually finished its innings 162-7 and giving Yorkshire a 41 run victory and passage to the final on the 1st Sept against Derbyshire