T20 Finals Day
With the sun shining and baking the pitch making it a batters paradise yet with still a hint of green to keep the bowlers interested…
…RAF Vine Lane could not have been a better setting for a T20 Finals Day between RAF Waddington, RAF Lossiemouth/Leuchars and RAF Odiham.
RAF Waddington, lost the toss and were asked to field first. This was not going to be an easy task. RAF Lossiemouth/ Leuchars got off to a great start and the runs started to flow. With some quick-fire runs from both openers RAF Lossiemouth/Leuchars reached 73–0 from 13 overs. They were soon pegged back with excellent bowling from Parker and Watson, both taking quick wickets and both finishing with 2 wickets each. The highlight of the innings was a world-class catch on the boundary from Gimenez, which even shocked him causing him to dance in delight and he would surely have been given a ‘7’ by the Strictly Come Dancing Judges. After 20 overs, RAF Lossiemouth/ Leuchars finished on 134–5.
The run chase soon started and Diver looked comfortable with a quick 32, until the trap was set by RAF Lossiemouth/ Leuchars to bowl their buffet bowler with Diver picking out the fielder on the boundary instead of hitting it out the ground! At 60–3 after 9 overs, it looked like it could be a very tight game possibly going to the last ball. However, Edwards and Dawson soon took control with a quick-fire 31 from Edwards; Edwards finished the game off in style with a 6 over midwicket, sending the RAF Waddington team wild with delight. RAF Waddington won by 6 wickets finishing on 139–4 from 18 overs.
RAF Waddington, yet again, lost the toss and were asked to field first. RAF Waddington held back the top order batsmen well and after 5 overs RAF Odiham found themselves 29–3. RAF Odiham soon knuckled down and a partnership started between their number 3 and 5, both scoring into the late 40s. RAF Odiham finished their 20 overs with a challenging total of 138–4.
With Edwards pushed up the order to get a good start to the RAF Waddington innings, plan B soon was in place as he was out for 4. With a determined Diver and Parker, it was either good shots or the lack of wanting to run singles; the runs soon started to flow and boundary after boundary followed. RAF Waddington finished in style with a 4, giving them a victory of 9 wickets with 2 overs to spare. This sent the squad wild and RAF Waddington had retained the ashes, no sorry the T20 Finals Trophy.