What a Season
If you had offered East Grinstead CC the Sussex Premier League title and a ECB Royal London Cup semi final place in April I am sure they would have been delighted.
That is what happened this weekend under glorious late summer sun and with a big crowd watching on. As they celebrate a wonderful achievement and season this evening perhaps there might be a few feelings of ‘what if’ knocking about. The Semi Final against Wanstead and Snaresbrook, (who were eventually crowned champions when they beat Ormskirk in a one-sided final), was a brilliant advert for cricket, but it was the visitors who just found that little extra.
EG skipper Will Adkin lead the way with two spectacular catches, the second of which took Adnan Akram who was looking very dangerous on 48 runs. Adkins full length dive left had the crowd on its feet and the visitors wobbling on 135 for 5, At that stage the Mid Sussex side had all the momentum with Ollie Graham clinging onto a fierce drive as Fynn Hudson Prentice took 4 wickets. However the fielding that has been so reliable the whole season just went off the boil late on as Jonathon Das made a very quick 26 runs. The visitors seemed quite happy with 202 all out.
The damage was done early in the reply as the Essex men came our all guns blazing. With them making 4 great catches and slowing the pace EG found things very tough. Indeed at 66 for 6 it was game over even though Toby Margetts and Lewis Hatchet made the visitors work harder for a 43 run victory.
Adkin said after the game,
“yes its disappointing to have gone out today but overall we are very pleased with how the season has panned out. Its the first time EG have won the Sussex Premier League so that’s very encouraging for the future. We shall be having a quite beer to celebrate tonight. I think we have beaten by the better team on the day; they bowled and fielded very tightly.”
East Grinstead CC have produced a season that Sussex Sport can be very proud of establishing their pedigree as being the equal third best club side in the Country with their semi-final appearance in the ECB national cup competition. Also behind the scenes the club have put on an excellent show in terms of facilities and fan base amenities. The cake stand was a winner as was the fast food and out door bar. All in all the #grinarmy have done themselves proud. Good Luck Next Season to all at East Grinstead Cricket Club!
Image: The East Grinstead first XI versus Wanstead & Snaresbrook