13th Jul 2021

The sadness of Bill Graham's passing early on Saturday was marked by a minute's silence before the second semi-final as SN took on Lanchester at Denton Bank on Sunday 11th July. The sky above was clear, but the weather seemed to be coming up the valley.



SNCC 149-6 (20o) Michael Richardson 54, Adam Cragg 61*

Lanchester 147-7 (20o) Sean Tindale 4-17, Calum Fletcher 1-26, Oli McGee 1-24

SNCC won by 2 runs.


Asked to bat the SN innings was indebted to a third wicket partnership of 68 between Richo & Craggy, full of good placement & rapid running, taking the score from 26-2 to 96 -3. 100 runs in 15.3 overs, the later acceleration was supplied by Adam who finished 61*, reversing merrily. Lanchester bowled & fielded very well although Sean seemed mightily unlucky to be adjudged run out when obstructed. Oli strode out to face the last ball of the innings & slog swept for 6 to mid-wicket!


Rain delayed the restart, but a full 20 overs was deemed possible. A fired-up Sean removed both Lanchester openers but racing to 100 in only 12.3 overs & still only 4 wickets down with 9 to win & two overs to go, seemed on course for victory. But in the 19th Sean took two wickets & conceded only 4, 5 to win. The last, bowled by Calum, went dot, dot, wicket, an excellent diving catch by Jonny at third man & conceded only 3 . Bravo !!



Benwell Hill 122-8 (20o) ( Jonny Wightman 1-36, Sean Tindale 1-17, Oli McGee 2-22, Calum Fletcher 1-22, Lee Crozier 3-24)

SNCC 123-3 (17.2o) (Rob Peyton 19, Michael Richardson 73*, Adam Cragg 15.)

SNCC won by 7 wickets.


Kyle Coetzer c Hewison b Wightman 4, 3rd ball of the first over was a good start. At 30 Sean had McCreath caught & another 4 wickets fell in quick succession to 49-6 as Oli & Lee struck. A partnership of 52 between Joseph Anderson & Max Williamson was broken by Rob Peyton's catch off Calum, 101-7 & the innings closed at 122-8. 7 catches taken- Hewi, Rob, Michael 2, Adam, Lee, James - all vital.


In reply 0-1, but 56-2, Rob 19 as Richo's sublime form continued. Another partnership with Adam of 62 was match defining, finishing 73*( 8x4, 1x6, 62b) as the Bulls got home in 17.2 overs. 


Bill would have been very proud of us today !

The tournament win means SNCC are through to the T20 National Area finals day which is at home on Sunday 1st August. Details soon. Onward!



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