Cricket World Trophy 2005
!!!!! Winners !!!!!

Cranrook Lynxes won the fifteenth Cricket World Trophy Final for the second time some fifteen years since their previous victorious appearance in the first ever final.

Their victory came from a productive period after lunch when some 100 runs were plundered off the last ten overs. Before that Old Warwickians had tied down the Lynxes batsmen with some tidy bowling and excellant fielding. Old Warwickians are still probably arguing about this defeat and, in particular' the batting order. OWs were moving alone steadily towards their target only to become becalmed in mid order with big hitters waiting to bat. When they did get in the innings momentum accelerated but it was too late.

OWs ended some 27 runs short to give Lynxes the prize. Gary Marshall was awarded Man of the Match which he was also awarded in 1990 when Peter West attended!



P Towner c D-Smith b Banham 18
H Youngman c Banham b Higgins 24
G Marshall c D-Smith b Higgins 81
C Sorensen c D-Smith b Leonard 41
J Spencer lbw b Banham 12
C Marriott bowled Higgins 10
+A Fullwood not out 37
R Pickerill c Mucraine b Higgins 2
R Hinchcliffe not out 18
Extras (b6,lb8,w7,nb3) 24
TOTAL (7 wkts,55 overs) 267
Dnb:*T Hinchcliffe,T Cullen,B Tragett.
Bowling-Banham 12-2-62-2,Leonard 12-2-49-1,Higgens 12-1-63-4,Reay 12-0-61-0,Wilkinson 7-2-18-01.


C Wilson lbw b Tragett 24
T Rigby c Fullwood b Towner 49
A D-Smith c Hinchcliffe b Pickerill 11
C Puckeridge bowled Hinchcliffe 71
*A Crockert c Fullwood b Towner 0
K Chibber bowled Cullen 3
M Banham c & b b Towner 26
D Higgins not out 10
A Wilkinson bowled Moffat 26
Extras (b4,lb12,w2,nb1) 16
TOTAL (8 wkts,55 overs) 240
Dnb:N Reay,C Leonard
Bowling-Tragett 10-0-41-1, T.Hinchcliffe 12-2-26-1,Pickerill 10-1-51-1, Cullen 11-0-34-1, Towner 12-1-54-3.

Result:Cranbrook Lynxes Won by 20 runs.
Toss: Old Warwickians who elected to field.
Umpires:John Attesley & Les Patterson
Scorers:James Thompson & George Watson

Man of the match:Gary Marshall


Round 1: King's Canterbury
(no scores available)
Round 2: Old Rutlishians
Old Rutlishians 134 all out (T. Hinchcliffe 5-26)
Lynxes 135-2 (H Youngman 40 no, P.Towner 50 no)
Semi Final: Old Roffensians
Lynxes 288 all out (G.Marshall 94, C.Marriott 42)
Old Roffensians 62 all out (T.Hinchcliffe 2-17, B.Tragett 4-9, P.Towner 4-7)
NB Gary's 94 meant that took over as the leading run-scorer in Lynxes history!


Lynxes v.The School
Lynxes loss - no report available

Lynxes v. Sissinghurst
Lynxes 192 for 2 (Richards 75, Youngman 96)
Sissinghurst 157 all out (Hinchliffe 4-20, Fick 3-58, Thompson J 2-21)
Lynxes win

Lynxes v. Bully Boys
Lynxes 260 for 2 (Richards 112 Not Out, Marshall G 127 Not out - 258 run partnership)
Bully Boys 212 All Out (Tragett 3-27, T Mullins 2-23)
Lynxes Win

Lynxes v. Fleet Street Exiles
FSE 292 for 7 (G Marshall 5-35)
Lynxes 240 for 7 (J Barron 37, T Allen 70 Not Out, J Thompson 21 Not Out)
Match Drawn

Lynxes v. Bluemantles
no match - Bluemantles unable to raise a side

Lynxes v. Old Georgians

Old Georgians 275 for 8 dec v Cranbrook Lynxes 279 for 7
Lynxes Win

It seemed appropriate that this game was played against the backdrop of an intriguing Ashes match at Old Trafford. For, just as Australia have proved to be England's nemesis during the last few years, so the Old Georgians have been the side to blot the Lynxes' win record in recent cricket weeks on Big Side. This was the seventh fixture between the two sides and the Lynxes had yet to register a win, having only stopped the losing sequence with a draw in 2004.

Going into this game, the Lynxes team had a nice balance of youth and experience. At one end of the spectrum were recent leavers Tom Cullen and Chris Hoggard; at the other, the Benenden Boys Club of Gary Marshall and Peter Newman. In between, was a bunch comprised mostly of new fathers and husbands, who generally looked older and more haggard than either of the more senior pros !

OGs won the toss and, for the sixth time in seven years, opted to bat first on a sunny morning. Lynxes took the field without Charlie Thompson, who was embroiled in client meetings until almost lunchtime. On the other hand, the OGs' top order was bereft of the prolific Gary Notton, who was gingerly making his way down to London after an all day session at the Manchester test the day before. I know which of the two captains felt they were at more of a disadvantage from the absenteeism, but I shall refrain from disclosing that information here.

With only ten fielders to negotiate, the OGs openers got off to a brisk start, running up a half-century stand in the eighth over. Fortunately for Lynxes, this was also the over in which Ollie "Bullet" Blaydon won an LBW decision that aided by the bowler's best friend, known locally as "The Big Side Bounce". Another rank long-hop in Blaydon's next over resulted in a second wicket, this time via a smart catch at point by Cullen. Two wickets were no more than his efforts deserved, but Blaydon was quickly removed from the attack on the basis that he surely couldn't push his luck any further.

Cullen began bowling his useful off-spinners in the 12th over, the start of a 21-over spell that was only interrupted by the lunch break. He soon had his first victim, out stumped thanks to the lightning reflexes of Tim "Tucky Tuckster" Moore. James Thompson chipped in soon afterwards with a successful LBW appeal and the OGs went in at 116 for 4 at lunch.

Blaydon bowled a controlled spell immediately after lunch, the most impressive control being the fact that he managed to keep down the minty lamb kebabs he had just consumed. As in previous years, the OGs' middle order batted extremely well and numbers 5 and 6 both made half centuries to take the score onto 219. Fortunately, Blaydon (3 for 73) and Thompson (2 for 66) removed both batters in quick succession, the latter being aided by a good catch by Newman. A tidy end to his marathon spell saw Cullen picking up two more wickets to finish with 3 for 84. Despite some excellent fielding to restrict their total, the target of 276 appeared to be a daunting task, particularly as an agreed early finish meant that only 50 overs would be available.

Needing around 5.50 an over from the start, the Lynxes reply did not begin well, with Colin Barrett (4) being bowled off his pads in the second over. Marshall and Newman then made slow progress up until tea, with the scoreboard at 29 for 1 after 9 overs. Things did not get much better afterwards: first Newman (14) was adjudged LBW, then Chris Hoggard (2) was run out controversially and an entertaining knock from Charlie Thompson (22) ended with the envitable skied catch. At 58 for 4 and with the required run rate at almost 7, few would have backed the Lynxes to register their first win against this opposition.

However, some wonderful batting from Marshall and Cullen, allied with some sensible bowling changes from the OGs skipper, led to a brilliant 5th wicket partnership of 181. By the time Marshall was out (caught for 76), the equation had been reduced to a gettable 37 runs off 39 balls. Although Giles May (4) was immediately out to a dubious LBW decision, Cullen revived spirits by bringing up his 100 in the next over. After 21 overs of bowling, a largely chanceless ton was truly an amazing achievement. Despite seeing the ball like a football, Cullen was somehow bowled for 110, leaving Moore and Jez Lawson to find 23 runs from 27 balls.

As the tension mounted and the sledging increased, the prospect of a first win over the Old Georgians beckoned. Lawson (11*) alleviated the tension by putting two full tosses away for 4 in one over, but some tidy bowling meant that 6 were still needed off the last over. Moore (13*) sumptuously cut two fours off the 3rd and 5th ball of the final over and the Lynxes were home and dry.

This was one of the most exciting games I can remember in my 15 years of playing Lynxes cricket and it was also played in an excellent spirit by two teams fielding a wide range of age groups. With fixtures becoming more and more difficult to fulfil, this was a timely reminder that "friendly" cricket can be both fiercely competitive and extremely sociable.

Jez Lawson

Lynxes v. Scorpians
Scorps 166 All Out ( J Thompson 3-69, T Spelling 4-27, D Fick 3-20)
Lynxes 167 for 6 ( A Fullwood 55, A.Mumford 44 Not Out, D.Fick 28 Not out)
Lynxes Win
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