Sutton Cricket Club's 2020 single wicket competition proved to be one of the best in the modern era with two new winners of the men's and women's competition.
The day was superbly orchestrated including the fund raising venture for the club and the Royal Marsden Hospital where over £4 thousand was raised.
It was a rather chilly day but the bacon rolls and burgers were well received and the crowd grew throughout the day adding to the exciting feel.
The women's competition, which had been rather depleted number wise, was won by the 2020 skipper Jess Lewis who beat Jubilee K 7-3 in an intriguing final. Jubilee had beaten former winner
and ex skipper, Carolyn Brady in the semi final on a day of surprises. Arguably the best games of the day however were between Jess Lewis (12*) and Anita Coyne (10*) where wides proved decisive, and Jubilee (8) and Dani Borini (6) where both players fell to
their last ball received.
The men's competition
threw up numerous tight games, though low scoring, to keep the gathering well entertained. Sudhir Gurung, the second Nepalese to grace Cheam Road, showed great application for him to be considered a “dark horse” when he defeated Sam Blake
but he fell to Keith Gilpin (more of him later). A 0-0 result between Sam Woods and Josh Blake was a surprise with the latter progressing not out and Josh also defeated Balajee Ramalingham before falling to Matt Gardner in a 7-7 tie with Matt not out moving
to the semi finals. Matt also turned over Jay Evemy and Sam Schofield to merit his last 4 place.
Matt Lewis disposed of two youngsters in George Duckworth
and Aarav Rajnikanth to earn his place v Gardner in the first semi final.
Keith Gilpin put the 2019 winner, Sam Griffin out as well as Dan Edwards to earn
a semi final against Rehan Ratna' who, in turn had closed out against Bob Foster, the considerate and patient Johnny Rosenthal and Sam Seadon.
In the semi
finals, Gardner had scored just 7 off 7 balls making Lewis the favourite but although he remained not out, he couldn't hit and of his final 3 balls with the field swarming like vultures.
Rehan's 18 not out in the other semi final looked strong but Gilpin progressed with a ball to spare as the competition, once again, proved a great leveller and ruiner of reputations.
The final was one of the best for many a year with Gardner scoring 15 off 9 balls but Gilpin would not be denied and he crossed the line with two balls to spare.
With the presentations, auction and raffle complete, a pleasant evening ensued with most of the talk about the day's cricket while listening to a lovely set of singing from Alita Butcher-Willis.
This all goes to underly the need to preserve a superb tradition at the club.
Thanks to all the helpers, prize donators and of course, Adair, our main club sponsor.