Fenham Falcons v Consett & District Cricket Club Consett CC 3rd XI on Sun 25 Aug 2013 at 4.30 pm
Consett & District Cricket Club Won by 10 wickets - Consett are champions

Match report And so to the final.....

First the lads were to keenly observe the second semi-final between Whickham and Fenham to see exactly how their game plans would work and to see what they were up against. A relatively even game saw Fenham score 98/7 before what looked like a strong bowling attack restricted Whickham to 77/7 thus meaning Consett would play Fenham in the final. After watching their performance there was a strong feeling amongst the team that should Cox win the toss (for once) that bowling first would be the best option to win the game.

True to form the useless tosser (of coins!!) lost the toss however Fenham granted Cosnett their wish by electing to bat first. The game was on! The final was to be played over 20 overs rather than the 15 over format of the 2 semi-finals as the time had been caught up from the reduced games earlier in the day.

Cosnett were in confident mood that their tactics would be spot on if they could execute them properly and restrict their opponents to a gettable target. They had seen their opponents love of the 'big shot' in the semi-final and fancied their chances of targeting this as a way of taking wickets and therefore keeping the score down. On this occasion their tactics, execution and effort could not have been any better.

A shake up of the bowling saw Consett start things off with pace off the ball with Scott taking first over after his excellent 3 overs in the semi-final. He was to deliver an immaculate first over which saw only one run scored off the bat and a wicket taken with his 4th delivery as the inevitable heave came from opener Shahzad who misjudged his shot to see the ball clip the top of middle stump and Consett off to the best possible start. To provide contrast it was decided Burlinson would take the second over despite his 1 over going for 17 in the semi-final (sorry Dan) and this was to prove the perfect foil. The extra pace had Fenham repeatedly playing and missing before a fast full, straight delivery was too much for Ayeob to handle and he was adjudged lbw to leave Fenham precariously placed on 3/2. Ehsan was to get off the mark with a streaky boundary but this was nothing to worry about. More tight bowling from the two openers only yielded a few scampered runs before with the final ball of the 4th over the frustration got to Sharaz adn he played the inevitable big shot, he sure did find the middle however Burlinson was to take an outstanding reflex return catch to leave the batsman staring in disbelief that he had somehow found a pair of hands and not the boundary rope and leave Fenham perilously placed on 10/3 after 4 overs. Ehsan who shaped up to look as though he was a dangerous player saw this as his cue to go on the attack. Advancing down the track he planted Scott over long-on for 6 before a reverse sweep brought 4, however Scott was to have the last laugh as the batsman again advanced but the bowler wad equal to the task deceiving him in the flight and Marshall was to effect a smart stumping to end what could have been a dangerous innings for 16 - the only Fenham batsman to reach double figures. Fenham were now in total disarray on 20/4 in the 5th over of their innings and in serious danger of not lasting the 20 let alone posting a competitive total. Scott was to bowl out his 4 overs conceding only a few more singles to finish with 4-0-19-2 of which 10 of those came from 2 balls, an outstanding effort for a young spinner opening the bowling in such a pressure game. Burlinson also would bowl out and finished his spell with an excellent wicket maiden when he produced a fine yorker which knocked back the middle stump of Miah for 7 to finish with brilliant figures of 4-2-10-3. By now Fenham were 30/5 and judging by their body language they felt that they were already beaten. However Cosnett have been in these situations before and allowed teams to get off the hook so every decided it was imperative to capitalise on this and ensure we bowled the opposition out for less than 50. Youth was to continue to be the theme as far as the bowles were concerned as Bradley, the second of the young spin due was to come on first change. He immediately settled into an excellent line and length troubling the batsmen from the off and opened up with a wicket maiden having removed Eyers for 2 thanks to another Miller special at square leg where he pulled off an outstanding one handed catch low to his right (there was of course some debate if this could have been taken easier had he not been stood talking to the umpire but it stick and that's all that matters!). At 30/6 Consett as good as had the game in the bag surely. Miller was to come into the attack next and was given great confidence from his catch as he settled into a much better line and length than the semi-final where perhaps nerves has played a part. A couple of quiet overs ensued before AS Shahzad finally connected with one of the many golf swings he had aimed at the majority of deliveries he had already faced. Unfortunately for him he picked out Burlinson on the boundary at long-on despite a meaty and clean strike and Burlinson judged the catch to perfection in his pursuit of a one man show on finals day with Miller the grateful bowler. We had now reached the 12 over mark and Fenham were now 35/7. A rare expenisve over saw Jamie Bradley concede 9 runs from his 3rd over but ended it perfectly by bowling opposing captain Liaquat with a delivery that had him severley bamboozled into almost playing no stroke which resulted in him only playing onto his stumps. At 44/8 the teams leading wicket taker Wilkinson was beginning to worry that he might not even get his arm over but Miller was given a spell after an excellent 2 over burst where he took 1-3. Wilkinson of course didn't disappoint as he mopped up the tail. His first wicket courtesy of another yet far simpler catch from Miller after a mis-cued drive from A Ali for 0 and then taking the 10th and final wicket with a full delivery that H Ali tried to smash to the legside off middle stump only for him to do nothing but find the middle of his pad and be adjudged LBW. A somewhat frantic clatter of wickets saw Consett bowl out their opponents in only 15.1 overs. Wilkinson finishing the day with combined figures of 4.1-1-4-3 and Bradley finishing the innings with excellent figures of 4-2-11-2 despite one over going for 9 runs.

The life appeared to have been sapped out of Fenham as their last pair left the field but Consett were jubilant. The job however was only half done, something captain Cox sternly reminded his troops in the interval and that a repeat of their capitulation against Littletown may result in death. A target of 47 in 20 overs at a measly 2.35 runs per over, sureley even we couldn't cock this one up?

The batting order was not to be tinkered with and opening pair Jameson and Bainbridge were told that it did not matter if it took the full 20 overs to chase it down just make sure we got there! Jameson as ever was happy to accumulate with quick singles and await the bad ball whereas Bainbridge was always more of a man for the big drive and boundary. Despite being dropped once and managing the occasional play and miss Bainbridge was to smash one towering 6 over midwicket and record one boundary courtesy of a drive and Jameson happily despatched anything short as has always been his trademark. Fenham struggled to motivate themselves in the field and mistakes were frequent which eventually culminated in Consett's winning run coming courtesy of an overthrow at the end of the 9th over. After an initial cautious start the opening pair had accelerated toward victory without even losing a wicket to see Consett record the most comprehensive of victories by 10 wickets in a finals day that they should not have even been part of!!!

The winning run brough scenes of jubilation amongst the players and fans alike who were delighted to see that a season of such hard work had been rewarded with silverware on a day when Cosnett produced arguably their finest all round performance of the season despite missing several regular players showing excellent signs of the clubs strenght in depeth and that the future is bright given that the average age of the team on the day was 18 years and 10 months! Captain Cox certainly the old man of the bunch!

Massive congratulations to everyone who played, gave lifts, our scorer for the day Mike and all those who came along to support the team across the 2 games. Everyone is over the moon to have won and hoping we can continue this success and carry it into the second team for the rest of the season and into next season for the teams imminent promotion to the first division!! The captain's wallet took a battering before collecting the trophy don't worry and will no doubt end up getting the same treatment at next weeks BBQ.

Huge congratulations to Dan Burlinson who was named overall man of the match for his displays in both games which saw him score a rapid 31 in the semi-final and take overall figures of 5-2-27-3 for the day and take 2 outstanding catches. As ever he was his usual talkative self upon receipt of his trophy..... Something we will certainly have to work on!!!

Well done everyone!!!!!!!

Fenham Falcons Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
2w 1b  
for 10 wickets
46 (15.1 overs)
Sharaz ct  + b D Burlinson 1
AQ Shahzad b  D Scott 0
Immv Ayeob lbw  D Burlinson 1
Ehsan st  J Marshall b D Scott 16 2 1
M Eyers ct  L Miller b Jamie Bradley 2
F Miah b  D Burlinson 7 1
AS Shahzad ct  D Burlinson b L Miller 2
J Liaquat b  Jamie Bradley 6 1
H Ali lbw  S Wilkinson 7 1
A Ali ct  L Miller b S Wilkinson 0
Awais Not Out  1

Consett & District Cricket Club Consett CC 3rd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Dominic Scott4.001929.504.75
Dan Burlinson4.021033.332.50
90 - Jamie Bradley4.021125.502.75
Lewis Miller2.00313.001.50
00 - Simon Wilkinson1.10221.001.71

Consett & District Cricket Club Consett CC 3rd XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
2w 6b  
for 0 wickets

(9.0 overs)
Nathan Jameson Not Out  17 2
Chris Bainbridge Not Out  22 1 1
Dan Burlinson   2
00 - Simon Wilkinson  
Ben Clarke  
48 - Ian Cox  
17 - Jack Marshall   1
Jonny Bradley  
90 - Jamie Bradley  
Dominic Scott  
Lewis Miller   2

Fenham Falcons Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
F Miah3.00600.002.00
I Ayeob1.00700.007.00
M Eyers1.00200.002.00
H Ali1.00600.006.00
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