TGCC 247 for 8
EXHALL & WIXFORD 175 all out
Temple Grafton won by 72 runs
TGCC reclaimed the Mike Keen Memorial Trophy on Monday with a thumping win at Exhall in a typically good spirited affair. Bank Holiday availability, coupled with a swathe of glory-seeking Coventry City fans travelling to Wembley for the day meant that Grafton were forced to call upon the services of local cricket badgers Chris Calcott and Archie Walker, as well as dragging in Barry John Weston as part of their commitment to the Make A Wish foundation.
Grafton batted first and despite losing early wickets to excellent bowling from Grafton’s Dan McAdam and Tom Richardson were indebted to skipper Liam Killian who steadied the ship. Killian, amazingly dismissed in the eighties for the thirtieth time in two seasons, was in typical ebulent form choosing to pepper the orchard and the sheep fields. Once he was out well stumped by Grafton’s Cavan Farrow the baton was taken up by Weston who took advantage of being bowled at by children and smashed 56* in a partnership of 84 with Exhall’s Ben Ashfield.
After tea, Grafton’s Tom Thompson opened for Exhall and was met with a barrage of grief from Weston but conducted himself impeccably and scored a very well judged 25 partnering with Farrow to set the home side on their way. However the introduction of Calcott to the attack with his eccentric action brought about the demise of Thompson before the crafty Mark Russell and Exhall’s Liam Killian both bowled excellent spells to stem the flow of runs. Calcott returned to mop up some late wickets and claim 4-11 as Exhall were dismissed for 175. Exhall’s Joe Ward claimed his first Grafton wickets with 2-40 from a seven over spell as everyone contributed towards an excellent victory.