League winners eye first Conference trophy
The first ever play-off between the winners of the Premier League sections of the Club Cricket Conference’s Sovereign Cup and the League Cricket Conference’s President’s Trophy is taking shape.
The Middlesex County League qualified for the play-off when they defeated the Sussex League by nine runs at the picturesque Normandy CC ground in Surrey on Wednesday August 8.
The match will take place on Sunday September 16 at Kidderminster CC, starting at 11.00am, and will be 45 overs per side.
The idea of the play-off arose from discussions between the two Conferences and is being actively supported by the ECB, which is handling the match arrangements and meeting the direct costs of the teams.
Northern Rock have agreed to sponsor the match with a new trophy plus prize money for the competing teams.
Middlesex’s opponents will be known following the final of the LCC President’s Trophy to be held in the North East on Sunday September 2.
The Derbyshire Premier League will travel to meet the Northern Rock North East Premier League, who overcame the North Yorkshire South Durham League in a 25 overs-a-side match on Friday August 24.
Club Cricket Conference Sovereign Cup Final
Shepherd Neame Middlesex County League (239-7) beat Sussex Cricket League (230-8) by nine runs.
Man of the Match – Wesley Morrick
League Cricket Conference President’s Trophy Semi-Final:
The Beechwood Derbyshire Premier League (162) beat The Right Move Abroad Cheshire County League (159) by three runs.
Derbyshire batted first and were 162 all out in 45 overs exactly with contributions from Joe Greenhalgh (31) and Naeem Akhtar (32), and for Cheshire, A Siddall took 5-38.
The Cheshire County League were all out 159 in 44.1 overs, J McCoy (43) S Moores (31) Naeem Akhtar (3-30) Ian Parkin (3-38), and Joe Greenhalgh (3-12). Derbyshire won by three runs.