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Bromley back at Lord's for final

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Leo Taylor cracked a century to help Bromley to their second Cockspur Cup final in two years as they won by six wickets at St Just to set up a meeting with Kibworth at Lord’s.

Considering the horrendous weather encountered throughout the season it comes as a major surprise that the second semi-final in this year’s competition was played on Sunday August 19, only a week behind schedule. Kibworth, the 2004 Champions from Leicestershire, were already waiting to see who their opponents on Tuesday September 11 would prove to be.

This semi was a rematch of the game played at the same stage as last year except the venue was reversed. Bromley, after playing at St Lawrence & Highland Court in Canterbury on the Saturday, made the long journey down to Cornwall. They stopped off at Plymouth overnight and made the last leg of the journey on Sunday morning.

They were relieved to find that although cold and cloudy the weather was not going to intervene and force a postponement of the match as St Just had suffered last year when they had to travel to Bromley two weeks running.

Bromley won the toss and invited the home side to bat first. Ruel Braithwaite was due to open the bowling but after two aborted run-ups he left the field to see the physio and Tom Mees took over the honour of bowling the first ball with devastating effect as he immediately took a wicket.

St Just continued to struggle and after 17 overs were 32 for four and had only reached 40 for four after 20. The Cornish side repaired the damage quite well as they progressed to 125 for five off 35 and their innings eventually closed on 190 for nine.

In reply, St Just struck early as Nadeem Shahid was dismissed for 12 but Bromley, led by Taylor, got off to a flying start in comparison to their host’s innings. After 15 overs they were 62 for 1.

Grant Sheen was out in the 20th over with the score 80 for two by which time Taylor had reached his 50. After 30 overs this had become 143 for two and the game was Bromley’s to lose.

Despite losing Taylor after he completed an excellent century, his first of the season – easily surpassing his previous best of 67, and another wicket the visitors eased past their target in the 43rd over winning by six wickets.