Ipswich take the title
PUBLISHED: 13:33 20 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:35 03 March 2010
INDOOR CRICKET: Medite Ipswich are the new National League champions following a shock defeat for Stumps of Aston Villa against their local rivals, Cradley Heath who are captained by former Ipswich player, Paul Thorburn.
Medite Ipswich are the new National League champions following a
shock defeat for Stumps of Aston Villa against their local rivals, Cradley
Heath who are captained by former Ipswich player, Paul Thorburn.
Stumps, who needed a win to secure their 8th successive league
title, were well beaten although appeared to be in control most of the
match. Stumps scored 110 runs and had restricted the Cradley side, to 48
after eight overs before partnerships of 52 and 60 saw Cradley romp home in
Medite Ipswich Capt, Gavin Driver, commented "We owe a big thank you
to Cradley. All our hard work since the start of the season has been
rewarded. This has made us hungrier for success as we turn our attention to
the Premier Cup". Manager, Brian Barnard added "This has shown what a great
squad we have, we have been able to bring players into games without
affecting the balance of the side and have now been justly rewarded".
The side now travel to Cradley Heath this weekend for the Premier
Cup, which is a straight knockout based on teams league positions. Barnard
added further "This has put a new light on the Premier Cup. We should now
play Derby, while Stumps have to go up against Cradley again. Cradley will
want to prove that last week's result was no fluke while we will want to
show everyone why we are the best team in the country".
Medite Ipswich's first match is at 1pm with a squad of 10 players
making the trip: Driver (Capt), Edmond (player/coach), Saggers (vice-capt),
Barnard (player/manager), Bloomfield, Chittock, Norton, S Ongers, Pitman,
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