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Davies demands more from Roffey after second consecutive T20 Cup final defeat



Matt Davies wants Roffey to be ‘more than just a successful league side’ after the Boars fell to a narrow 12 run loss against Eastbourne in Sunday’s T20 Cup final.

Bourne, electing to bat, posted 159-6 off their allotted 20 overs as Malcolm Johnson smashed 64 off 45 balls.

Rohit Jagota (56 off 35) put Roffey in control but a match-winning performance from Joe Pocklington (3-20) reduced the Boars to 147-6 off their allotted overs to see the trophy head to the south coast.

Roffey have now suffered two consecutive T20 Cup final defeats – the Boars were beaten by East Grinstead on fewer wickets lost in 2018 after the scores were level – and Davies rued another ‘huge disappointment’ in the competition.

He said: “It is a huge disappointment not to win. We are all absolutely gutted and will be for a while.

“It’s been a decent season for us, especially going unbeaten in the league. However, we want to be more than just a successful league side.

“The gap between us and the other sides in recent years has been huge. We haven’t been anywhere near our best this season and yet we’ve won another league title.”

Eastbourne openers James Hockley (22) and Johnson put on 32 before Hockley was run out by Mike Norris.

Johnson and Scott Lenham (16) bludgeoned 73 at two to motor the total to 105. But a pair of stumpings off the excellent Luke Barnard (3-31) pegged Bourne back to 131-4.

David Twine (two) and Alastair Orr (12 off seven) were the last wickets to fall before the inning’s end.

The reply saw openers Ben Manenti (29 off 17) and Jagota build a 44 run partnership. The Australian seemed to be finding his groove but he was caught off the bowling of Scott Lenham (1-21).

Jagota and Jibran Khan (43) then took the game by the scruff of the neck. The pair crashed 58 at two to power Roffey to 102 before Jagota was trapped lbw by Archie Lenham (1-30).

Khan and Norris (ten) added 33 for the third-wicket, to see the total at 135, but a devastating spell from Pocklington curtailed Roffey as the Boars went from 135-2 to 147-5.

Henry Crocombe (1-29) bowled Khan with the final ball of the game to spark jubilation for Eastbourne.

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Davies added: “It was a pretty poor performance from us with the ball and then in the latter stages with the bat. We allowed them to get to a total that was more than it should’ve been.

“With five overs to go we were heavy favourites but Eastbourne dragged themselves back into the game and were good enough to get the win.

“Rohit’s innings was brilliant but, apart from against the new ball, we struggled to score at a quick enough rate to take the game away from them.”

After Sunday’s final, Davies revealed that talismanic Australian Ben Manenti may not be returning to Roffey in 2020.

The all-rounder has had a marvellous 2019 Premier Division season. Manenti was the division’s tenth-highest run scorer, 645 runs at an average of 40.31, and the seventh-highest wicket-taker, 26 wickets at an average of 22.77.

With Manenti set to return back to his homeland Davies hailed the Australian’s impact over his four year stint at the Boars.

Davies said: “Ben has some decisions to make in the winter. Chances are we may not see him back in a Roffey shirt next season.

“He’s been absolutely fantastic for us in his four seasons, both on the field and off the field. He is loved by everyone at the club and we all wish him the best of luck back in Sydney.

“Not many clubs will share a bond like Roffey does with Ben, I’ve no doubt that he will succeed wherever he plays.

“On behalf of the whole club, all we can say is thank you.”

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Sussex and Horsham hotshot top scores for England U19s in defeat



Sussex and Horsham starlet Tom Clark top scored for England U19s but couldn’t prevent them losing to West Indies U19s in their opening game of Group B in the 2020 ICC U19 World Cup.

The West Indies secured a 71-run win in Kimberley, South Africa by the Duckworth-Lewis method to top the group after taking two wins from two.

The Caribbean outfit, who were put in by England after winning the toss, scored 267-7 off their allotted 50 overs.

Clark top scored with 38 for the young Lions as they scored 184-9 in a rain affected 43.4 overs.

Kevlon Anderson (86 not out) and Nyeem Young (66 off 41 balls) did the damage for the West Indies in the first innings.

The duo put on 101-runs for the sixth wicket to help them to a sizeable final total.

Clark showed his effectiveness in the field by taking the catch of Kirk McKenzie (12) off the bowling of Lewis Goldsworthy (2-28) at 100-3.

England’s reply saw openers Jordan Cox (20) and Ben Charlesworth (36) combine for a 53-run partnership.

The loss of Cox brought Clark to the crease and the youngster began to push England on.

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The left-hander and Jack Haynes (27), batting at four, struck 51 for the third-wicket before Clark was taken lbw by Ashmead Nedd (2-35) at 120-3.

Clark’s innings of 38 off 53 balls consisted of four boundaries and a maximum.

The loss of the Haywards Heath-born batsman sparked an England collapse.

England lurched from 120-3 to 131-5 before rain stopped play in the 33rd over .

Play eventually resumed but the young Lions stuttered to 151-8 off 38 overs.

Kasey Aldridge’s cameo of 21 off 20 balls helped England to 174 before he was taken with seven overs to go.

Blake Cullen (seven not out) and Hamidullah Qadri (four not out) looked to be England’s unlikely saviours but the rain came and washed away the young Lions’ chances of victory.

England take on second-placed Australia on Thursday before concluding the group phase against third-placed Nigeria two days later.

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Bangladesh T20 title for Bopara – Jordan struggles – Salt stars for Adelaide



Ravi Bopara’s Bangladesh Premier League campaign with Rajshahi Royals ended in triumph when they won the tournament..

The Royals lost their first qualifier to Khulna Tigers by 27 runs with Bopara – who has joined Sussex for 2020 – taking 1-24 and making just one run.

Bopara was left out for the next qualifier versus Chattogram Challengers despite his excellent form throughout the tournamentt. The Royals won by two wickets.

The all-rounder was yet again missing in the Royals XI for the final versus Khulna Tigers, which the Royals won by 21 runs as Bopara won his third BPL title.

In Australia, it was another mixed week for Chris Jordan’s Perth Scorchers. They started the week with a thumping 77-run win over Hobart Hurricanes, Jordan making one run and taking figures of 1-16.

However, they were then beaten twice within the space of three days by table-topping Melbourne Stars, the first game seeing the Scorchers bowled out for just 86 and losing by eight wickets, Jordan making just one run and going wicketless. The second game was a closer affair but still a defeat for the Scorchers, losing by 10 runs with Jordan making two runs and going wicketless again.

It was a better week for Phil Salt, Rashid Khan and Travis Head with the Adelaide Strikers.

It didn’t start well with a seven-wicket defeat to Brisbane Heat as they were bowled out for just 110, Rashid top-scoring with 28 as well as taking figures of 1-30 and Head (8) and Salt (7) making single-digit scores. However, they bounced back in style as they thrashed the Heat in the reverse fixture three days, beating them by 10 wickets.

Rashid (1-15) and Head (1-4) chipped in with the ball before Salt became star of the show as he smashed 67 off just 38 balls to help chase down the 101-run target.

The Strikers finished their week on a high with a 10-run win over Hobart Hurricanes, Salt (13) and Rashid (0-40) offered little but Head was to star this time as his 79 off 40 balls earned him man of the match.

Meanwhile, Danni Wyatt, Georgia Elwiss and Freya Davies all received some big news this week as they were called up to England’s T20 World Cup squad.

It’s will be the third time Wyatt has featured at a T20 World Cup having previously played in the 2016 and 2018 additions of the tournament. Furthermore, it will be a second appearance for Elwiss at a World Cup and a debut World Cup appearance for Davies.

The tournament will start in Australia on February 21 with the final on March 8, with England drawn in a group with South Africa, West Indies, Pakistan and Thailand.

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England fixtures cement The 1st Central County Ground’s position as home of women’s cricket



The 1st Central County Ground, Hove has further cemented its position as the home of women’s cricket in England and Wales after being chosen to host two England internationals this summer.

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