Finals Day 2015 Preview
Sunday 1st September sees the final four teams come together at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff for the Finals Day of the NatWest Club T20. Reigning champions Chester Boughton Hall are hoping to retain the title they won 12 months ago and they will be joined by 2011 winners Ealing and two newcomers to Finals Day, Exmouth and Pudsey Congs.
Chester Boughton Hall, once again led by captain Lee Dixon, came through a tough Area Final before thrashing Ormskirk in the Quarter Finals. The Cheshire Premier League side are looking to take home the NatWest Club T20 title for a second successive year after dominating Finals Day in 2014 and hope that Finals Day experience will help them in their Semi Final against Ealing.
Ealing themselves still have six players in their squad that won the title for them at Essex CCC four years ago. Captain Huw Jones is one of those players and he hopes that Chris Peploe and Oli Wilkin, who batted Ealing to a 10-wicket win in that final against Chester Le Street, once again help the Middlesex Cricket League side to the victory. Ealing came through a nervous Quarter Final away at Bury St Edmunds, winning off the penultimate ball.
Ealing’s Quarter Final win wasn’t the closest through, that honour goes to Exmouth from the Devon Premier League who travelled to two-time champions Wimbledon in the Quarter Finals and came away with a win off the last ball. Exmouth also made it to the Quarter Finals in 2014, losing out to eventual runners up Ashtead from the Surrey Championship, so they are enjoying a good run of form in the shortest format of the game and go into their Semi Final with confidence high.
Confidence will also by sky high for their Semi Final opponents Pudsey Congs from Yorkshire. The Bradford League side smashed one of the highest ever scores in the NatWest Club T20 in the Quarter Finals as they travelled to Durham to Chester Le Street and put on 250-5 against the three-time Finals Day side. Callum Geldart scored 111 from 62 balls before taking 3-22 for a man-of-the-match performance to secure a 97 run win.
The Finals Day will mirror the format for the NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day, with two semi finals followed by the final under floodlights. The schedule for the NatWest Club T20 Finals Day is:
11:15 – Semi Final 1 – Exmouth v Pudsey Congs
14:45 – Semi Final 2 – Chester Boughton Hall v Ealing
18:30 – Final
763 clubs across 32 leagues around England and Wales played in the competition in 2015. The winners of all 32 league T20 competitions progressed to eight Area Finals. The eight Area Finals winners progressed to the Quarter Finals. Entry into the SWALEC Stadium is free all day so please come down to support your club or just come to watch some of the best that club cricket has to offer.
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