Brockmam Cup final - 2003

BRIXHAM completed the first part of a possible knockout cup double when their second team defeated Kingskerswell by 45 runs in the final of the Brockman Cup.

The result was seldom in doubt after Brixham had rattled up 171 for three in their 20 overs — Richard Ward clattering seven fours and four sixes on his way to 87 off just 60 balls.

Despite a dogged 71 not out from Paul Harding, Kerswell were always behind the clock and could only muster 126 for six in reply.

Now all Brixham eyes are on this Friday’s Midas Group Shield final at Paignton, where the first team take on the host club.

The double has been done before, South Devon did it last year, but never by Brixham whose only Midas win was way back in 1985.

“That’s what we are aiming for — and the first team are up for it,” said second team skipper Andy Jago.

Jago at 49, is the wily old pro in a young side which was nearly always in control of the final.

Teenage opener George Northcott made 30 at the top of the order, then Ward and left-hander Chris Johnson took centre stage.

They put on exactly 80 in just seven overs before Ward was bowled with a ton in sight.

“There was loads of time for him to get it, but he didn’t know what he was on and had swing at the bowling once too often,” said Jago.

Johnson went on to make 27 and Josh Lenthall hit two sixes in his 13 not out as Brixham posted a formidable total.

Jago opened the bowling with himself and 14-year-old Joe Hyde, whose two for nine off three overs put the brake on Kerswell before they could get started.

At 14 for three they were a long way behind the clock and with half the overs gone a running total of 35 for three told its own story.

Harding crashed five fours and two sixes on his way to 71 after Lenthall dropped him out in the country on 20.

But with Simon Caunter taking two for 27 in the second half, Kerswell were never in with a serious shout of making up lost ground.

Said Jago: “Joe bowled superbly early on. It was important they didn’t get a start and he made sure of it.

“We hiccoughed our way through some of the earlier rounds, but tonight it all came together brilliantly.

“We lost in the semi-final here to Lustleigh last year and the experience of getting so close and losing spurred us on this time and made winning it all the more enjoyable.”

 


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