Final brought forward a week

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THE Manx cricket season will end this Sunday when Castletown and Cronkbourne meet in the final of the Standard Bank League Cup.

The match has been brought forward a week from the planned date at the request of both clubs. A reserve day in case the semi-finals had been washed out is now not needed and so a week’s break before the final is avoided.

Cronkbourne seniors now have a great opportunity to gain their first silverware of the year. The Douglas juniors won the under-15 and the u9 leagues, but honours have eluded their adult sides.

Playing at home will be a big advantage and the Tromode team is buoyed up by last weekend’s emphatic semi-final win at Ramsey. The batsmen impressed with a massive 254 for 8 and the bowlers then did their job well to bowl out the northerners for 158.

However, it was Castletown who stole the headlines for their victory at Mullen-e-Cloie.

A great bowling performance dismissed Premiership champions St John’s for just 94. Travis Friend took three wickets for 15 runs from 10 overs – six of which were maidens.

Garreth Roome roared in to claim 4 for 29 and John Short rounded off a fine performance with three wickets. On the Tromode grass track this attack could cause havoc and the home batsmen will be severely tested.

The game starts at 12.30pm and is 50 overs per side. Weather permitting, it should be a fitting end to what has been an exciting season.

l The island executive has landed a coup for the annual dinner in November. The guest speaker will be the renowned Jeremy Coney, MBE. He was a legendary skipper for New Zealand, playing in 52 tests and 88 one-day internationals.

Jeremy lost only one test series (in Pakistan) and was also a Wisden Player of the Year. He now works as a commentator for Sky TV and Test Match Special.

The dinner is at the Empress on Friday, November 11. For further details and tickets, please contact club secretaries or Sue Davidson at iomca@manx.net.

l Isle of Man cricket has strong ties with Lancashire and a book has just come out about the county side that is well worth buying and has a strong Manx connection.

‘Every Day Of The Year’, written by Rick Holden and Dave Moore, goes through the calendar and lists important events in the history of Lancashire for every day of the year. Each entry goes into detail and many hilarious anecdotes are included.

The Manx connection comes through author Holden. He of course is well known in local football circles, but also played cricket for Peel and St John’s. The forward is by island resident Bob Bennett, a former chairman of Lancashire and a great supporter of island cricket. ‘Every Day Of The Year’ is very entertaining and highly recommended.

CRICKET FIXTURES DIARY

Sunday, September 11

Standard Bank League Cup Final (11am)

PokerStars Cronkbourne

v Celton Manx Castletown

At Tromode

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