Yesterday the Final of the Durham County Community Table Cricket League took place in the Indoor School at the Emirates International Cricket Ground in Chester-le-Street.
Rachel Ward the National Table Cricket Officer for CP Sport, the national organisers of the Community League came up for the occasion and kindly offered to act as one of the Umpires. Brandon Barker of Sunderland College, who when he was at school, took part in the Lord’s Taverners National Table Cricket finals at Lords, was the 2nd Umpire.
Four teams took part, GOALs from Pelton Fell, East Durham College and two teams from Bishop Auckland College. The Final consisted of a Round Robin where all sides played each other and then the top two sides would play in a final whilst the remaining teams would play for 3rd place.
Round 1 – East Durham College showed how strong they were by scoring 297 and bowling out GOALs for 254 whilst in the other match Bishop Auckland College B narrowly defeated Bishop Auckland College A the scores being 254 against 244.
Round 2 – Bishop Auckland College B comfortably beat GOALs by scoring 262 and keeping their opponents score to 226. Again East Durham College showed their strength in depth by changing 2 players and comfortably outscoring Bishop Auckland College A team. East Durham College 284 – Bishop Auckland College A 248.
Round 3 – Bishop Auckland College A beat GOALs in this round by scoring 282 and keeping their opponents total to 228. In the big crunch match the two unbeaten teams played a real tight and thrilling match. Bishop Auckland College B scored 267 and East Durham held their nerves to just overtake the score and make 271.
3rd Place play off – Finally GOALs, who had unfortunately been unable to bring three of their best players, came good in the play offs by scoring 270 and keeping Bishop Auckland College A to 265.
Final – In a very close contest East Durham College batted first and after a nervous start the lower order batsman managed to score heavily enough to reach 261. A similar pattern happened when Bishop Auckland College B started their innings and coming into the last over they were quite well behind in the scores but the final batsman held his nerve and won the game by scoring a couple of 6s and a couple of 4s to make their total 270. Well done Bishop Auckland College B team winners of the First Durham County Community Table Cricket Final.
All the participants said how much they enjoyed the event and were all looking forward to the next one. Rachel presented certificates to all the participants and invited Bishop Auckland College B to attend the National Final at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on the 6th December to play against the winners of all the Regional heats that are taking place.
Many thanks to the staff of the Indoor Centre, who had already set out the tables and chairs, which enabled Liam Simpson, Darren Brown, Brandon and myself to set up the equipment quickly before the teams arrived. Brandon and Rachel were excellent as officials throughout the tournament doing their work in an efficient but friendly way and the excellent staff of the Colleges and GOALs who marshalled everyone to the right places at the right times and some were excellent scorers.
And finally a big thanks to all the participants who took part on the day as well as those who for whatever reasons could not make it on the day. If you know of any other colleges who have units who specialise in educating students with Special Needs or organisation that cater for people with various disabilities or impairments who might want to participate in Table Cricket in the future then contact Ron Young on firstname.lastname@example.org.