Champions Beeches finish Evening League on a high

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CHAMPIONS Grant Thornton Beeches 1sts finished their season with a seven-wicket victory against St Helier RFC on Monday, writes John Treleven.

JEP KO Cricket final at Grainville Dean Morrison batting..Picture:DAVID FERGUSON. (25443210)

In a repeat of the JEP KO Cup final, Beeches again proved to be St Helier’s nemesis by winning with ten balls to spare at FB Fields, as St Helier were hampered by being a man short in the field due to a late call off due to a ‘domestic electrical crisis’.

Skipper and former Jersey Cricketer of the Year Dean Morrison set St Helier on their way with a brisk 45 (one 6 and five 4s), after seeing off a tight opening spell from Ben Kynman and Jack de Gruchy, who only conceded 26 runs off the opening five power play overs.

St Helier only had 59 runs on the scoreboard after nine overs but scored 73 off the next five from Ollie Nightingale (26 not out and nearly all in singles) and Jack Maton (30 with two 6s and two 4s) before being carelessly run out.

Kynman was brought back to bowl and only nine runs came off the final two overs.

Charles Perchard, who took a tremendous catch to dismiss Dominic Blampied, opened for Beeches alongside his brother, James.

They put on 84 with Charles on 48 before Blampied exacted some revenge by taking a good catch off a skier.

James (35) took his team to within sight of the finishing line before falling to another good catch, this time by Barry Parsons at full stretch in the gully.

At the other end he was out-scored by Liam Vallois who, playing in his first match of the season but who looked as though he had never been away, scored 42 not out off 20 balls (one 6 and six 4s) to ensure victory for Beeches.

Andy Bradshaw

By Andy Bradshaw
Sports Reporter

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