The Lord's Taverners v Emirates XI
Fly Emirates 240 for 7 (32 overs)
The Lord’s Taverners 176 all out (30 overs)
Fly Emirates won by 64 runs
This was the day which promised so much but events over the 3 days before the match resulted in some disappointment on the day. Firstly, our Patron and Twelfth Man, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, went into hospital for exploratory tests at short notice and was unable to attend the event, and then the Taverners strong batting line up was significantly reduced when Kent pulled Darren Stevens out of the game on the Saturday evening in order to protect his delicate knees (he scored 137 for Kent immediately afterwards) whilst our opening bat and wicket keeper, Jon Batty, was obliged to go to A & E on the Saturday night and ended up having an operation following a spider bite and a serious infection.
The final disappointment was the weather, which was forecast for clear blue skies for the whole of the match and the sun made an appearance for about 10 minutes. The disappointing weather conditions didn’t impair the performance of the Fly Emirates team who were out for revenge after two defeats in Dubai in March this year, so the silver dhow trophy, making a belated appearance, was up for grabs once more. The opposition made a blistering start with Reyal scoring 76 at a run a ball bettered only by Nigel Fernandes, their captain, with 56 off 26 balls, while the rest of the line up made telling contributions. Neil Smith was the most economical bowler with 2 for 37, off 7 overs, but Chris White startled both sides and himself, in particular, by getting out the two star batsmen and finishing with 2 for 39, albeit off only 3 overs. Nevertheless, a score of 240 was about par for the course on a small ground and the Taverners were still confident despite the loss of two leading batsmen.
Those who follow county cricket will be well aware that Vince Wells and Darren Maddy opened together for Leicestershire for over five years. It will come as no surprise therefore to hear that Wells was run out in the 2nd over with both batsmen stranded in the middle of the wicket, whilst Maddy was dismissed shortly after, possibly still thinking about the mix up. 16 for 2 was not the start the Taverners were looking for or expecting. Phil Simmons and Paul Tisdale batted well, whilst Mark Alleyne batted brilliantly to score 50 off 39 balls, followed closely by Chris Tarrant with a speedy 11 off 34 balls including one 6! Martyn Ball helped the tail to wag, but in truth the Taverners were always behind the run rate and gently subsided to a 64 run defeat with Amjed Javed taking 5 for 36 and Arshad Ali taking 3 for 3 at the death.
The silver trophy therefore returns to Dubai where we hope to regain it next March.
As ever we are truly grateful to the Emirates Airline for their most generous sponsorship and we were very pleased to welcome Sir Maurice and Lady Flanagan and Gary and Penny Chapman, whose day was complete when he learnt that New Zealand had beaten Sri Lanka by 1 wicket in the Champions competition.
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