01:28PM, Wednesday 01 September 2021
Berkshire will be seeking to win the NCCA (formerly MCCA) one-day trophy for the sixth time since 2004 - fifth since 2011 - when the holders take on Cumbria at the picturesque Wormsley ground (HP14 3YE) in Buckinghamshire this Thursday ( September 2nd, 10.30 am).
It is a repeat of the 2019 final, played at the same venue, when Berkshire squeezed home by the narrowest of margins - just one run. Berkshire slipped to 60-4 and 91-7 before being all out for 144 in the 47th over. Opener Jack Davis and Chris Peploe both made 31 and Tom Nugent 22, the last two putting on a very valuable 40 for the eighth wicket.
Berkshire opened their attack with spinner Luke Beaven and he took a wicket with his first ball. They looked to be coasting when reducing Cumbria to 65-7 but met with stiff resistance from the lower order with Toby Bulcock making 29 not out.
However, Berks kept him off strike for most of the final two overs and an excellent final six balls from Nugent sealed a thrilling victory. It was their fifth Trophy success since 2004.
Cumbria have twice lifted the Trophy, in 1989 (when the competition was named the Holt Cup with the final at Lord's) and 2012, when they defeated Wiltshire by seven wickets in the first final played at Wormsley.
To reach this week's final, Cumbria topped Group 1 by winning all the three games they played (the other was cancelled), while Berkshire finished runners-up to Wales National Counties in Group 4 with three wins and a defeat.
The side known as The Sausages went on to beat Suffolk and then Cambridgeshire 3-2 in a bowl-out after no play was possible in the semi-final at Keswick due to rain.
Berkshire, known as the Stags, beat Devon at Sidmouth by five wickets in the quarter-finals, followed by Wales at Port Talbot by 62 runs when the group rivals met again in the last four.
Berkshire performance manager Tom Lambert has these thoughts on the big day: "We’re all hugely excited to be returning to Wormsley. It’s a place that holds so many fond memories and we’re desperate to create some more. We are under no illusions that in Cumbria we face the stiffest of tests and expect nothing less than a repeat of our final in 2019. We can’t wait to get there and as we always have we’ll enjoy the day. It’s a special place. We look forward to seeing our supporters and we’ll do our best to make them happy."
Berkshire may have a new supporter at the game as skipper Richard Morris has a new daughter, Poppy, who was born earlier this week.
Savin Perera (Attenborough
Tom Scriven (Henley]
Toby Alber (Hampshire Academy)
Richard Morris (capt, Henley)
Dan Lincoln (wk, Slough)
Euan Woods (Henley
Andy Rishton (Wokingham)
Chris Peploe (Wokingham)
Tom Nugent (Henley)
Luke Beaven (Reigate Priory)
Max Uttley (Wokingham)
Josh Lincoln (Slough)
Stewart Davison (Henley)
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