Bristol Big Bash winners reach regional finals

Bristol reached the regional finals of the 2017 ECB T20 City Cup after a 14 run win over Cardiff.

The side – made up of 16-24-year-olds players from local clubs and Chance To Shine street cricket projects – posted 154-9 before restricting their opponents to 140-7.

Matt Shawcross (45) and Danny Slade (37) top scored in the game at Newport CC before Shawcross (2-20) and Jordan Harding (2-18) picked up two wickets apiece.

For the full scorecard go to http://ecbt20citycup.play-cricket.com/website/results/3193957

The victory ensured Bristol qualified for the regional finals at Dunstable CC but were unable to build on their success in Wales.

The inter-city rounds of the competition followed on from the Nando’s Bristol Big Bash T20 tournament held at Brislington CC throughout August. The 45 players – who were all from local clubs and street cricket projects – were put into three different teams, the Lightening, Knight Riders and Scorchers. The teams then went head-to-head across three game days with the Lightening coming out on top.

The T20 tournament was played in coloured kit, using a pink ball and with music to replicate the top T20 tournaments from around the world. Of the 45 players who took part 14 competed for the first time. Mohammed Jawad was named Nando’s player of the tournament for his hundred off 45 balls while Harry Roberts and Charlie Spink both made scores of over 90. Jamie Tapper’s 4-21 was the best bowling figures of the competition.

Now in its third year, Gloucestershire Cricket Board community coach Masoor Khan, hailed the 2017 Big Bash as another successful tournament.

He said: “

The competition has gone from strength to strength and it’s great  to see how far this competition has come in just three years. By offering competitive cricket, coloured clothing and music like in professional T20 competitions, the Nando’s Big Bash is a great way for us to get 16-24-year-olds excited about cricket and keep them playing the game.

“The standard was superb again and it was a great effort for the lads to progress to the regional finals after beating Cardiff.

“Along with the competition and coaching, travelling to Bedfordshire and staying in a hotel for the regionals gave the players a taste of what it is like to be a professional cricketer. The majority of the lads are already looking forward to next year while some of the ones who are too old have expressed an interest in coaching, umpiring or helping out in other ways which is fantastic.”