Wednesday 26 September 2012 

Lords Taverners defeat current champions to take corporate trophy

 
 
 

The Warwickshire Taverners 2012 tournament reached a thrilling climax at Edgbaston in mid- September as The Lords Taverners and KPMG contested the final on the centre strip at the ground, used just days before for England’s NatWest t20 International against South Africa.

Both teams had full access to the facilities at the stadium and took their places in the home and away dressing rooms, with spectators from other teams participating in the tournament in attendance and hoping that their chance to play at the legendary cricket ground will come in 2013.

The Lords Taverners batted first and posted 171 for 8 in their 16 overs, which proved to be a very competitive total. Dan Morgan hit 36 before retiring and big hitting Chris Lloyd-Smith reached 21.

In response KPMG reached 126 and fell short by 45 runs. Dan Morgan took the man of the match award for his batting performance and also his performance with the ball.

Tom Burn of Savills was awarded batsman of the tournament for his consistent big hitting. His six over extra cover in the semi-final was worthy of the award alone.

Andrew Sinclair of newcomers DAC Beachcroft LLP was the bowler of the tournament having stripped off his keeping pads to take four wickets, including narrowly missing out on a hat trick.

Gary Callow of Investec Wealth and Investments won the Champagne moment of the tournament. When umpiring at square leg he was caught snoozing and gave a very harsh run out decision with his own team member seemingly already well past the stumps. There will no doubt be a full time umpiring slot for him in next year’s tournament.

Gateleys won the 'Team Spirit' award, which was a hospitality box for 24 people to enjoy one of the Warwickshire Bears’ Friends Life t20 game in 2013, to include a two-course buffet lunch and all the trimmings.

David Foster took home the raffle prize, which was a bat signed by the LV County Championship winning Warwickshire CCC.

Despite the damp summer the tournament concluded with both teams enjoying the chance to play at Edgbaston. The Lord's Taverners managed to deny KPMG a third consecutive victory and break their winning run. 

Huge thanks must go to Edgbaston for hosting the final and putting on the event afterwards, and all those who helped run the tournament with special thanks to Alan Thomas for getting the Moseley Ashfield ground fit to play, and Sarah Long for doing a remarkable job with the administration.

The 2012 tournament was played in great spirit with many memorable moments. The Lord's Taverners charity is sure to benefit from the continued support of the teams and participants.

The 2013 tournament looks like being even stronger than this year with everyone hoping for a dry and hot summer. All interested teams should email slong@meritofs.com

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