Brown Caps retain ECAD title for Surrey
The Surrey Brown Caps squeezed to victory in the 2nd annual ECAD Twenty20 Tournament at Rokeby School in Surrey.
The three team tournament, missing late withdrawals Nottinghamshire, was run on a round robin basis.
Two Surrey teams - Brown Caps and Lions - took part in the first match to allow Lancashire time to drive down and it proved to be a great start to the competition.
Batting first, the Lions scored 139-4 thanks to 64 not out from opener Moazzam Rashid and 25 not out from Deaf cricket newcomer, 16 year old Will Cuthbert. Their 90 run partnership rescued the Lions innings to set a challenging total after a shaky start. Batting first after early morning rain the Lions undoubtedly got the worst of the wicket.
In reply the Brown Caps got off to a similarly poor start and at 35-3 after 7 overs, the result was very much in the balance. However captain Mike O'Mahony scored a brilliant 64 off just 49 balls before falling just before the end - not for the first time this season - backed up by Farooq Mohammed's 45 not out off 34 balls as the Brown Caps won by 6 wickets with 2 overs remaining.
Niteshk Chavda's 3-13 off his 4 overs not quite being enough for the Lions.
Surrey Lions Squad
Lancashire duly arrived to take on the Surrey Lions who batted first.
Will Cuthbert this time opened the innings and held things together with a commanding 54 not out against the might of England's James Dixon. Moazzam chipped in late on with 17 and his dismissal finally gave him a batting average for the season - 150.
The Lancashire response was underpinned by captain Derek Grabham and Dixon who made 30 and 32 respectively as the wickets were shared around. Nathan Caddell's 2-16 stood out as did Sunil Sagar's economical 1-11 off his 4 overs as Lancashire fell 18 runs short.
This meant Lancashire needed victory in the final game to create a three way tie and run rate decider but their 101-9 on a now tired pitch against a strong bowling attack meant a Lancashire win would only create a Surrey Lions victory on net run rate.
Choosing to bat Lancashire were once again reliant on Grabham and Dixon helped by a great 17 ball cameo of 22 from Ollie Aspinall who hit the ball very cleanly. 15 year old Dominic Augood cleaned up Grabham and Jerome Vassell both cleaned bowled and beaten for pace and once Martin Henderson had teased out Dixon stumped the innings slowly declined with Sheldon Julian taking 3 wickets in his final over.
On paper 102 looked an easy chance for the Brown Caps but Lancashire had other ideas.
David Baker and Saul Allison (41) put on 48 for the 1st wicket in 7 overs but then James Dixon ripped into the Surrey middle order taking 4-17 with immense pace leaving the Brown Caps innings in tatters at 78-6.
Farooq Mohammed fell shortly after and at 81-7 with 5 overs remaining the innings was very much in balance.
Finally Mike O'Mahony managed to see an innings through to victory with the experienced Ross McAuliffe, adding the final 21 runs with 2 overs to spare, O'Mahony ending 17 not out.
It was a valiant effort from the Red Rose county with many players in their ranks new to Deaf cricket.
O'Mahony raised the trophy for the second year in a row as the Lions came in 2nd in the table.
Victorious Surrey Brown Caps team
James Dixon was named player of the tournament and Will Cuthbert young player.
A great event which will hopefully move to the Midlands in 2016 to facilitate entries from all across the UK.