St John’s in the 27th final

St John’s reached the 27th final of the Bassetlaw Cricket Championship, with an exciting semi-final two run win over Redlands.

Having set what seemed to be an unbeatable target of 173 and with an impressive bowling line-up, they looked to be home and dry when the Redlands last pair came together still needing 30 runs in two overs.

Despite tight bowling, the Redlands pair of Alex Redfern and Diesel Webb hit out and needed just six from the last ball of the match before falling desperately short with a hard struck boundary four.

St John’s now meet last year’s beaten semi-finalists, the village school of Gamston.

After convincing victories in the first group stage and defeats of Serlby Park Academy and another village school Misson in their semi-final group, Gamston qualified for the final, to be played at Blyth.

In their semi-final they were inspired by their mature captain Husnain Gul, aided by Henry Paterson and a strong all round team effort.

This means that there will be a new name on the trophy as this will be Gamston’s first final appearance while St John’s will attempt to go one better than in their final appearances in 1995 and 1996.