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Ealing CC v Bath CC at Cortfton Road, Ealing Sunday 2nd August 2009

ECB National Club Championship  Quarter Final

Background :

If you're looking for omens, how about this......Bath traveled to Ealing for the 2009 QF during the 3rd test of the 2009 Ashes series with England already ahead in the series. Australia were battling hard to stay in the game, Shane Watson was at the crease and about to be given out LBW and on the bus trip to Ealing The Grumbleweeds all sang the number one single "I've gotta feeling" in excited anticipation. 

OK- the similarities with 2013 can hardly be described as spooky and, if proof were needed that the world is a very different place now I will give you two clear examples - Australia could bat and Portsmouth were the F.A.Cup holdres...need I say more?!

The 2009 cup run will possibly be remembered as the one that got away but it will definitely be be remembered as the year Sulley Centurions came to North Parade! Between the dispatching of Cardiff and Taunton St. Andrew (completely forgot that one!) we had one of the most talked about games in Bath's cup history. Man of the match Adam Kelly took 3-16 and then hit an unbeaten 43 to streer us home, but the game will forever be remembered for the 6 penalty runs awarded as the game went into its final over.....not sure Sulley were that happy!

The Game :

There are not many wicket-keepers who have the capacity to change games....but Steve Griffiths is one of them! Batting first, Ealing got off to a flier in front of a large and expectant home crowd. Captain Thorburn and  Lloyd Davies were tearing in, but it seemed one of those days that the faster it came, the easier it went. Griffiths decided that he must come up to the stumps!

Almost immediately, things turned in the Swords' favour. griffiths takes a stunning catch off the bowling of Lloyd,and the batters, who previously had the freedom of west London, were now shackled to their crease and afraid to venture out in case the Bath stumper would expose them. Chris Davies was introduced and Griffiths was on hand to pick up two more smart catches and a stumping as the home innings stuttered and stumbled. It was fitting that the innings finished with another Griffiths stumping - this time off the pace of Lloyd Davies as Ealing finished on 174 off just 42 overs. the stats will show Chris Davies 4-34 and, good as his bowling was, the real plaudits were really deserved elsewhere.

The Bath reply was all going swimmingly as Campbell and Lett breezed to 72-1 (Lett out) and even at 108-2 (Ross Jenkins out) things were all under firm control. Things slipped from there, however, and the home side smelt that victory was still a possibility - or maybe that was just the tremendous barbecue?! From 122-5, the Welsh pairing of lloyd Davies and James brown calmly escorted Bath home and into a home semi-final against the unknowns of Spencer CC....but let's not talk about that!

Just one word of interest (?)  for those travelling to Ealing by train this Sunday. You should use South Ealing station on the tube....fascinating because it is one of only two stations on the whole tube network which uses all five of the vowels in its name!

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