Club Cricket Conference

Thursday, 3rd December 2020

NCL retain the Sovereign Trophy

31 July 2019

With rain the day before, the National Cricket League (NCL) won an important toss, and elected to field first, at Leatherhead CC.

South East Sunday Cricket League (SESCL) XI batting first scored 192 for 8 in their allotted 45 overs, with Shabaz Alam anchoring the innings with 76 not out. The pick of the NCL XI bowlers was Adil Ali with 3 wickets for 33 runs.

In reply, the NCL XI batsmen also found it difficult, similar to the SESCL innings, and it needed a special performance to get close or chase-down the target. A useful 2nd wicket partnership of 47 runs and 4th wicket stand of 75 runs were crucial in reaching the total in 41.1 overs, with an outstanding performance and batting display from opener Hamza Ahmed of 98 runs, who was awarded as Man of the Match.

The National Cricket League XI won by 4 wickets, to retain the Sovereign Tophy.

The spirit from both set of players was really positive, and both Leagues players and officers have creating new friendship amongst one another. This is the true spirit that the Sovereign Trophy has brought since 1975, and continues on, in building bridges.
The full scorecard for the final is here:
and match results for the complete 2019 competition can be found here: