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COPSEWOOD West Indian Wanderers Cricket Club are staging their annual Noel Pitkin Memorial Twenty20 Knockout tournament on Sunday week.

The host club won the trophy last summer and are confident of keeping their grip on the silverware this time around, although they have useful opposition in the shape of Sphinx, Ansley and a Transport CC line-up.

Club spokesperson Esther Tull said: "We're hoping it'll be another great success. It's a real family day and there's lots of activities for children to get involved in. We hold this tournament once a year in memory of one of our greatest players, Noel Pitkin, while also remembering all the players we have lost over the years."

She added: "It's a competition for mixed ability and always a very friendly one. The first game will start at approximately 10am and we're hoping to have the final between 5pm-6pm. We are the holders and of course are hoping to win it again this year."

Oggy leads centenary match

By Danielle Hicks on Aug 11, 10 09:39 AM

BABLAKE Cricket Club mark their centenary on Sunday with a celebrity Twenty20 game at Norman Place Road.

A Bablake Old Boy's side take on a team skippered by Coventry City goalkeeping legend Steve Ogrizovic.

Among his team-mates on the day will be Coventry Blaze coach Paul Thompson and ice hockey stars Russell Cowley and Adam Calder. Ex-County all-rounder Dougie Brown and Tony Frost will represent Warwickshire Cricket Club and Bablake's own Steve Clarke is also in the line-up.

BBC's Coventry & Warwickshire sports presenter Geoff Foster gets his gear out of the wardrobe to make an appearance.

Admission will be free and the bar and BBQ will be open. The game starts at 2pm with gates open at 1.30pm. There is also a raffle with a VIP box for ten at a Blaze home game being the main prize.

Bablake cricket manager Guy Eames said: "We want to celebrate Bablake's centenary in style. We are also having a centenary dinner at the Ricoh Arena and are looking for any former members to attend."

ASHLEY Giles admits that Warwickshire's Twenty20 quarter-final exit to Hampshire on Monday was "hard to take", especially in the light of their excellent progress through the northern group.

The Bears finished top of the group to secure a home tie in the last eight but, for the fifth successive time, came up short in the quarter-final.

Hampshire won by five wickets and, while they just one ball to spare in the end the visitors looked well placed to go through from early in their pursuit of 153.

"It is disappointing when you lose a quarter-final and we have lost three in a row now in my three years," said director of cricket Giles. "It is hard to take because we had played so well in the group and had the leading points tally in the country.

"We were pretty happy with 153 on that wicket but at times we got it wrong with the ball. That happens. We have some quite young bowlers and they have showed a lot of skill and courage for much of the T20 campaign.

WARWICKSHIRE tasted yet more Twenty20 quarter-final anguish as Hampshire triumphed by five wickets with just one ball to spare at Edgbaston.

Five times previously the Bears had reached the quarter-finals only to be denied by Glamorgan, Surrey, Lancashire, Kent and Sussex. Hampshire join the list of tormentors after booking a place at the finals day on their own Rose Bowl patch on August 14.

Once again the Bears, so impressive in the group, came up short at the first knockout stage. It's hard to explain the hoodoo but this year it will hurt more than ever as their buoyant one-day fortunes have prevented a season of total collapse in the light of their championship travails.

Warwickshire were punished for posting a slightly below-par 153. It was a decent but far-from-daunting total of which Hampshire, led by James Vince's skilful 66 (52 balls) paced their pursuit intelligently.

It's just as well the Bears miss the round of championship games this week as this defeat might take some getting over.

After choosing to bowl, Hampshire quickly took the big wicket of Neil Carter who managed just a single before missing a Dominic Cork inswinger.

Keith Barker kick-started the innings with two fours off Abdul Razzaq and again the former Lancashire player looked at home at number three. He greeted Sean Ervine by lifting him for six but fared less well against the first offering from spinner Danny Briggs. Barker advanced, yorked himself and departed for 28 (22 balls).

Darren Maddy is a skilled enough exponent of T20 to collect runs despite being miles from form and he mingled air-shots with good shots for 44 (31 balls) before skying to long-on. That punctured the momentum as Jim Troughton was adjudged run out, though TV replays were far from conclusive, and Ian Westwood lifted Briggs to mid-off. Against accurate bowling, just nine runs came from the 14th and 15th overs and the Bears needed late impetus.

WARWICKSHIRE will attempt to make light of two elephants in the room when they try to reach the Twenty20 finals day at the expense of Hampshire in a quarter-final at Edgbaston tonight.

The Bears aim to deny Hampshire a place at their own party on August 14 when The Rose Bowl will host the four semi-finalists who will do battle to finally bring this season's longest-yet domestic T20 to a climax.

Against opposition who sneaked into the last eight by finishing fourth in the southern group, Warwickshire should go in with confidence having finished top of the northern section and finished off the group stage resoundingly well with six successive wins.

Those elephants? Well, there's the abject championship form this season which sends them into August needing a miracle to avoid relegation.

And, possibly more pertinent to tonight, there is a string of recent T20 quarter-final failures. The Bears have reached this stage of the competition five times, all in the last six years- and lost every time.

Their T20 cricket this year has been impressive, not least when they overcame a dip of three defeats in four games to win back-to-back away games at Chester-le-Street, Headingley and Northampton to launch their powerful run-in to the group stage. Now can director of cricket Ashley Giles' side avoid falling at a fence which has grounded the Bears five times before?

"Our record in the quarter-finals is not something we have spoken about directly," Giles said. "We are not really looking at the game as a quarter-final so much as the first of a series of three which, if we win, will bring us the trophy.

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