Julian Cup semi-finalists confirmed following pool matches

The semi-final knock-out matches in this summer's Julian Cup T20 competition have now been confirmed, with Boyne Hill taking on Cookham Dean at home and Slough hosting Henley.

Those matches will take place on Tuesday evening (July 5, weather permitting), and the final is scheduled to take place at Boyne Hill’s ground on Tuesday, July 12.

The plate semi-finalists will be confirmed next week, although Burnham’s B side have made it through their pool and they’ll take on Boyne Hill’s B team in the first of those matches on Thursday, July 14.

White Waltham are also set to progress having won all three of their pool matches against Marlow B, Marlow Park, and Boyne Hill B. They’re set to play either Stoke Green B, Littlewick Green or Pinkneys Green depending on the results from the final group matches. The Plate final is set to take place at Maidenhead & Bray on Tuesday, July 19.

Cookham Dean skipper, Greg Davis, knows his side are in for a tough semi-final against Boyne Hill, but, having come through a ‘group of death’, or perhaps that should be ‘group of previous winners’, he says anything is possible.

They managed to play just one match – with the other two games being conceded – but it was a crucial one, a one-wicket success over Stoke Green in their first match where they chased down 119 for victory. They conceded their match to group winners Slough while Burnham conceded their game against Dean.

Looking ahead to next week’s semi-final, Davis said: “It’s going to be very competitive that’s for sure. The game is next Tuesday so we’re looking to get out as strong a team as possible.

“Maybe people will make themselves more available for the knockout stages rather than the group stages. Fingers crossed we'll have a much stronger team.

“Our first game against Stoke Green really helped us. We both had weakened sides in the first game of the tournament, but the fact that we bowled them out in 15 overs and chased it down in 15 really helped our net run rate.

“Had that result gone differently, we wouldn’t be talking about progressing at this stage, that's for sure.

“It was good to get a win over them, knowing they'd be fully up for it as they are every year.

“Slough are new additions to the competition, or haven't been in it for numerous years, but the winners have been Cookham, Burnham and Stoke Green for as many years as I can really remember. Going back 10 years, Marlow were up there, but for the last few years it’s been the three of us. To be placed in a group with Slough, who fielded Dan Lincoln in a game, is tough.

“I imagine Henley will have played second teamers up till now, but as they progress it's hard if they’re available to not say no to one of their better first team players.

“Boyne Hill have got a good squad; they’ve recruited well as they do most years. It will be a very good game and I’m hoping to get as strong a team out as I can to give us our best chance. It's T20, anything can happen really, the longer the game goes on, the more likely the better team wins, but there could be some shock results.

“I’ll be interested to see who gets through from Slough and Henley, because that will be a really big game, whoever plays them in the final.”

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