West Indies United were the visitors to Kenton Court as Sunbury faced a potentially difficult semi-final in the Conference Cup. The visitors won the toss and batted and went about their business with typical caribbean abandon hitting the Sunbury seamers to all parts from the first ball. Openers Lawrence and Johnson hit 92 off the first 11 overs, taking particularly to Kevin Smith who went for 34 off just 3 overs. Ajit Singh Sambhi had replaced Sohi for the 10th over and the way forward soon became clear to skipper John Maunders. There was turn and bounce for the spinners and it all became too much for the impatient batsmen as first Johnson holed out to one of two top-draw catches by Armaan Randhawa and Lawrence was caught by Virdi both falling to the excellent Sambhi who bowled with great control to finish with 4-20.
Maunders stuck with spin from both ends and the visiting batsmen simply could not score in their usual way. The injury to Vishal Manro meant that Rhythm Bedi (2-31) and Alex Hughes (1-12) both contributed well together with Surrey star Amar Virdi (3-24), and the 4 spinners transformed the innings and the game. What had seemed like a possible 300+ innings became a struggle for West Indies United and they did not even complete their 45 overs being bowled out for 199 in 38.1 overs.
In reply Sunbury opened up with Maunders and Martin Andersson who both went on the attack with an eye on the weather forecast. The visitors were missing their two main opening bowlers and the bowling became chaotic with 6 bowlers used by the 8th over. Requiring less than 4.5 an over from the off the run rate was never a problem with both batsmen taking boundaries at will and showing the visitors how to rotate the strike and keep the scoreboard ticking over. The rain came after about 16 overs and the umpires kept the game going to ensure we had a finish by reaching the 20th over. Maunders holed out to mid-wicket for 47 and Sam Burgess joined Andersson with the game effectively won, the home side being so far ahead on DLS. Andersson cut loose and the visitors sportingly stayed out to allow him to reach his 3rd ton in 2 weeks before the umpires called the abandonment.
The final is at Chingford on 3 September.