In an entertaining 12-over match, a Northamptonshire Legends team defeated a Gloucestershire Legends team by 12 runs in the Kevin Curran Memorial match. The match was played in the memory of the former Northamptonshire player Kevin Curran who passed away last year and helped raise money for the British Heart Foundation. This was a precursor to the main event, where Northants defeated Glamorgan in a thrilling Friends Life t20 game.
The Gloucestershire Legends won the toss and decided to field in the 12-over affair and made a great start, when the organiser of the match Alan Fordham was trapped lbw by one of Kevin Curran’s sons, Tom Curran for a duck with the score on 1. But then Tom’s two brothers Ben and Sam took over, putting on an 82 run partnership before Ben Curran retired on 37. Sam Curran was the next wicket as he was caught of the bowling of Martyn Ball, one run short of his half century. Allan Lamb was the last person to go in the innings as he was bowled by Ball for 3, before David Capel and Rob Bailey added 17 as Northants finished on 110 for 3.
The Gloucestershire innings got off to a strong start putting on 27 before losing their first wicket. But from then on, they could not get any partnership going for a sustained period of time, thanks to tight Northants bowling and a steady flow of wickets falling. Opener Tim Hancock was the top scorer for Gloucestershire with 18 before he was out caught and bowled by Jeremy Snape who finished with the game’s best figures of 2 for 14. Gloucestershire finished their innings on 98 for 8, meaning the Northants Legends win what was a very entertaining game for a great cause.