Royal Mail Cricket Champions 2018 – Gatwick MCPostal August 6 2018
Gatwick Mail Centre workers retained their Cricket Champions crown after a closely-fought tournament in Sussex yesterday.
Royal Mail cricket enthusiasts from north and south London, the Midlands and elsewhere headed to the third annual Royal Mail Cricket Championship seeking to capture the trophy from the hosts.
Following a hotly-contested group stage, three mail centre teams – Gatwick, Peterborough and Jubilee – joined Crawley Delivery Office in the semi-finals.
And the seven-over semis saw Jubilee overcome Peterborough, while Gatwick won the ‘local derby’ against their delivery colleagues.
In the final, Gatwick opened the batting and set their Middlesex visitors a tough target of 79, to which on-form Shahzad Ali contributed 33.
Jubilee began the chase strongly, but were slowed down by the robust Gatwick attack and at the last ball they were still 25 runs short, leaving the home side in possession of the trophy for another 12 months at least.
Event organiser Abdur Rasheed said: “It was a great day of cricket and a big thank you to all the teams and players and spectators who came down.
“We’re looking forward to doing it all again next year.”
Abdur also added his thanks to the sponsors Unionline and Commsave Credit Union, and to Tony Rupa, CWU Head of Legal Services, and Vicki Harris, Gatwick Mail Centre Manager, who presented the trophies.