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History was made by the four major first division clubs as they played their first ever in full coloured clothing. The NEC Trophy introduced for the first season had a semi final line up of Belgrano Cavaliers vs. Hurlingham Hawks and St.Albans Sharks vs. Lomas Eagles.
In the first match played at Virrey del Pino, Hurlingham Hawks proved too strong for the Belgrano Cavaliers as they crushed the home side by 201 runs.
In the other semi-final, St.Albans Sharks proved too strong for Lomas Eagles who batted first and could only manage 160 all out in 31 overs. St. Albans Sharks made a solid start and cruised to a six wicket victory to set up a final against the Hurlingham Hawks which is scheduled for April 13.
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.