Kent Police reach National Final

Wednesday 8th September 2021

The Club would like to wish Kent Police the best of luck as they head to the UK National Cricket Championships, a 45 over competition played between Police Forces across the United Kingdom.

Having only re-joined the competition in 2021 after a 8 year hiatus for the cricket section, Simon Williams (Captain) is understandably “immensely proud” of his team’s achievement in reaching the national final.

Starting the competition in a group with Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Essex and Met & City of London Police, the Kent side were undefeated, despite two tense games against each of Essex and Met & City of London.

Their success within the group stage earned them a semi final, away to Dyfed Powys Police, which was played on the 4th of August at Ammandford Cricket Club in Carmarthenshire, Wales. Kent Police batted first, and were bowled out for 230 in the final over, a total which proved 16 runs too many for their opposition who ended their innings on 214-8.

Kent Police will now face North Western Alliance in the final, a team which combines 4 Police Forces;

  • Merseyside
  • Greater Manchester
  • Cheshire
  • Lancashire

The final will be played on Wednesday the 8th of September, at Grace Road – the same ground where Kent Cricket triumphed over Leicestershire earlier this month in the LV= County Championship.

The Kent Police squad for the final is made up of 13 Kent Police Officers and Civilian Police Employees. They come from a variety of back grounds from all over the county of Kent, from local community policing units, to divisional Policing teams and other specialist units across Kent.

The Squad travelling to Grace Road; DS Simon Williams (Captain) DCI Garry Cook PC Stuart Drakeley PSE David Roffey PC Husnan Ghous PC Peter Hambleton PC Harry Johnson PS Guy Bourner PC Stuart Milroy PC James Sutcliffe PC Jamie Webb (wkt) PC John Boyden (retired) PC Richard Hewes

Notable Performances:

  • Opening Stand: 126, Stuart Drakeley & Garry Cook
  • Highest Score: 88, David Roffey
  • Best Figures: 4-19, John Boyden
  • Leading Run Scorer: Stuart Drakeley, 269