On Sunday 30th June 2019 at the Warren in Kent the Inter Mark Provencal Cricket Festival was held. This annual event has been held between Kent, this years hots, Surrey, Sussex and Middlesex since 1992. The teams play for the Norman Todd Cup with two further trophies being awarded, the Tom Auld Trophy for man of the match and the Bill Balderson Trophy for the “champagne moment”.
The event is always in aid of charity with all profits usually being split between the 4 participating provinces, however as Kent have the 2020 Mark Benevolent Fund Festival it was agreed that all of this year’s proceeds would eb donated to the Kent Festival.
Having come so close last year to wining the event the Middlesex team had set there eyes brining the Norman Todd Cup home. The first game was between Surry and Sussex with Sussex wining. Middlesex then took on the hosts Kent and batting first set keen a target of over 100 to win with two of the Middlesex batsmen retiring on 25 runs each. Kent put up a good fight but fell well short of the target leaving Middlesex to play Sussex in the final. Again Middlesex batted first setting the target for Sussex of 112 to win. Sussex put up a very good fight but never really matched the run rate required and Middlesex came away with the very well deserved win.
So after a gap of 23 years the Norma Todd Cup has come back home to Middlesex as did the Tom Auld trophy.
Middlesex are set to host next years event the date and venue will be announced soon