ENGLAND’S progress in the World Cup persuaded the I’Anson management committee to pospone the Knockout Cup finals, scheduled for this Sunday, until July 22.

“The feeling was that whoever is in the World Cup final, people would want to watch it,” said competition secretary Gill Rooney. “Blackheath is quite a trek, so we need to make it as easy as possible for people to go.”

Group matches have been played throughout the season in the new knockout format, but Grayswood, the Stevens Cup holders, have battled through to reach another final.

Tilford blew their chance to reach the final. Needing 10 off the last eight-ball over with five wickets in hand, they lost to Grayswood by one run after three run-outs.

Grayswood will meet Blackheath in the Stevens Cup final (3pm) after the Pope Cup final between Grayshott and Dogmersfield (12 noon).

The I’Anson hope for a good crowd, with hosts Blackheath laying on a barbecue, bar, tea and cakes.