Saints prevail in U13 County Cup finals

The 2018 Vitality Under 13 National Club Championship was contested between 4 teams in a tournament format. There were two semi-finals, the first between Isham Cricket Club and Towcestrians Cricket Club and the second between Northampton Saints Cricket Club and Bowden Cricket Club. The winners of each would face each other in the final of the competition, to decide who would be the champions. The winners will face the winner from either Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, on Sunday 15thJuly at home. The tournament took place on Sunday the 1stof July, at Northampton Saints Cricket Club.

Match reports for the three games are below:

Under 13’s Northants County Club Championship Finals Day

Semi Final 1

Sunday 24thJune

Northampton Saints Cricket Club

Towcestrians won toss and chose to bat

Match Result

Isham                                                                                                               Towcester

136-6                                                                                                               133-8

17.4 overs                                                                                                        20 overs

Batting

Sam Reid 32*                                                                                                  Josh Stott 31*

Hal Robinson 28                                                                                              Harvey Wallis 17

Ewan Clee 17*                                                                                                Lachlan Glenn 12

MD Jacobs 17

Bowling

Lachlan Glenn 3 overs 13-2                                                    Pranav Sathya 4 overs 13-1

Will Campion 3 overs 10-1                                                     Ravi Rajani 3 overs 8-1

Josh Dines 2.4 overs 13-1                                                       Fay Robinson 3 overs 23-1

Match Report

Isham took a deserved victory over Towcester in the opening game of the U13’s County Cup, as they won by 4 wickets with 2.1 overs still to play.

Towcester batted first, and put 133 on the board, losing 8 wickets. Josh Stott was a stand out batsman, scoring 31 runs before retiring not out. Harvey Wallis also put 17 on, as well as Lachlan Glenn’s 12, as Towcester managed a respectable 133-8 in 20 overs. Pranav Sathya was a thorn in their side throughout however, with brilliant bowling figures of 13-1 in 4 overs. Ravi Rajani also bowled superbly, with figures of 8-1 off 3 overs.

Isham batted well though, and eventually cruised to victory. Sam Reid set his team off with an unbeaten 32 whilst Hal Robinson scored 28 for the team. MD Jacobs scored 17 too for Isham as they won by 4 wickets, taking them to the final. Towcester’s bowling performance does deserve credit however, and praise must go to Lachlan Glenn (3 overs, 13-2), Will Campion (3 overs 10-0) and Josh Dines (2.4 overs, 13-1) for their efforts in restricting Isham.

However, it was Isham that thoroughly deserved victory in this game, and this was reflected in the eventual result, and they progressed through to the final.

Match Result: Isham won by 4 wickets.

 

Under 13’s Northants County Club Championship Finals Day

Semi Final 2

Sunday 24thJune

Northampton Saints Cricket Club

Northamptonshire Saints won the toss and chose to bat

Match Result

Northampton Saints                                                                             Bowden

165-2                                                                                                   144-5

20 overs                                                                                               20 overs

Batting

Ollie Holiday 34*                                                                                 Joe Pearson 32*

Jake Morrisey 32*                                                                               Freddy Verbruggen 30*

Ewan Hughes-Rowlands 31*                                                              Fynn Colley 23

Bowling

Jake Dowling 3 overs 22-1                                                      Krishna Srivinasan 2 overs 5-1

Jensen Colley 3 overs 18-0                                                     Jake Morrisey 4 overs 23-1

Aiden Bartholomew 3 overs 18-0                                           Charlie Mason 4 overs 22-1

Match Report

The second semi-final of the day, between Northampton Saints and Bowden, was an enthralling contest where the batting on show was superb. Three Saints batsmen scored 30 as they put an excellent 165-2 on the board in their 20 overs. Ollie Holiday scored 34, Jake Morrisey scored 32 and Ewan Hughes-Rowlands scored 31 as Saints romped through the Bowden bowlers and put a convincing score on the board. Jake Dowling tried his best to reduce the run rate, going for 22-1 off 3 overs, but Saints’ batting performance was superb and deserves huge credit.

Bowden put up a solid attempt in their chase, with Joe Pearson (32*) and Freddy Verbruggen (30*) scoring excellent knocks as Bowden just came short in their attempts to reach the final instead of Saints. Fynn Colley also scored a cool 23 as Bowden put up 144-5 in their 20 overs. Charlie Mason (4 overs, 22-1), Jake Morrisey (4 overs 23-1) and Finley Shelton (4 overs, 27-1) had a huge hand in restricting Bowden, with each of them taking a wicket to deny their opponents a route to play Isham in the final. It was instead Northampton Saints who progressed to the final, with a chance to progress to play the winner of either the Cambridgeshire or Norfolk final.

Match Result: Northampton Saints won by 24 runs.

 

Under 13’s Northants County Club Championship Finals Day

Final

Sunday 24thJune

Northampton Saints Cricket Club

Northampton Saints won toss and chose to bat

Match Result

Isham                                                                                       Northampton Saints

125-8                                                                                       170-8

20 overs                                                                                   20 overs

Batting

Sam Reid 32*                                                                          Ewan Hughes-Rowlands 40*

MD Jacobs 27                                                                          Jake Morrisey 29

Will Middleton 10                                                                   Ollie Holiday 24

 

 

Bowling

Finley Shelton 3 overs 12-2                                                    Ansh Shah 4 overs 12-2

Thomas Litchfield 3 overs 16-2                                              Isaac Redding 3 overs 25-2

Charlie Mason 4 overs 18-2                                                    Pranav Sathya 3 overs 32-2

 

Match Report

It is Northampton Saints who will be progressing to the national finals after a superb final victory over Isham. Saints batted first and scored an excellent 170-8 off their 20 overs, with Ewan Hughes-Rowlands scoring 40 not out en route to a devastating total. Jake Morrisey also hit 29, with Ollie Holiday scoring 24 off 6 balls, including four sixes, as Saints romped to a superb first innings tally. Ansh Shah took bowling figures of 12-2 off 4 overs for Isham as they looked to restrict the scoring of the Saints batsmen, and Isaac Redding also took 2 wickets for 25 runs off 3 overs. However, the batting shown by Saints was incredible and it meant they set Isham a huge total to chase in their 20 overs.

It was a valiant attempt from Isham, scoring 125-8 in their 20 overs, but they fell short in the end and suffered defeat by 45 runs. Sam Reid scored 32 not out for Isham in their efforts, and MD Jacobs scored a cool 27, but the rest of the team struggled to score as Saints took victory. Finley Shelton finished with figures of 12-2 off 3 overs, and Charlie Mason managed 18-2 off 4, restricting Isham to 125, allowing Saints to take victory and progress further into the competition.

Match Result: Northampton Saints won by 45 runs.

 

Summary

The champions of the 2018 Vitality Under 13’s National Club Championship 2018 are Northampton Saints, after they won both of their games. Special mention must go to runners-up Isham who were unfortunately beaten by Saints in the final. Praise also goes to both Towcester and Bowden who put up valiant attempts in their respective semi-finals but fell short in the end.

Saints now move into the regional finals, where they will face either the Cambridgeshire or Norfolk winner on Sunday the 15thof July. They will feel very confident off the back of this and will feel like they can beat whoever they face.

Match Report by Jacob Dann