King's U15 Cricketers Crowned South West Regional Champions
Huge congratulations are in store for our U15 team, who are now the ESCAs (English Schools’ Cricket Association) U15 South West Regional Champions.
The boys achieved such a status after winning the County Cup T20 Championship for the first time in six years. Their victory prevented Millfield from a sixth successive title, with the team’s match being described as ‘one of the best performances of the year.’
In the opening match of the finals, King’s were put into bat and openers George Thomas and Henry Smeed gave their side a great start to build on, putting on 78 in nine overs, before Henry was out for 29 off 25 balls.
New batsman Charlie Sharland continued his fine form, making 39 in 35 balls, but it was George Thomas who was the star of the innings, making a superb unbeaten 107 in 63 balls, allowing King’s to finish on 189 for one.
Facing a substantial target, the opposing Stowe team could only reach 118 for nine in their 20 overs, with Taylor Ingham-Hill picking up three wickets for six runs in his only over.
King’s found themselves batting again in the final against Canford. After George took a boundary off the first ball and was out, Charlie was quick into his stride and hit the bowling to all parts of the ground before he was out for 89 off just 51 balls.
Opener Henry Smeed then took on the role of the aggressor and hit 18 off two overs to get to his century, before ending unbeaten on 106 from 70 deliveries, as King’s finished on 209 for two from their 20 overs.
When Canford responded, opening bowler Sonny Baker started magnificently in what turned out to be a crucial three overs, conceding only 10 runs, while spinner Harry Blakey also bowled a vital three overs before ending with two for 16.
Canford’s number four batsman then blasted 86 off 43 balls, and aided by a couple of missed chances, the opponents were closing in on their total.
However, Canford fell just short on 189, meaning that King’s were crowned the South West Regional Champions and qualified for the National T20 Championships, which are to be held on September 2 at Arundel Castle Cricket Club.