U15 Cricket Team Crowned National T20 Champions
Last weekend, the King’s College Under 15 cricket team were crowned National Champions after they beat Merchant Taylor’s and Sedbergh School in the cup final of the National School’s T20 competition.
In the semi-final, King’s were up against Merchant Taylor’s, where, after opting to bat first, team captain Henry Smeed dominated the pitch, reaching 50 in just 27 balls, before making a fine 78 off 46 with six 4s and four 6s.
The skipper was well supported by Charlie Sharland, who scored 32 off 22 balls, and Taylor Ingham-Hill, who made an unbeaten 37, seeing King’s to a challenging 189 for four from their allotted overs.
In response, Merchant Taylor’s got off to a quick start, racing to 45 in three overs, before Will Chesterman made the key breakthrough.
Will Tothill also produced an inspired spell of bowling, ending with three wickets for just 12 runs from his four overs, of which included 17 dot balls. Meanwhile, Will concluded with three for 26, as King’s pegged the opposition back to a position from which they were unable to recover.
Eventually, Merchant Taylor's were all out for 118 in 16 overs, giving King’s victory by 72 runs.
Sedbergh, who had beaten the fancied Bromsgrove earlier in the day, were King’s opponents in the final round.
Once again, Henry won the toss and chose to bat first, and as in the previous match, the team captain set a superb foundation for another big total.
Henry played an explosive knock of 58 off 38 deliveries, with 10 fours, and 64 from captain George Thomas off 45 balls with eight 4s and a reverse swept six to reach his 50.
Charlie Sharland, batting at number three, maintained the momentum with 33 off 21 balls, enabling King’s to reach a total of 185 for three.
When Sedbergh responded, Tothill, well supported by the teasing spin of Smeed, produced another impressive spell, claiming two for 13 from his four overs.
Harry Blakey and Will, alongside Sonny Baker, saw Sedbergh reach 143 for seven from their overs, ensuring King’s won their first ever National T20.
Brendan Craggs, the King’s Under 15 coach, said: “It has been an absolute privilege to coach such a talented group of young men, who have all worked so hard over the summer.”
He added: “I thoroughly agree with the President of the English School’s Cricket Association, who when he made the presentation, said that in all his years he has not witnessed a better Under 15 side than that of our own boys.”