Published on: Wednesday, July 5, 2023
The King’s College first cricket team won the National T20 U18 Cup for the first time ever at the stunning Arundel Castle cricket ground on Sunday.
Playing Malvern College in the semi-final, the King’s bowlers all did a great job to bowl Malvern out for 109. Harry P (3-14) was the pick of the bowlers and the King’s opening batters were made to work hard against a quick Malvern opening attack. However, momentum was found towards the end of the powerplay by Josh T (49) & Fin H (52*) as King’s cruised to victory by eight wickets with more than seven overs remaining.
The final immediately followed against Tonbridge School who had earlier beaten Manchester Grammar School in their semi-final. Batting first, King’s top three all contributed, but it was Sami K who batted through for an important 74 not out.
Smart batting by the middle order in pursuit of quick runs kept the momentum throughout the 20 overs to set a challenging total of 167-7. Fin H continued his good day with 40 runs in quick time. The Tonbridge reply started well, but key wickets at key times meant the required run rate kept ticking up until victory was achieved by 33 runs. The final wicket was caught by Will B off the bowling of Blaise B to start the celebrations. A fantastic achievement with all players contributing not only at Finals Day but throughout the whole competition.
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