COMPETITION RULES &
Guildford dominated the finals of the NatWest U15 National Club Championship at Oundle School, Northamptonshire, on Monday 11th August. Lead by captain Harry Wilkinson Guildford beat North Region Champions York in the Semi Finals before going on to overcome Dorset’s Parley in the Final.
In the first of the morning Semi Finals, Guildford chose to bowl first against York in windy but thankfully dry conditions after the tail-end of hurricane Bertha soaked the pitches 24 hours earlier. Ben Shaw took two early wickets but York captain Ted Patmore kept the scoreboard ticking over with a patient 35. Unfortunately he struggled to find partners who stuck around long and only one more York batsman, Will Andrews, reached double figures. Shaw finished with 3-18 from his four overs while George Griffith took 2-11 as York, once Patmore was dismissed, could only reach 96-9 from their 20 overs.
In reply, Guildford attacked from the start. Haydir Ali was caught & bowled by Patmore for 5 but William Jacks, fresh from helping his London & East team win at the Bunbury Festival, hit an impressive unbeaten 50. Once Jacks departed (players have to retire at 50), Max James (15) and Nathan Tilley (19 not out) eased Guildford to victory by 7 wickets and with 6.3 overs remaining.
In the other Semi Final, Parley chose to bowl first against Bedfordshire side Southill Park. Like York, Southill Park found batting difficult and only Bhavik Talsania, with his 34, put the Parley bowlers in any difficulty. Talsania eventually fell to Ollie Shrubsole, one of his five wickets in the innings as he finished with an impressive 5-8 from 3.5 overs. Shrubsole cleaned up the Southill Park tail and they were dismissed for 70 from 18.5 overs.
The Parley innings started slowly thanks to some tight bowling by Oliver Thrasher (1-10 from 4 overs) but after Harrison Clarke was caught off the bowling of Thrasher, Owen Morris came to the crease and displayed some impressive hitting. Morris was finally caught and bowled by Oliver Hind for 38 but this only brought Shrubsole to the crease as he finished the job to guide his team into the final by 8 wickets.
The final saw Guildford again win the toss and put Parley into bat and Shaw was again impressive with the ball as he dismissed three of the top four batsmen, including the impressive Shrubsole, while Ali had key batsman Morris caught for 12. The Surrey side bowled impressively throughout with Shaw (3-19 from 4 overs), Ali (2-17 from 4 overs) and Griffiths (2-9 from 1.4 overs) all shining in a performance that saw Parley all out for 77 in the final over.
Jacks again showed his batting pedigree as he hit 36 before being out LBW to Tom Barber but it was James (19) and Tilley (13 not out) that saw Guildford home to take the title by 7 wickets with more than eight overs remaining and receive the trophy from Sussex & England star Luke Wright.
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