Himley Champions in 2015
Himley Cricket Club from Staffordshire took home the Harry Secombe Trophy as they won the NatWest U15 National Club Championship at Oundle School in Northamptonshire on Monday 10th August. Himley’s impressive bowling attack proved crucial in both of their matches played in a 20-overs per side format.
In the morning semi finals, Himley took on South Wilts from Wiltshire and it was Himley that chose to bat first. After losing Callum Lea early captain Chad Brandrick and Jordan Whitehouse put on a partnership of 56. After Brandrick for 29 Whitehouse went on to make 52 before retiring (all players have to retire once they reach 50 runs). Late wickets as Himley went chasing runs helped Lewis Wakeford to figures of 3-19 from his 4 overs but Himley finished on 125. The South Wilts reply started poorly as both openers were dismissed cheaply. Charlie Smith and ‘keeper Jack Stearman put on 20 for the fourth wicket but Smith was run out for 11. James Wade scored 12 but he was one of only three batsmen to reach double figures as Lea (3-12 from 4 overs) and Thomas Rhodes (2-7 from 1.1 overs) finished off the South Wilts innings as they were dismissed for just 70.
The second semi final was an excellent match as both Alderley Edge from Cheshire and Sutton from Surrey played their part in an exciting finish. After scoring 152-8 in their innings, Sutton were confident of reaching the final. But Alderley Edge had other ideas and despite losing late wickets, managed to scrape home off the final ball reaching 154-9 to book their place in the final.
The final was another low scoring affair on a pitch offering help for the spinners. Himley again chose to bat first and but after losing both openers Brandrick and Whitehouse for ducks to Sam Perry, it was Kris Green and Lea that restored the Staffordshire sides innings. Green scored 26 before being caught off the bowling of Oliver Pooler but Lea went on to make an unbeaten half century before retiring. Himley lost late wickets chasing runs and Perry finished with 3-12 from his 4 overs as Himley were all out for only 104. Himley were however confident that their bowling attack could defend any total and this proved to be true again. Christian Fellows shone with the ball as his 4-9 from 4 overs, combined with Brandrick’s 3-27, meant that Alderley Edge were always struggling. Opener Perry hit 21 and tailender Will Fosbrook struck 23 but these were the only two to make more than 6 runs as Alderley Edge were dismissed for 79 to hand Himley the title by 25 runs.
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