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Surrey storm to U15 County Cup glory

Surrey blew away Kent in the Yorkshire Bank U15 County Cup 'A Division' Final at Kibworth Cricket Club, Leicestershire, on Friday 23rd August.

An unbeaten partnership of 123 between Ryan Patel and Sam Curran ensured Surrey completed an impressive eight-wicket triumph with more than 13 overs unused.

Kent chose to bat under sunny skies but Surrey opening bowler James Culff sent the middle stumps of Oli Tikare and Nathan Baxter cartwheeling.

Ed Hyde and Marcus O'Riordan rebuilt but, after Hyde was caught off the bowling of Refah Jafri for 35, Kent struggled to build any momentum.

O'Riordan top-scored with 39 but only three other Kent batsmen made double figures and they were dismissed for 161 in the final over, with Culff and Tom Homes creating problems throughout en route to respective figures of 3-26 and 3-28.

Surrey lost Kiran Beri for a quickfire 20 in reply and wicketkeeper Oliver Trower quickly followed for four, both dismissed by Jan Gray who finished with 2-25 from five overs.

However, opener Patel was then joined by fellow left-hander Curran in a fine partnership that ended Kent’s hopes.

Patel finished unbeaten on 63 from 114 balls, while Curran’s 62 not out spanned just 70 deliveries.

In Thursday’s semi-finals, Surrey edged past Staffordshire and Kent beat Wales.

Staffordshire could only muster 148 for nine from 50 overs, Ben Hudson’s 36 the top score, as Patel and Culff returned 3-27 and 3-9.

Surrey were cruising at 61 without loss in reply but soon found themselves 83 for two and then 109 for seven, due largely to Anis Raza claiming 4-22 from 10 overs.

It was left to captain Amar Verdi, batting at nine, to take control of the situation; his unbeaten 23, along with 12 from Culff, guided Surrey to a nervy two-wicket win as they reached 151 for eight with six overs remaining.

Kent enjoyed a slightly more comfortable semi-final win but suffered a batting collapse of their own against Wales.

Openers Tikare and Edward Hyde put on 61 for the first wicket but the fall of the latter sparked a flurry of wickets that saw Kent slide to 87 for four.

Kai Appleby and Ashleigh Cox briefly steadied the ship, while Ben Earl’s unbeaten 23 proved useful in an eventual total of 170 for nine.

Jamie Mills, with 2-28, and Scott Thornton, who conceded one more run when also claiming a brace of wickets, were the pick of the Welsh bowlers.

Wales quickly found themselves 24 for three in reply and hit further trouble at 79 for seven despite a defiant 28 from Kieran Griffiths.

Luc Kear also offered tailend resistance but was dismissed by Adam Hunt, who claimed 3-16, as Wales finished on 136 all out to lose by 34 runs.

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