Middlesex edge to glory
Middlesex held their nerve to win the ECB U15 County Cup after a nerve-jangling final with Devon on Sunday which went down to the last ball.
After torrential overnight rain had delayed the start forcing the match to the reduced to 40 overs a side, Middlesex batted first and built their total of 164 for eight around key contributions from Adam Rossington (44) and Sean Ventham (49).
Dan Winsor was Devon's most successful bowler with 3-27.
Devon were on course for victory but lost their way once Will Steward, who made 57, was dismissed. With three runs needed off the last delivery, Devon could only scamper a single into the off side as Middlesex recorded victory by the narrowest of margins.
Tapan Patel was the pick of the Middlesex bowlers with 3-27 while Ali Birkby offered excellent support to finish with 2-22.
Middlesex and Devon won through their semi finals 24 hours earlier with Derbyshire and Cambridgeshire the two sides who missed out.
Middlesex had a relatively straight-forward victory over Derbyshire although the East Midlands outfit did well to recover from 18 for five.
Captain and opener Joseph Cain could only watch from one end as the carnage took place, but he was eventually supported by George Hodson-Walker (18) and they took the score to 83 for six.
The skipper went on to score 72 and was eventually last man out as Derbyshire were bowled out for 137.
In reply Middlesex were made to work very hard and with three quick wickets falling were reduced to 96 for six. At this stage skipper Adam Rossington (53 not out) was joined by Hamzah Khan (20 not out) and the pair guided their side home with three overs to spare.
In the other semi final Devon batted first and after losing both openers cheaply Alex Brown (40) and Barney Huxtable (34) repaired the damage and laid the foundations for a good score. Connor Bryan (31 not out) and Cameron Grainger (17 not out) had an unbroken partnership of 49 to make the final total 194 for eight.
Mark Deed, who finished with 4-44, and Lewys Hill, with 4-21, were the pick of the Cambridgeshire bowlers.
In reply only Cambridgeshire captain Paul Summerskill (55) and opener Jack Hastings (27) reached double figures as they were bowled out for 105 leaving Derbyshire winners by 89 runs.
Semi-Finals: Derbyshire 137, Middlesex 139-6 - Middlesex won by 4 wickets; Devon 194-8, Cambridgeshire 105 - Devon won by 89 runs
3rd Place Play-off: Derbyshire 149, Cambridgeshire 114 - Derbyshire won by 35 runs
Final: Middlesex 164-8, Devon 163-9 - Middlesex won by 1 run