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Surrey take U14 Cup

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Surrey took the silverware for 2009 in the ECB's U14 County Cup with victory over Hampshire in the final at Oakham.

As with the U13 Finals Festival earlier in the week, the adverse weather in the east Midlands had an effect on the proceedings when the U14s took the pitch across August 6/7.

Surrey got through their semi against Yorkshire 5-1 in a bowl out - this after being bowled out for 78 and seeing their opponents 28 for one in seven overs when rain fell.

Hampshire similarly reached the final via a bowlout after rain curtailed their semi-final with Northants.

By lunch Hampshire had posted a total of 160 but major drama had taken place on the main school ground at Doncaster Close. Here Surrey had batted first and had been humbled by the Yorkshire bowlers as they were hustled out for 78.

Yorkshire had batted before lunch and in seven overs had reached 28 for one. At this point there was disputing the fact that the White Rose county was in complete control of the match. Play never restarted after lunch as torrential rain set in for the next 14 hours.

As a result both semis had to be decided by dreaded bowl-outs. Surrey then proceeded to use their 'Get out of Jail' card and win the bowl out 5-1 and Hampshire beat Northants 2-1.

The following day no play was possible on the Wilson Ground so the 3rd Place Play-off was abandoned.

After an early lunch the Final was amazingly able to start in glorious sun shine and a 45 overs match was played. Surrey scored 221 and Hampshire were never seriously in the hunt as they lost wickets too frequently. Surrey running out winners by the grace of the weather gods.

Richard Dexter and his team of grounds-staff worked wonders in such adverse conditions to get the ground ready for play and were a real credit to Oakham School.