Yorkshire claim title in U15 County Championship
Yorkshire CCC won the ECB U15 County Championship, after drawing with Surrey CCC on the final day of competition at Oundle School this week.
The draw was enough to get the south side over the line, since Warwickshire, while having the same amount of wins as Yorkshire, had also suffered a loss.
Surrey won the toss and elected to bat, a tactic that had not been used on either of the first two days. It looked to be a shrewd decision, as the Surrey outfit posted a competitive 197 for four declared off 53.1 overs.
The highlight of the innings, and perhaps the whole tournament, was an outstanding 100 not out by number four J Roy. In a patient and mature knock, Roy looked strong all round the ground, and did well to unsettle the Yorkshire bowlers who had been allowed to relax into a comfortable groove the previous day against Warwickshire.
Captain M Symes batted well at the top of the order for a solid 32, but it was Roy who stole the show with some fine batsmanship. B Raven-Hill again bowled well, claiming 2-36 off 11, but Surrey looked to be in a strong position to win the match, providing their bowlers had the firepower required to knock the wind out of this confident Yorkshire batting line-up.
Surrey bowled well early on, preventing Yorkshire from getting off to a flying start in the early overs. Opening pair D King and D Murphy bowled particularly well, and, while remaining wicketless, returned figures of 8-5-5-0 and 8-2-22-0 respectively.
First change M Roberts took 4-42 from his 17 overs, a fine effort considering the calculated stoicism displayed from the outset by the Yorkshire side who knew a draw would secure the title for them.
Yorkshire finished with 164 for five from 63 overs. While the outcome of a draw achieved their ultimate goal, had they shown the same amount of flare that characterised their innings against Warwickshire a day earlier they may well have chased down the 198 required for victory and finished with two strong wins out of two matches.
However, the batsmen batted well to a plan, and for this they must be given due credit. The northern outfit were deserving winners.