Bath are 2007 U13 champions

ECB U13 National Club Championship

With Bath’s sixth win on the trot on Thursday afternoon the last day of the Finals Week dawned with them in a virtually unassailable position at the top of the table.

Their run rate was vastly superior of their opponents so a slip-up on the final day would have had to have been of disastrous proportions if either Wolverhampton or Countesthorpe were to dislodge them from the top of the tree.

As it transpired Bath did not have it all their own way against South Northumberland. With the latter batting first it was as early as the sixth over when Bath posted all the vast majority of their fielders on the boundary to reduce scoring opportunities.

Once James Carding had retired then Bath did set more conventional fields. When chasing only 91 for victory they quickly found themselves 2 for two and later on were 51 for six, but sensible batting from Charlie Wills and Rupert Morgan saw them over the line. Therefore Bath finished the week in style remaining undefeated throughout.

Elsewhere Hastings & St Leonard’s Priory recorded their third victory on the trot as they beat Chesham by five wickets. This was a welcome change in form for their coach Ian Gillespie as they had lost their first four matches, the last three in this run by a combined total of only four runs!

Scholes and Northop met on Pitch 2. So far neither side had managed to win a match between them. Both teams played this match in the perfect spirit of the competition, the match was highly competitive with some excellent cricket played and was a credit to the attitude that both clubs had displayed throughout the week.

The final match on the main pitch was the encounter between Wolverhampton and Countesthorpe to decide second place. Wolverhampton won the toss and elected to bat first. Their total of 103 for eight looked to be short of a competitive total but they were able to get Countesthorpe’s opener Shiv Thakor out for just one.

Although George Terry (18) and Tom Richardson (31) put the Leicestershire side back on track some accurate Wolverhampton bowling, especially from James Turner, kept them in the game.

Wolverhampton set very attacking fields restricting the Countesthorpe chances of quick singles and a pulsating climax ensued. On the final ball Countesthorpe were one run behind the Wolverhampton score and having only lost five wickets only needed to tie the scores to win.

An attempt at a quick single was met by an excellent piece of fielding and an accurate throw to the bowler caught Nathan Holmes still a yard short of his ground. The run out meant that Wolverhampton were victorious in a grandstand finish to the tournament.

Table

Final Standings (20 KB)

Scorecards

Seventh round of matches:

MCC U13 2007 finals, day 4 - Bath v S Northumberland (85 KB)
MCC U13 2007 finals, day 4 - Countesthorpe v Wolverhampton (86 KB)
MCC U13 2007 finals, day 4 - Scholes v Northop (85 KB)
MCC U13 2007 finals, day 4 - Hastings v Chesham (85 KB)