Bath notch signigicant victory

ECB U13 National Club Championship

MCC Spirit of Cricket U13 National Club Championship

Finals Week – close of penultimate day

The weather gods have been kind to this tournament once again as both sets of matches on day three were played in glorious sunshine.

Bath CC continued on their imperious way in the morning as they cruised to a five-wicket win against Chesham. Wolverhampton kept their 100 per cent record as they beat South Northumberland by 27 runs; this was South North’s first defeat.

At the same time Countesthorpe beat Northop by nine wickets to keep things tight at the top of the table. At the other end of the table Hastings & St Leonard’s Priory managed their first win, after coming so close twice yesterday, as they beat Scholes by 42 runs.

In the afternoon South North slipped to a second successive defeat as Countesthorpe won a close game by three wickets with three balls to spare, nerves nearly getting the better of the Leicestershire side in this match.

Hastings recorded a second successive win as they beat Northop by 26 runs – batting first and setting targets meant that they won both games today whereas yesterday they lost both matches chasing by a combined margin of three runs!

Chesham beat Scholes by 23 runs to record their second win and give some daylight between themselves and the bottom of the table.

The battle royal in the afternoon was the clash between the two unbeaten sides as Wolverhampton and Bath clashed on Pitch 3. Wolverhampton won the toss and elected to bat.

Tom Fell led the way with another unbeaten 30 but Bath’s tactics were evident as damage limitation seemed to be foremost in their minds as in the sixth over they had posted all nine fielders on the boundary.

This tactic was resorted to at regular intervals for the rest of the innings as Wolverhampton were restricted to 117 for six. The pick of the bowlers were Harry Rouse (2-15), who bowled an aggressive and pacy spell, and Charlie Wills (2-11)
with his left arm spin.

In reply Bath got off to a storming start with Henry Hayes (21) and Harry Rouse (31 retired) leading the way. After the early onslaught the result was never in doubt and Bath reached their target in 14.3 overs.

The speed of this victory could have a significant bearing on the outcome of the tournament as Bath now have a clear advantage on run rate just in case they lose their last match South Northumberland.

If Bath were to lose to South North the result of the match between Wolverhampton and Countesthorpe would be significant with the winners of this tie needing to win by a considerable margin over their opponents to wrest the title away from the Somerset club.

The realistic scenario is that this tie is now the deciding match for second place and as a result will be played on the main pitch. Pitch 2 will see the match to decide the wooden spoon between Scholes and Northop whilst Pitch 4 will see Chesham and Hastings fight it out for bragging rights in the middle of the table.

Table

Standings after sixth round (20 KB)

Scorecards

Fifth round of matches:

MCC U13 2007 finals, day 3 - Chesham v Bath (85 KB)
MCC U13 2007 finals, day 3 - Northop v Countesthorpe (84 KB)
MCC U13 2007 finals, day 3 - Scholes v Hastings & SLP (85 KB)
MCC U13 2007 finals, day 3 - S Northumberland v Wolverhampton (85 KB)

Sixth round of matches:

MCC U13 2007 finals, day 3 - Bath v Wolverhampton (85 KB)
MCC U13 2007 finals, day 3 - Chesham v Scholes (84 KB)
MCC U13 2007 finals, day 3 - Northop v Hastings & SLP (86 KB)
MCC U13 2007 finals, day 3 - S Northumberland v Countesthorpe (85 KB)