Harry is hat-trick hero

ECB U13 National Club Championship

ECB U13 National Club Championship

Finals Festival – Round 1

Harry Mayes (Ealing) provided the stand-out moment in the first round of matches in the ECB U13 National Club Championship Finals Festival at Oakham School - with a hat-trick and 6-14 in victory over beat Lindum. The two other games saw wins for Newport and Old Leodiensians.

Ealing win in style against Lindum

The first match on the main pitch at Doncaster Close saw Lindum winning the toss and inviting Ealing to bat first. Lindum soon had Ealing in trouble at 19 for three with Tom Lindsay (2-12) and Will Wright (1-9) making inroads into the batting.

Then a scintillating partnership between Andrew Cox (31) and Arthur Godsal (33) put the Middlesex side’s innings back on track before both batsmen had to retire on reaching 30. Uzair Khan weighed in with a useful 21 not out to see Ealing’s innings close on 114 for four.

Lindum started well with opener Will Wright (22) and number three John Kerridge (15) setting the innings off to a good start but the introduction of Harry Mayes into the bowling attack turned the game on its head. Mayes took a hat-trick and ended with 6-14 in his four overs as the Lindum side collapsed from 38 for two to 69 all out; Ealing winning the encounter by a convincing 45-run margin.

Old Leodiensians beat Old Elizabethans in thriller

Pitch 2 saw the closest match of the first morning as Old Leodiensians sneaked home against Old Elizabethans. Old Leos (Leeds Grammar School Old Boys) won the toss and batted first. The top order batted well with James Nijjar (32), Robbie Studholme (21) and Tom Gorman (20) setting the innings off on a good note.

There then followed a clatter of wickets as Harry Martin took 3-16. At 98 for eight Old Leos looked to have missed out on a good score but Rahul Shah and Gosha Smith added a vital dozen runs before the innings closed on 110 for eight.

Old Elizabethans looked in some trouble at 11 fro two but then Paul Chapman (31) and Elliott Bartlett (32) put the Worcestershire side within touching distance of an opening victory.

As both batsmen retired panic set in amongst the ranks and some suicidal running handed the game to their Yorkshire opponents as no fewer than five batsmen ran themselves out; Old Elizabethans' innings closing on 106 for seven and seeing Old Leos win by the narrow margin of four runs.

Newport beat Spencer in style

The other match on Pitch 3 saw Newport (Wales) beat Spencer in extremely convincing style. The Welsh side batted first and posted and a very challenging 156 for six.

Spencer in reply were never able to keep up with the rate and were bowled out for 82.

Taking advantage of the good early conditions, Newport began well and were 55 for two after 10 overs, thanks to solid innings from J. Thorpe-Yon (27) and Nathan Hariharan (30 No). In the second half of the innings Newport accelerated thanks to some big hitting from Lezar and Williams, scoring at a rate of 10 runs per over and setting a formidable target.

In reply, Spencer made a good start with Boys-Stones contributing 29 and were up with the run rate after five overs. However, Newport quickly gained the upper hand with the entrance of star leg-spinner and captain Matt Jones. He finished with figures of 4-12 from his four overs and was unlucky not to get a five wicket haul. Ably supported by the pace of Thorpe-Yon, Spencer were bowled out in the 15th over for 82. This comprehensive victory certainly leaves Newport as one of the favourites for the title.

Finals Festival – Round 2

Newport v Old Leodiensians

In second game of the day on the main square, Newport posted their second win of the day, beating Old Leodiensians by five wickets. Batting first, and after a quick start, aided by some good pinch-hitting by R Studholme, Old Leo’s were tied down by Newport’s three pronged attack of Hariharan, Jones and Thorpe-Yon. The pick of these bowlers was Thorpe-Yon with four overs 2-8.

This enabled Newport to restrict the opposition to a score of 74. Chasing an easily reachable total, Newport cruised to 32 before the big-hitting Nathan Hariharan was run out for 15. Some nervy batting followed, but the target was easily reached after 17 overs thanks to an assured captain’s innings of an unbeaten 30 by Jones. Newport should take confidence into the second day from having won both defending and chasing and still look firm title contenders.

Ealing v Spencer

Ealing Cricket club looked to continue their great performance after their dominating win in the first match. Ealing, having been put into bat, once again posted an excellent score of 124 runs off the 20 overs. Opening batsmen Louie Millman and Ali Dewhurst began with a good start with 24 runs between them, Arthur Godsal coming in fourth scored a comfortable 33 runs retired.

Spencer CC began with a shaky start, losing wickets at frequent intervals, until Alex Rackow scored a healthy 33 runs before being retired, giving the team some hope. However, Harry Mayes continued to show superior bowling performance with three wickets, alongside Uzair Khan bowling two maiden overs and only conceding five runs from his four overs. This exquisite bowling performance from Spencer sealed their victory over Ealing by 23 runs.

Lindum v Old Elizabethans

This was the match where the competition really came alive. Lindum batted first and after Will Wright (21) had set them off with a good start there was a collapse that reduced the team to 56 for five. Osama Rabbani (11) and Ollie Alford (10) were then the main contributors as the team recovered to 103 for nine.

In reply Old Elizabethans started well with Elliott Brtlett (20) setting up the innings nicely for a concerted challenge on the target. Again a collapse took the score to 39 for four, but a good partnership took Old Elizabethans up to 88 before the next wicket fell.

Then as they neared their target the jitters set in and with three needed to win two wickets fell for one run and the Worcestershire side only managed to reach 103 for seven making the match a nerve jangling tie.