Bournemouth U15 move closer to finals day on home patch
The Under 15 team from Bournemouth Cricket Club have won through to compete in the Regional semi-finals of the Portman Building Society U15 National Club Championship at Bath CC on Wednesday August 3.
The games will be in the popular format of 20 overs per side with a maximum of four overs per bowler.
From a record entry of 1624 clubs from England, Scotland and Wales at the start of the 2005 season, Bournemouth's young players first played well to become County Champions of Dorset out of 22 entries and then won through the next stage of the competition by beating the Hampshire champions Basingstoke & North Hants to reach the last 16.
Bournemouth batted first and made a splendid total of 194 fo four in their 20 overs. Skipper Alex Kennedy top-scored with his 86. Basingstoke & North Hants fought back valiantly in their innings but were 130 for nine at the close.
Bournemouth U15 will now be battling to qualify for one of the four places in the National semi-finals which co-incidentally take place on their home ground on the morning of Wednesday August 17. The National Final will take place in the afternoon.
The championship was initiated by the Lord's Taverners in 1972 and is administered by the England & Wales Cricket Board. Current England players Marcus Trescothick, Ian Bell, Vikram Solanki and Chris Tremlett are among those whose names stand out among the thousands of past competitors in the tournament. Not to mention that of Andrew Flintoff who smashed a massive 234 not out in 20 overs when he competed in 1993!
If the Bournemouth team succeed in beating the opposition on August 3, the championship sponsors, Portman Building Society, will ensure that they have a day to remember on August 17. Key figures from the game – including Nasser Hussain and Angus Fraser, who both played in the tournament themselves – will be among the spectators.
Robert Sharpe, Chief Executive of the Portman Building Society, strongly believes that it is important to support youth sport at grass roots level and is proud that the society is investing in the future of cricket.