Notts Unity reach national finals

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Notts Unity secured their place at the Under-15 national finals with a nine-wicket win over Lullington Park in their regional final.

Lullington won the toss and elected to bat, which looked a good decision as they raced to 50 for one after just eight overs.

But as they threatened to get away Unity’s captain Sham Patel produced an outstanding spell of 3-22 to peg back Lullington.

The tail wagged enough to ensure a respectable target of 102 for six was reached.

Patel's confident batting put Lullington Park on the back foot instantly and he put on 77 for the first wicket with A Shafique, before the latter was caught off the bowling of Charlie Veale.

Patel retired with the score on 85 and game won, leaving K Shafique to hit the winning runs in the 17th over.

Notts Unity had seen off Lowerhouse CC by 13 runs in the semi-finals..

Champions of Lancashire Lowerhouse won the toss and elected to field, but a wicket in the second over did nothing to hold Notts Unity back as raced to 65 for one after just 7 overs, thanks mainly to a tremendous 50 from Sham Patel.

Once Patel had retired NUCC collapsed and they ended up 99 all out.

In reply Lowerhouse started gingerly, losing two early wickets and immediately falling behind the required run rate.

Some very good, aggressive bowling from Shoaib Azad gave Unity the initiative and only Max Howells showed any resistance before being run out for 38 as the rate required spiralled and Lowerhouse could only reach 86 for four.

Lullington Park had secured victory over Chester-le Street in the other semi-final.

Notts Unity’s Under-13s also reached the regional finals.