U15s do them­selves proud to fin­ish na­tional fi­nal­ists

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

CHE­SHAM CC U15s put in a fine per­for­mance in the ECB Na­tional Tro­phy Re­gional Fi­nals last Thurs­day – but had to be con­tent with be­ing a los­ing fi­nal­ist.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously won the Bucks County Board Cup, they then, as Bucks rep­re­sen­ta­tives, beat Aston Rowant (Oxon) and Maiden­head & Bray (Berks) to qual­ify for the ECB re­gion­als at St Al­bans.

Miss­ing sev­eral key play­ers, not to men­tion man­ager Mike An­der­son, due to hol­i­days or in­jury, the team were un­der the care of Steve Ayres and Gift Kwat­sha for the day.

The first game, against Mildenhall (Suf­folk), proved to be a real thriller. Fol­low­ing an open­ing stand of 48 be­tween Sid Dey (19) and skip­per Do­minic Good­man (48), the Che­sham in­nings fell away un­til Aaron and Dom Tay­lor held out to com­plete a 20 over to­tal of a seem­ingly be­low par 100-9.

The re­ply be­gan with­out in­ci­dent un­til the sixth over, when Stan Burgham struck twice to re­move both open­ers with the score on 23. Good­man, Ol­lie McIn­ley and Jack Clif­ford then each took a wicket to make the score 86-5.

A fur­ther wicket for Aaron Navarat­nam saw panic set in among the Mildenhall lads and two run outs en­sued – one due to a piece of quick think­ing by Will Turner, the other a fine catch by Clif­ford – be­fore Good­man and McIn­ley cleaned up the tail to give Che­sham a five-run vic­tory.

The fi­nal, against Esher (Sur­rey), proved to be an anti-cli­max, de­spite Dey (33) and Good­man (17) again get­ting Che­sham off to a good open­ing part­ner­ship of more than 50.

Turner and Theo Wether­all made use­ful con­tri­bu­tions, but not even a huge six by Clif­ford could stop the run rate slow­ing dra­mat­i­cally be­fore a fi­nal to­tal of 122-5 was reached.

This was deemed to be just be­low par, but Esher’s top or­der proved to be too good and helped them cruise home with a bevy of pow­er­ful strokes with­out the loss of a wicket.

Che­sham should be proud of be­com­ing ef­fec­tively equal fifth best, to­gether with the three other los­ing re­gional fi­nal­ists, in the coun­try.

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