Cheltenham crowned U16 T20 champs

Cheltenham triumphed in the second ever Under 16 T20 competition, beating Bedminster Bangers in a reverse of last year’s final.

Back (L to R ): Nathan Rose-Innes, Henry Findlay-Wilson, Will Salter, Saxon Campbell, James Newman, Jake Cropper,
Front (L to R): Billy Cropper, Josh Mill, Amith James, Archie Yearp, Seb Blake

They secured victory in front of a good sized crowd at Redmarley CC.

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In the final – which was reduced to 15 overs-a-side – Cheltenham batted first and posted a competitive score of 93-6. Henry Findlay-Wilson was the main man with an unbeaten 50 while Lewis Mason (2-15) was the pick of the Bedminster attack. In reply the Bangers got off to a great start, reaching 46 for no wicket. But the loss of Ahsaan Butt (16) and Max Tryfonos (23) for the addition of just two runs derailed the innings. Alfie Lewis (18 from 18 balls) threatened late on but the Bashers fell eight runs short. Wickets were shared around with two run outs and four of the five bowlers claiming one victim each.

Cheltenham had reached the final after chasing Leadon Vale Young Cricketer’s total of 96 with two balls to spare. The Bangers had needed just 10.3 overs to confirm their passage to the showpiece match by knocking off the 71 they had been set by Bristol YMCA.

Each of the semi-finalists reached the last four after topping their respective groups. In total 18 clubs entered the competition but five dropped out prior to its start.

Tournament organiser Scott Tremain said that plans were already being discussed to ensure next year’s competition would feature more teams and a greater number of matches.

He said: “Although it was disappointing to have a number of teams drop out, there was still some fantastic cricket played and the clubs who got behind it saw a real benefit.

“We are already looking at ways to make the competition bigger and better next year and are discussing a number of options including running the game days as mini-festivals – something which proved really successful in the Girls’ Blast.”