THE DFCA Bristol Youth Cricket League ‘Raise the Bat’ Finals Day, split between Frenchay and Winterbourne, proved to be a great success, rounding off in style a season that almost never was because of the pandemic.
There was terrific support from the Bristol Association of Umpires and Scorers with 20 officials volunteering to stand in the ten matches, adding to the occasion for all the young players involved.
In the Under 11 semi finals at Frenchay, Golden Hill ‘Green’, led by 25 (retired) from Edward Bordeaux, posted 108-4, beating Bradley Stoke, who reached 72-8 with Shriranj Praveen contributing 25 (retired). In the other tie, Bedminster Lions, with Joseph Armitage scoring 25 (retired), beat off the challenge of Bristol 11s, who were all out for 81.
In the afternoon ‘Raise the Bat’ Final, Edward Bordeaux continued his fine form, helping Golden Hill Green (main image) with 27 (retired) to reach 105-6 and take the trophy as tight bowling then restricted Bedminster Lions to 82-7 in reply.
Meanwhile at the St Michael’s Ground, Winterbourne, the host club’s under-13s posted 124-6 in the first U13 semi final, and then with good bowling led by Henry Trotman (3-4), restricted Bristol 13s to 97-7.
In the second semi-final, a fine bowling performance by Matthew Lang (4-12) saw Bradley Stoke bowl out Golden Hill Yellow for 61, after they had posted 82-9.
In the ‘Raise the Bat’ Final, Winterbourne bowlers led by Jonty Taylor (4-3) dominated, as they bowled out Bradley Stoke for 62. They then got to lift the Under 13 Trophy, reaching their target for the loss of four wickets.
The Recreation Ground at Winterbourne was the venue for the under-15s, where the first semi-final saw Golden Hill Green total 137-3, and then overcome Bradley Stoke, who replied with 72-8. Green were then joined in the final by Thornbury, who posted 111-7 in their semi before bowling out Bedminster for 92.
In the final, Ahmed Syed (51 not) dominated the Thornbury innings of 88-9 before Golden Hill Green responded with 89-3 to win the ‘U15 ‘Raise the Bat’ Trophy.
A very competitive Under 17 ‘Raise the Bat’ Final was hosted at Frenchay, where Golden Hill were 80 all out in the first Innings. Then, in a reply that swung both ways, Thornbury edged past that total to reach 83-6 with three balls to spare, to lift the trophy.