Bristol Bucaneers retained their Pegler Yorkshire Gloucestershire Under 19 T20 crown with an 86 run victory over Frocester Foxes at Bristol CC.
For the second successive year Bristol triumphed in a final that was rearranged after rain brought a premature end to Finals Day at the Brightside Ground last week.
Batting first the reigning champions got off to a flyer as Tom Probert smashed 28 off just 12 balls before falling to Ben Spyvee with the score on 56.
Semi final half centurion and fellow opener Finn Trenouth (26 off 16) followed soon after – also caught by Foxes skipper Mark Glew off Spyvee.
Louis Shaw (19) and Glos Academy player James Bracey (31) added 53 for the third wicket before Glew made the breakthrough again – this time with the ball – as he had Shaw caught by Oliver Carey.
He followed it up by dismissing Bracey to leave the Bucaneers on 135-4.
Jake Thompson (20) and Sam Matthews (16 not out) added late runs and Glew and Spyvee combined for a third time to dismis Henry Adams (5) as Bristol finished on 188-7.
Spyvee returned figures of 3-46, Glew took 2-18 and there were also wickets for Angus Gegg (1-37) and 13-year-old Will Naish (1-29).
In reply Bracey struck early to dismiss Spyvee for 6 with the score on 15.
From here wickets fell at regular intervals with no pair able to put on a partnership of more than 18.
Only four players reached double figures with Chad Trainor topscoring with 24 before the Foxes were bowled out for 102 after 18 overs.
Seven of the eight Bristol bowlers took wickets with legspinner Vir Lakhani (3-12) and offspinner Rishi Panchal (2-5) the pick of the bowlers.
Speaking after the final, tournament organiser and Gloucestershire Cricket Board community coach Scott Tremain said: “Congratulations to Bristol Bucaneers on successfully retaining their title. This was the second year of the competiton and it has been great to see it grow, with more teams taking part this year.
“Tournaments like this are vital to help keep young people playing club cricket and I look forward to seeing if anyone can challenge Bristol for their crown next season.”
Sponsored by Peglar Yorkshire, the competition featured 24 teams and seeks to recreates the razzamatazz of the NatWest T20 Blast with coloured clothing, music and a pink ball.
During the group stages teams are also awarded points for producing the best match day atmosphere.