Cirencester lost in the semi-finals of the NatWest ECB Under 13 Cup but bounced back to win the plate final – effectively crowning them as the third best team in the country out of 1600 that entered the competition.
The squad received their trophy from England star Jonny Bairstow following a six wicket win over northern champions York CC.
Cirencester lost the toss but kept it tight early on through Oliver Wood (2-19) and Charlie Davison (0-5). Wood picked up the early wicket of Elliott Watson – caught and bowled for one – and followed it up by bowling York skipper Alex Try-Banton for 0.
With York struggling to find runs it was Louis Staley who then took control with the ball. He bowled with accuracy, taking five wickets for 19 runs, four bowled and one caught by Wood.
Staley ripped out the York middle order supported by his twin brother Kit (2-12) runs and Hamish Brook (1-10).
York were all out for 91 with extras the top scorer.
In reply, Cirencester started with Ben Lemos moving up to open with Fred Walker. Both players started well before falling in quick succession.
Davison came in at three and played a solid innings, scoring 29 not out. Cirencester lost two more wickets but cruised to a comfortable six wicket as Louis Staley continued his fine allround performance with an unbeaten 24.
The victory was the culmination of a great summer for Cirencester who had played 10 games to reach this stage. Broadstairs CC from Kent were the eventual winners beating Walmley in a closely fought final.
Earlier, Cirencester lost their semi-final to Warmley by 44 runs.
Batting first the Warwickshire side made 144-3, Wood the pick of the bowlers with 2-14.
In response Brook (18), Wood (28) and Kit Staley (17) all made contributions but with wickets falling at regular intervals and the run rate climbing it was always an uphill task. Cirencester were eventually bowled out for 100 mid-way through the final over.