DUMBLETON Dynamite held off Bedminster Bashers by nine runs to win a thrilling final of the Gloucestershire Vitality U19 T20 in partnership with Stuart Turner held at Rockhampton.
It’s a first success in the competition for Dumbleton who had no hesitation in batting first in sunny conditions after winning the toss against last year’s winners.
Skipper Dan Holland top scored on 44 off 40 balls (one four, two sixes) while there were also important contributions from Myles Holland (25) and Tommy Boorman (21) as the village side reached a total of 136-7.
Joe Millard finished with 2-19 from his four with Dom Goodman (2-26), Bailey Peacock (1-22) and Lewis Mason (1-28) keeping the pressure on along with spinner Max Tryfonos (0-18 from four).
In reply, Bedminster made a solid start and established good foundations at 65-2 after 10 to push ahead and retain the trophy.
But Dumbleton put the squeeze on with accurate bowling backed up by fine ground fielding across the large playing area to restrict the run rate.
Top scorer for Bedminster was skipper Matt Brewer who perished for 46 but no one else was able to really establish themselves at the wicket as Fraser Loveday (2-14) and Myles Holland (2-23, both from four) took control.
Ed Bragg also made his presence felt with a return of 2-27 as did Ollie Horne (1-23 from four) to ensure that Bedminster finished just short of their target.
Dan Holland stepped up to receive the competition silverware as well as the batting award for his 44 runs while the bowling award went to team-mate Fraser Loveday for his return of 2-14. Bedminster’s Jack Filer took the fielding honours for a fine afternoon’s work which included a run out from the boundary.
Organiser Scott Tremain, the GCB’s Programmes Manager, said: “Congratulations to Dumbleton for winning the cup for the first time and to Bedminster for their contributions to an excellent final.
“It’s been a very challenging summer because of the pandemic but clubs responded superbly as soon as we were given the go-ahead to play, and it’s been an excellent effort by everyone concerned to complete the tournament.
“We’re also particularly grateful to our sponsors, Stuart Turner, for their support and to Rockhampton Cricket Club who put in a tremendous amount of work to host the final.”