THORNBURY clinched the Gloucestershire Cricket Board Jelf Under-16 T20 Blast Trophy with two outstanding team efforts on finals day at Bedminster.
Praneel Choughule set the tone with 52 (retired) off just 25 balls (six fours, three sixes) in Thornbury’s total of 174-9 in the semi-final against the hosts, .
Skipper Rhys Price (35), Ahmed Syed (30) and Alex Foulner (27 not) also impressed before Bedminster were restricted to a response of 162-7, Price finishing with 3-26 from four.
This win put Thornbury into the final against Cheltenham, who defeated Lechlade. And Thornbury once again made the most of batting first with a total of 180-5 thanks to Syed (53, retired), George Driver-Dickerson (27) and Choughule (25).
In reply, Cheltenham were restricted to 155-6, Alex Riggs and Syed both capturing two wickets while Choughule’s four overs of spin cost just 20 runs.
Bedminster, meanwhile, took revenge for a last-ball defeat in last season’s U19 T20 Blast final with a midweek four-wicket quarter-final triumph in near darkness away to champions Frocester.
There were just three deliveries to go in this 18-overs per side contest when visiting captain Lewis Mason clipped a Will Naish delivery to midwicket for the winning boundary.
Earlier, Frocester, who won the toss, rallied from 40-5 to reach 109-7 with Max Tryfonos (2-15) and Harry Drissell (2-18, both from four) the pick of the Bedminster attack.
The Bristol side now advance to finals day at Stroud on September 8 alongside Bristol YMCA, Cheltenham and Twyford House.