With two players short of the required eight, the U17 side were kindly allowed to bat against North London. We put on a decent total of 87 with some good partnerships and sensible batting against a strong bowling line-up. Ben and Timon were the pick of the batters with a net 37 partnership from their 3 overs. We knew that our fielding was going to have to be exceptional with a quarter of the team missing. For the most part, we bowled incredibly tightly and fielded brilliantly restricting North London to 71 with Saleem, Zain and Timon all picking up good wickets. This win secured a well-earned place in the final against North Middlesex but we were still two players down at this stage!
Thankfully, by the time the final was due to start, Irfan had turned up so we were now fielding a seven-man side. SNCC won the toss and chose to bat – believing that we could set a target and control the game through disciplined bowling and fielding agility. Ali and Ishaq were our first batting pair notching up a creditable 16 in their allotted overs against a strong bowling attack. Zain and Saleem struggled a little adding only a couple to the total leaving Ben & Tim and Irfan and Zain (selected by North Midd as our 8th batsman) to post a defendable target. They made 11 and 18 runs respectively with great determination and control leaving SNCC with a smaller than targeted total of 47. North Midd made a really strong start with 47 already scored at the halfway point. Ben, Ishaq and Saleem then bowled brilliantly under enormous pressure – picking up vital wickets and watching the North Midd total start to plummet. The game was incredibly tense and well fought right up to the last ball where North Midd scored three runs to put the scores level at 47 each.
The Play On equivalent of Duckworth-Lewis then came into play – in the event of a tie the result is based on which side wins the most skins. We were tied on skins at two all so it then went to the number of wickets taken in the innings. SNCC took 9 wickets and North Midd had taken 8… SNCC were declared winners!
Congratulations to all seven players on Saturday for what was a really dramatic and well-contested final. And congratulations to all the players who have played and helped us reach the final. The concentration, communication and control which we’d worked on has really paid off. A fantastic win…