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NatWest U13 National Club Championship

Old Northamptonians take NatWest U13 National Club Championship Title

The NatWest Under 13 National Club Championship trophy was won by Old Northamptonians CC on Friday following three days of high quality cricket at Oundle School, Northamptonshire. They won the title ahead of five other rivals in the round-robin T20 league format to win the title for the first time in the clubs history in a competition that has over 1700 clubs enter each season.

Old Northamptonians, led by captain George Edmonds, produced a number of impressive batting performances as they won five out of five matches to top the table and take the Ken Barrington Cup back to Northampton. They hit the three highest scores of the competition (167, 160 and 153) and had Amrit Basra as their top scorer with 122 runs across five matches (with batsmen required to retire once they get to 30). But it wasn’t just their batting that shone, their bowling and fielding was also impressive with James Dawson took 10 wickets during the competition and had best figures of 5-21.


Behind Old Northamptonians were three teams tied on three wins and two defeats and net run rate was required to split them. In second place, thanks to some quick wins later in the competition boosting their run rate, was Yorkshire’s West Bretton who improved on their third place finish in 2013 and had captain Henry Kendrick impressing with both bat and ball. Third place went to Cambridge Granta, who were also enjoying their second successive year at the National Finals of the U13 competition. Guildford finished fourth despite being in the running for the title going into the last round of fixtures. Unfortunately a heavy defeat to Old Northamptonians saw their challenge end but Oscar Martin finished as top wicket taker in the competition with 11 victims and best figures of 5-9 while Jude Williams impressed with the bat amassing 125 runs over five matches.


The last round of matches also saw Barnt Green from Worcestershire and Gloucestershire’s Bedminster go head to head having both lost all four games over the previous two days and it was Barnt Green who came out on top. Despite a disappointing competition for the Worcestershire side they had some excellent individual performances, Jacques Banton was the competitions top run scorer with 130 while Jake Johnstone took 9 wickets across their five matches.


Middlesex and England star Eoin Morgan was on hand to do an excellent Q&A with the players and to present the trophy to Old Northamptonians, with Eoin highly praising the performances of all players who will be hoping to follow in his footsteps in years to come.

       
Previous Winners
Year Club
County
2014 Old Northamptonians Northamptonshire
2013
Eastcote Middlesex
2012
St Cross Symondians
Hampshire
2011
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
2010
Newport
Wales
2009
Wolverhampton
Staffordshire
2008
North Middlesex
Middlesex
2007
Bath
Somerset
2006
Harrow St Mary's
Middlesex
2005
Newport
Wales
2004
Leamington
Warwickshire
2003
Basingstoke & N.Hants
Hampshire
2002
Kibworth
Leicestershire
2001
Bessborough
Middlesex
2000
Shrewsbury
Shropshire