Second Time Lucky for Guildford
Oundle School in Northamptonshire played host to the NatWest Under 13 National Club Championship Finals on 12-14 August and it was Guildford CC from Surrey who took home the title after missing out at this stage 12 months earlier. Six clubs were at Oundle to play in the round-robin league competition, Guildford were joined by Barnt Green (Worcestershire) who were also at the finals in 2014, along with Grange (Scotland), Oakham (Leicestershire & Rutland), Eastcote (Middlesex) and Parley (Dorset).
After the first day of the 20-over a side format, both Guildford and Grange had won both of their matches, with Barnt Green and Eastcote winning one and Oakham and Parley yet to get off the mark.
Thursday morning saw Eastcote take on Barnt Green and it was the standout bowling performance of Dhanesh Jegatheesan that was the highlight as he took 4-11 which included a hat-trick. In the afternoon, unbeaten Grange and Guildford met and Grange were dismissed for just 80 but ended up winning by just two wickets, Guildford had their captain Matthew Stephenson to thank as he took 2-5 from his 4 overs before an unbeaten 31 guided his team to victory which meant Guildford could not be beaten.
The last round of matches on Friday morning were badly effected by the weather with the Guildford v Barnt Green and Eastcote v Grange matches abandoned but Oakham and Parley, who were both yet to win in the competition, managed to play through the rain in a 10-over a side match which saw Parley win by 24 runs.
Freddie Geffen was the top wicket taker in the finals with 10 wickets for Guildford while Eastcote captain Rishi Wijeratne was the best run scorer as he was unbeaten in the three innings that he played.
Ashes winning England Captain Alastair Cook brightened the gloom by presenting all six teams with their medals and did an excellent Q&A with all of the players but it was Guildford who were presented with the impressive Ken Barrington Trophy as the 2015 champions.
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