U14 boys’ cricket team crowned county champions
The U14 boys’ cricket season ended in style as they won the county final of the Lord’s Taverners’ Cup. As County Champions, The Perse will now go on to represent Cambridgeshire in the National U15 Cup.
On their way to the final, The Perse defeated The Leys by 124 runs and won by eight wickets against Comberton Village College. In the final against Thomas Deacon Academy, Perse were put in to bat and despite losing two early wickets, scored 147-5 in 20 overs. George Bowden was top scorer with 40, before he then produced a ruthless bowling display taking four wickets for three runs in his three overs.
The U14A team have enjoyed an excellent summer, winning eight of their ten matches and providing several players for the Cambridgeshire squad. Captain Nicky Phelps and fellow county regular Tom Baldwin each scored 267 runs over the season for the team, whilst Ollie Knight ended up with a batting average of precisely 100. With the ball, opening bowler Ansh Tandon led the way with 17 wickets, ably supported by spinners George Means and Viraj Kakhandki who took 14 wickets and 10 wickets respectively. David Shaw also enjoyed a fine summer, amassing 182 runs and showing some sharp glove-work behind the stumps.
The boys are looking forward to the chance to compete in the Lord’s Taverners’ National U15 Cup where they can test themselves against some top opposition.