Cricket county champs for two years running
The U14 boys retained their status as County Champions by winning the county final of the Lord’s Taverners Cup where, in a repeat of last year’s final, The Perse faced Thomas Deacon Academy. This means that the Perse will again go on to represent Cambridgeshire in the National U15 Lord’s Taverners Cup.
On their way to the final, The Perse defeated King’s Ely by 1 wicket and The Leys by 12 runs. In the final in Peterborough, our boys were put in to bat and, despite losing some early wickets, scored 120-5 in their 20 overs on a challenging wicket. Team captain Ben Cross faced the first ball of the innings and stayed in to find the boundary with the last delivery of the innings as he scored an unbeaten 45 from 46 balls. After the first 5 wickets had fallen for 55 runs, Ben was joined at the crease by wicketkeeper James Pitchford and they put on a defiant 65 run stand to set a very defendable target. Theo Pixsley bowled with precision and used his variations to good effect taking 2 wickets for 9 runs, whilst some sharp fielding led to Perse inflicting 5 run-out dismissals. Dineth Wijewardena, Ethan Aho also took a wicket each before Dineth’s catch off the bowling of Amith Hariharasudhan secured a 79 run victory.
It has been an excellent summer for the U14A team, winning seven of their ten matches so far and providing several players for the Cambridgeshire squad. Ben Cross has scored 273 runs at an average of 34.1, with George Doel averaging 40 with the bat. With the ball, James Ross leads the way with 17 wickets at an average of 9.47 with spinner Theo Pixsley taking 12 wickets with an economy rate of 4.2.
The boys hope to end the season in style and next year are looking forward to the chance to compete in the Lord’s Taverners National U15 Cup.