U14's Claim the Doubleby Vince Reddick
Having already wrapped up the Under 14's League title, the U14's with some help from the U13's, went in search of the Double on Finals Day at Ottery St Mary. Having been drawn against the unpredictable Kentisbeare in the first Semi, Coach Reddick told his charges to stay focussed and not to get complacent. In the absence of Marcus H who was away on County duty, Jamie Telford took the Captains role on and marshalled his troops wisely and firmly. On a worn wicket, we won the toss and put Kentisbeare in as the pitch looked very unpredictable. This proved to be the case with variable bounce and some seam movement. Our boys took regular wickets with Ben Green (2/14, Harry Allbrook (2/5), Dom Gaywood (2/17) and Jake Reddick (2/9) helping to shoot Kentisbeare out for just 64 in 17.3 overs, with Sam Turner taking two catches.
As the sun dried the pitch it looked like we should be in for a comfortable chase. This proved the case as we overhauled Kentisbeare in 9 overs for the loss of 2 wickets - a much easier victory than had been anticipated.
Seaton annihilated Upottery and set up the final between the best two clubs at this age group. This time, we won the toss and decided to set a formidable total. Seaton had made 155 against the very weak Upottery, and Vince Reddick set his charges the target of 160 as he believed our bowling would be too strong for Seaton to reach that score. The reliable Will Street opened with Will 'Boggy' Marsh and the pair put on 48 for the first wicket in 8 overs. Just the solid start we wanted, Street fell for 20 and Marsh powered on to 32 before the inform Ben Green strode out purposefully. Time to increase the rate - Green set to his task taking 8 fours from a fluctuating attack before retiring on 41. Skipper Jamie Telford (19) gave the innings some late impetus, before we closed on 169 for 7. Bang on target and a very well executed innings.
In reply, Seaton open with the potentially destructive Reid Mawdsley, but although he reached his 40, we bowled well and he took a while to get there. Jamie T opened with spin at one end and some tight bowling from James Vanstone and Jake Reddick saw the run rate rocket early. As Seaton chased 11 an over, the inevitable run out chances came, and our sharp fielding claimed 4. Only James Thomas made any impression, hammering an impressive 31 in short time, as man-of-the-match Ben Green claimed 2 for 7 late on. Seaton closed on 148 for 9, leaving our mighty Under 14's (with some help from the under 13's) victorious by 21 runs.
A very good day, with all matches being played in a tremendous spirit with all players a credit to their respective clubs.