NatWest U19′s Finals Day a Great Success
The inaugural NatWest Under 19 T20 Finals Day involving 12 teams took place on Sunday at Uphill Castle CC and Weston Super Mare CC.
Altogether 24 teams entered the competition, sponsored by Somerset County Sports, which involved over 400 14-19 year olds across the county.
In the group stages Perrott Monkeys overcame Castle Thunder in a last ball thriller and the Wembdon Renegades to win group A to reach the Semi Finals where they faced the winners of group B The Saints.
Having beaten the Nailsea Rogues as did the Westland Whirlwinds it was a straight shootout for a place in the Semi Finals. Posting 78 their 10 overs Saints looked like they were heading out with the Whirlwinds requiring 5 to win off the final over but only two were scored and they went through.
Group C saw the Glastonbury Thorns beat the Crewkerne Crusaders and the Timsbury Miners in a high scoring affair to reach the semi-finals. They would face the group D winners the Deane Diamonds who produced two outstanding bowling performances including Charlie Norman who took 5-10 including a hat trick before defending 78 against a strong Wellington Warriors.
The first team through to the Final were Diamonds who defeated the Glastonbury Thorns at Weston Super Mare CC. Glastonbury had the Diamonds in trouble but power hitting by Ed Mellor and a brilliant all round bowling performance left Lambs short.
In the other semi-final it looked like Perrott Monkeys were going to stop an all Taunton Final thanks to 33 from Jake Symes left them needing seven from the last but Jesse Mooney bowled an excellent last over to limit Monkeys to 4 runs to see Saints through.
In front of over 400 people at Uphill Castle CC Diamonds batted first as Calvin Harrison (31 retired) and Harry Thomas (35 retired) put Saints under pressure and going into the final over the Diamonds were 88 for one. Henry Mellor then took 25 off the last to see his side onto 113.
Saints needed a strong start but Eddie Byrom fell in the opening over, and Harden was run out following a mix up. Diamonds attack turned the screw and despite late hitting from Knott and Clements it wasn’t enough to stop as the Deane Diamonds winning by 46 runs.
Peter Trego made the presentations afterwards including the Man of the Match to Ed Mellor for his 33 off 12 balls and the winners trophy to the Deane Diamonds captain Henry Mellor.
Thanks go to both Uphill Castle CC and Weston Super Mare CC for hosting Finals Day and recreating the T20 atmosphere and most importantly all the clubs and their fans who helped make the competition a fantastic experience.