St Bede’s brushed aside a strong Whitgift team full of Surrey Academy players to reach the Finals Day of the National 20/20 Cup at Arundel.
Bowling first, St Bede’s seemed to have the game pretty much under control when Elliott Hooper bowled a three-wicket maiden; a very rare event in this format of the game.
He eventually finished with the outstanding figures of 5 for 11 off his 4 overs, making him comfortably the man of the match as Whitgift posted a modest total of 125-9
St Bede’s opening pair of Callum Jackson and Daniel Wells put on a partnership of 80 in 9 overs which basically secured the game for the home team. Jackson finished with 41 and Wells 24. Shai Hope then saw the match home with an undefeated 23, crowning St Bede’s South and East of England champions.
They went onto play in the National Final and fell just 17 runs short of beating Millfield in the National 20/20 cup at Arundel.
They got through to the final having comfortably beaten Sedbergh in the semi.
Chasing 101 for victory they reached the target with four wickets and four overs to spare. Elliott Hooper put in another fine display claiming 4 for 14 off his 4 overs.
In the final, Millfield got off to a good start scoring 90 in the first 11 overs before losing their first wicket.
They were then pegged back by some tight bowling from the spin trio of Guest, Hooper and Allport, the latter taking 1 for 18 off his 4 overs.
Millfield scored just 50 runs in their last 10 overs but still posted a very competitive total of 140, St Bede’s lost Callum Jackson in the second over of their innings but a well compiled partnership of 64 by Shai Hope and Daniel Wells kept St Bede’s on track.
Some tight Millfield bowling towards the end of the innings put St Bede’s behind the rate required but all the time Hope was at the crease they were in with a chance. He eventually fell for 56 (the only half century of the day) and St Bede’s fell just 17 runs short.