THE England under-19 cricket team came out on top of the SE t20 finals day at Arundel Castle on Saturday (June 30).
Sussex’s 2nd XI were the beaten finalists after beating Essex’s 2nd XI in the semi-final, while England had progressed past Worcestershire’s 2nd XI.
Sussex batted first in the opening game against Essex and scored 166-6 from their 20 overs, with 70 from Matt Machan and 32 from Luke Wells.
In reply, Essex never looked set to chase down the total and a devastating spell of 4-17 from James Anyon accounted for the Essex middle order as they could only make 107-8.
Michael Rippon, following up his first-team debut against Kent the previous night when he took 4-23, was again among the wickets and took 3-22.
The victory meant Sussex would go on to face England Under-19’s in the final following their victory over Worcestershire in the semi-final.
Sussex won the toss and, after electing to bat, scored 156-6 with Wells hitting 53, Harry Finch 28, Devon Endersby 23 not out and Will Adkin 21.
The total was not enough, though, as England won by eight wickets with more than two overs remaining.
Alan Fordham, head of first-class cricket operations for the ECB was in attendance and awarded the man-of-the-match award to Ben Duckett, representing Northants, in the England under-19 side.
Joe Hudson, Arundel Castle club secretary, said: “This was a very successful day, for once – this season – played under pleasant weather conditions. We are pleased to have been able to host the event for the ECB.”