Hellingly Cricket club’s under16 team travelled to the Brighton&Hovejobs.com, County Cricket Ground at Hove to face Three Bridges Cricket Club in the Champions League 20/20 final under floodlights.
Having produced a giant killing display to defeat Brighton and Hove CC in the semi final, the team went into this game still seen by many outside the team as underdogs.
With the lights switched on the two captains went to the middle for the toss. Hellingly won the toss and invited Three Bridges to bat. Three Bridges opened with the two batsmen who had seen them to victory in their semi final against Stirlands CC, M Price and Hugo Cowan. Hellingly opened with their spinners in the first five power play over.
Chris Morris and Max Wootten kept the score down and supported by some tigerish fielding, limited Three Bridges to a fairly conservative forty off the power play. However, no wickets had fallen and a score of 170 plus was well on the cards with the fast County Ground outfield. Then came probably the key period of the game, Captain Adam Pye brought himself into the attack alone with Harry Gape. The pair engaged the Three Bridges batsmen with a barrage of deliveries and though runs came quickly, they prised the door open to the Three Bridges middle order. Pye (3 for31) caught and bowled Cowan (23)taking an excellent return catch diving forward. He then had Chalcraft caught behind by David Rippengal for 17, very quickly following this up by bowling Walker for 4. Not to be out done at the other end Harry Gape (1for 27) had Price also caught by Rippengal for 30. When a sharp piece of work in the field by Chris Morris ran out Cave for 2 the score stood at 95 for 5. Harry Wootten came on to bowl with Jack Sampson.
The pair continued to keep it tight, Harry Wootten taking a quite excellent return catch one handed to dismiss A. Brown for 1. H Wootten ended up with (3 for 23). Before the innings closed there was still time for Pye to runout Spencer for 6 with a direct hit from distance.
Three Bridges ended 139 for 9 off their 20 overs.
Hellingly `s response began badly when Adam Pye was unable to continue his form in the field when he was bowled for 1 by Chalcraft (2 for 31). David Rippengal was joined by Harry Wootten. The pair steadied the ship, Rippengal (20) announcing his intentions launching the first straight six of the game. He was next man out when with score on 38 this brought hero of the semi final Max Wootten to the wicket, he and his brother then showed everyone how to play. They took the score to 94 for 3 when Harry fell for 24. The pair staying on the run rate. Chris Morris then came to the middle he and Max then accelerated the scoring, they sailed past the Three Bridges score in the 18th over.
Morris ending 26 not out and Max Wootten with a standout innings of 49 not out causing much jubilation amongst both players and supporters.
Joint Managers Chris Gape and Dave Pye said after the game, we have always known that this was a special team with some good players, as a unit they are excellent. They have worked hard for each other and tonight they have been exceptional, they fully deserve the title of Champions.