St Bede’s come so close to bid for national cricket glory

ST BEDE’S cricketers came up only just short in their quest for national cricket domination in the final of the National 20/20 Cup at Arundel last week.

Having already been crowned the South and East of England champions, the boys from St Bede’s School went on to play in the National Final last Thursday, where they fell just 17 runs short of beating Millfield.

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 4-14 off his four overs. Playing Millfield in the final was always going to be a tough challenge but the St Bede’s boys were up to that challenge. 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 1-18 off his four 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 required rate 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 challenge was over. Having beaten the likes of Tonbridge, Cranleigh and Whitgift en route to the finals the boys should be immensely proud of finishing National runners-up to one of the best sporting schools in the world. It was the only game they lost all season.

n HAILSHAM U15s travelled to Horntye Park to take on a strong Hastings team on Tuesday evening. After a mammoth journey to get there, Hailsham won the toss and stuck the hosts in. An early onslaught by the openers soon found Hailsham struggling after four overs.

But Hailsham stuck to there task and with some fine ground fielding and backing up they dragged themselves back into the game. The main contributors to that were Bok Rahman (3-11) and Curtis Farley (2-8), this left Hastings on 110-6 off their 20 overs. Hailsham’s innings got of to a poor start, losing both openers early on, before some nice shots by Rahman (10) and Luke Evans (10) gave the visitors hope. This hope soon vanished, though, despite a plucky last wicket stand between Farley (7 not out) and Soy George (4 not out) as Hailsham finished on 51-9. The Royal India Man of the Match went to Curtis Farley for a fine spell of bowling, solid batting and good captaincy.

n POLEGATE & Stone Cross U10s found themselves up against it when they faced an experienced and unbeaten Sidley team.Sidley batted first and racked up an imposing 281 in their 16 overs for the loss of only four wickets. Pick of the bowling attack was once again Freddie Bobbin with his two overs only going for two runs and gaining one wicket. Sam Williams, Ryan Hover and Ben Berry also picked up a wicket apiece, whilst keeper James Earl performed tidily behind the stumps. After a steady start with the bat, second pair Baseer Sepahi and Charlie Travers commendably looked to step on the gas to give the team a chance of victory. However, it was not to be with a clutter of wickets falling, including a couple of run outs. Third batting pair Ben Berry (with 7 not out) and Jack Corbett (with 11 not out) displayed a similarly aggressive outlook. However, despite their best efforts, Polegate & Stone Cross could only amass a final total of 223, faced with a disciplined Sidley bowling attack that gave little away, backed up by an energetic fielding display.