The Barnt Green U15 team headed to Rugby school knowing they were two wins away from being the ECB U15 national club champions. The draw was made and the boys faced Hallam CC from Yorkshire who won the toss and elected to bowl first. The Green got off to the worst possible start and lost very early wickets and found themselves 15 for 4 0ff 3 overs Peter Hawk and George Homer them got their heads down to take us to 64 before the next wicket fell. Wickets continued to fall and runs were hard to come by but the boys kept chipping away, Homer finally fell for a well compiled 44. With the help of some extras the Barnt Green innings closed on 121 for 9 off the 20 overs. It was a competitive score and more than could have been hoped for early in the innings. The Hallam openers made a steady start and lost their first wicket when on 20 in the 4th over. It was time to introduce the 4 pronged spin attack of the Johnstone twins , Banton and Meredith the run rate was increasing and regular wickets fell. At the halfway point Hallam found themselves 36 for 3 still needing 85 to win. The spinners were now in their stride and started taking regular wickets for few runs. The game was all but over and all that was required was for the Barnt Green boys to keep their nerve in the last few overs with over 50 to win ,which they did. The Hallam side closed their innings on 69 for 9 and the boys were in the final.
The final was to be contested with St Cross Symondians from Hampshire in front of good crowd including England one day captain Eoin Morgan. The game was to take place on the main pitch which looked a very good batting surface and Banton had no hesitation in batting first when he won the toss. It soon became clear that the openers were in no mood to hang around with the ball being struck to all parts of the ground. The first wicket saw Banton depart for an excellent 43 with the total on 93 off 9 overs but still the runs flowed with Hawk and Thompson both retiring for superb 50s. The innings closed with Barnt Green amassing what surely was a impossible total for the opposition to chase of 219 for 2 off 20 overs the other main contribution coming from Moody who made a masterful 44 not out. This was without doubt the best batting performance of a long season and what a time to do it. The bowlers only needed to bowl as they had done throughout the competition and keep things tight, that is exactly what happened. The run rate climbed and wickets fell at regular intervals and although the odd boundary was struck the batsman could not get on top. In the 19th over victory was achieved as the last man fell to the bowling of Roll with the total on 112.
After winning 11 consecutive games Barnt Green had achieved the honour of being crowned the National U15 champions and the first winners from Worcestershire, the competition started with 1600 teams and all that was left undefeated was one, Barnt Green. The boys were presented with their winners medals and the trophy by Eoin Morgan which capped a day that will be long remembered.
The team was J.Banton, H,Froggatt, S.Johnstone, J.Johnstone, F.Roll, B.Humphries, J.Moody, P.Hawk, N.Jakobsen, G.Homer, D.Meredith, H.Thompson,
Updated 13:53 - 23 May 2017 by Samantha Meredith