The U15s won their regional cup final at Abbeydale against a strong Bradfield team thanks to 52 retired from 37 balls from Rob Greaves and a superb 5-14 from Billy Root, well supported by spin partner Adam Talbot and brother Joe. Collegiate 101-9 (Rob Greaves 52*), Bradfield 76 all out (Billy Root 5-14, Joe Root 2-6)
Having lost the toss, we were asked to bat, which we have done anyway.
Joe Root and Rob Greaves got us off to a flying start before Joe played over a yorker for 8 with the score at 34 in the 4th over. The run rate continued until Billy Root was caught for 12 at 67 in the 10th, but the batting subsided, particularly after Rob retired with the score at 83. Only Ben Fielding managed double figures as we collapsed to 101 all out. Significantly their spinner had taken 4-11 in his 4 overs.
We put this knowledge to good effect by taking the pace off the ball from the start, opening with Joe Root’s little seamers and Adam Talbot’s off-breaks. Joe struck twice and Adam gave nothing away as Bradfield struggled to 13-2 in 5 overs. 2 tight overs from Ben Fielding kept the pressure on at one end, but Rob Greaves’ extra pace produced relatively quick runs at the other. Joe continued to juggle his bowlers and eventually Adam, returning at the other end, and Billy first stopped the flow and then broke the partnership, when Billy got a catch lobbed to David Evans at mid-on. That made them 62-3 off the third ball of the 14th over. They were all out off the first ball of the 19th, as Billy ripped through with Josh Gray claiming 2 stumpings, Zabe Javed a catch and another bowled. Rob Greaves returned to claim the opener who had reached 34 and was the last remaining threat. 2 run-outs from Ben Woodhead and Zabe rounded off a thrilling win, which had looked unlikely after the batting collapse. We still need to sharpen up our fielding as we gave away far too many easy runs, but we showed that we have a very good bowling unit for any conditions. Wombwell Main, conquerors of Doncaster await us in the next round. We will need to be at our best to progress. Well done, lads.