Warwickshire Under 17s are Runners up in ECB One Day Cup
Following an excellent win against Yorkshire, the under 17’s met Kent in the ECB U17 Cup final at Kibworth Cricket Club, Leicestershire.
Kent won the toss and elected to bat first and Aaron Thomason took an early wicket by nicking off the batsman who was comfortably caught at first slip by Oli Haley.
For the next few power play overs, there was a flurry of strokes from the Kent batters. However, the Warwickshire bowlers soon managed to gain control of the game with some tight bowling by seamers Brinder Phagura and Mark Adair with excellent support from off spinner Michael Waugh.
Kent batted solidly for the rest of the innings with three of their top order going on to score half centuries to reach 230-5 by the end of the innings.
Warwickshire started the chase in an explosive manner with the in form Andy Umeed stroking successive balls to the cover boundary and Jim Clifford hitting the opening bowler over extra cover for 6 - in just the second over. Unfortunately Clifford was caught at slip for 12, which brought Matt Lamb to the wicket.
Lamb and Umeed batted sensibly and comfortably kept up with the required run rate until Lamb (26) was bowled by the spinner when attempting a cut shot. Jake Salmon was adjudged LBW second ball for 0 and it was at this stage it was noticeable that the Kent players now believed they were in pole position.
Umeed continued to tick along and Oli Haley soon got going with strokes all around the ground before being cleaned bowled for a quickfire 27.
At 135-4, Warwickshire were very much still in the game but it just needed someone to stay with Umeed who by now had reached his half century. It was a hammer blow for the Bears when Aaron Thomason was out LBW for 0 as it meant other than Andy Umeed, all of the players who had scored the bulk of the runs this season were now back in the pavilion. However, with Andy Umeed still at the crease, there was still a chance we could reach the 231 runs required.
It wasn’t to be though, wickets steadily fell as the Kent slow bowlers gave nothing away and the dismissal of Umeed for 66 left the Bears with too much to do.
The lower order batted with real character to get up to 200, at which point Dan Brosnan holed out at long on to see Kent crowned as under 17 one day champions.
It was a superb effort by the boys to get to the National Final and no doubt they will have gained a lot from the experience.