Budleigh Under-15s - simply one of the best in the country!
PUBLISHED: 19:44 11 August 2010 | UPDATED: 19:44 11 August 2010
THE Budleigh Salterton CC Under-15s have certainly had a season to remember and, last week, they played in three different competitions in the space of six days.
THE Budleigh Salterton CC Under-15s busy schedule began with a Tuesday evening game against Sidmouth in what was the Ottermouth lads penultimate League outing of the campaign. Sidmouth were restricted to 102 for 5 with Joe Marley and Ryan May both bagging a brace of wickets.
Rice (27), England (31) and Dart (34) shared the run scoring duties as an eight wicket win was sealed.
That set the side up nicely for their trip two days later, to Weston, where they were tasked first with a semi-final against Bournemouth, batted first, and posted a respectable 120-8.
In reply, Bournemouth got off to the worst possible start and had half their side back in the pavilion with just 36 on the board.
They then staged a remarkable recovery which took them to brink of victory.
This was when the experience of the Budleigh side clicked in and they produced some superb, disciplined fielding to claim a thrilling two run win and move into the Final.
Against a strong Yateley side, Budleigh again batted first and were restricted to 106-6, with skipper Elliot Rice hitting an excellent 26.
The Hampshire champions made the run chase something of a procession, getting home with nine wickets and three overs to spare.
Budleigh then made the shorter trip to Thorverton for the Sunday Finals Day in the Somerset County Sports Under-15 Cup.
In the semi-final they were paired with Sandford, batted first, and closed on an imposing 222, led their by three half centuries. Jack Dart, Ryan May and Under-14 player, Sam Conway, were the players to notch scores of 50, whilst the late innings runs came from the bat of Harry Parkin, who hit 29.
Sandford were always struggling in the reply against such a formidable total and closed on 188-5 with George Pannell bagging a pair of wickets.
In the Final they took on host club Thorverton, and, once again, Budleigh batted first, scoring 164. Jack Dart scored another half century and young Conway was again impressive, hitting a rapid-fire 29.
Thorverton started brightly, keeping up with the required run rate for the first five overs, but, as wickets started to fall, their run chase started to fade and they eventually closed on 92. George Pannell picked up another three wickets, Joe Marley bagged a brace and there were single wickets for Adam Jones, Aaron Conway and Ryan May.
Budleigh, having won the East Division of the East Devon Youth League, move on to the play off against the winners of the West Division to decide the ultimate East Devon Champions for 2010.