Bancroft’s triumph in Essex Cricket Cup

PUBLISHED: 14:23 08 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:23 08 July 2013


Bancroft’s reunited with trophy after four years

Bancroft’s School defeated holders New Hall School in the final of Essex Under-12 Cricket Cup at Woodford Green last Thursday. The Chelmsford-based school had won the title for the past two years, whereas the hosts last held the trophy four years ago.

Bancroft’s won the toss and elected to bat, making a tentative start after losing their opener in the third over and rebuilding to 26-1 after 10 overs. In the 15th over, some tight fielding by New Hall prompted a run out and Bancroft’s were tottering on 46-2. However, Bancroft’s batsmen responded by changing gear and captain Alex Agedah paired with Omar Kamaladin built a 66 run partnership in only 6 overs before Agedah was caught at mid-wicket on 62. Shortly after, Bancroft’s total stood at 123-3 off 23 overs and a large score looked possible. Nevertheless, New Hall immediately fought back with their leg spinner Sexton taking four wickets, dismissing Kamaladin for 44 and running through the Bancroft’s lower order. Bancroft’s were all out in their 30th, and final over, for 139.

In reply, New Hall started well until they lost their opening batsman in the 6th over at 18-1. They proceeded to up the tempo, scoring 40 runs in 5 overs and raising their score to 57-1 off 11 overs. At this point, Bancroft’s introduced their spinners Hasan Ahmed and Anil Sood who applied the brakes to the scoring and prompted one or two injudicious shots which, allied with some excellent catches and first class ground fielding, reduced New Hall to 80-5 off 20 overs. The key point in the New Hall innings was undoubtedly the run out of New Hall’s Alex Berry for 33 as he had until that point held the innings together.

Alex Agedah combined with Zak Foster took a further three wickets in the next five overs as New Hall limped to their final score of 96 all out, prompting Bancroft celebrations in front of a sizeable crowd including former England internationals John Lever and Nasser Hussain.

John Lever, Head of Bancroft’s cricket, said to the boys when presenting the trophy and medals, “it was a close match played on a superb wicket in an excellent spirit by two well-matched teams which contained many of the best under-12 cricketers in the county.” He urged both teams to, “Keep it up, continue to develop your technique, maintain your standards and enthusiasm and who knows where we may see you in the future!”

As a consequence of their victory, Bancroft’s now qualify for next year’s Bunbury National Cricket Cup against the winners of all this year’s nationwide Under 12 County trophies.

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