UNDER 15 CUP WINNERS - 12th of September 2011

Thornbury and Gloucester City Winget contested the Gloucestershire Under 15's 45 over final at the ship ground on Saturday 10th September, both teams won there leagues to own the right to play in this superb curtain closer to the season.

Unbelievably on the Saturday morning the sun came out and the game started on time at 10:30 after a miserable week of rain, Thornbury won the toss and elected to ask Gloucester to bat first on a dry wicket that the ground staff had done a wonderful job to produce considering the British weather.

Jordan Hicks and Stuart McWhinne opened the bowling for Thornbury and both bowled very good opening spells, Ayland was the first wicket to fall to Hicks for 15, Whitting took 30 balls to get off the mark but looked well set and gained in confidence as the innings took shape. Kapil replaced McWhinne and struck straight away removing Martin and then Hayden both for 1, Weeks replaced Hicks and was hit for 3 fours in 3 overs by Salehai before bowling him for 13,.at drinks Gloucester were 71 for 3, Whitting began to take control after drinks with some lovely shots which meant the introduction of left arm spinner Marcus Wormwell and left arm pace man Danny Slade, both bowled well and put the brakes on the Gloucester run rate, Wormwell took the vital wicket of Whitting caught and bowled for 63, Slade clean bowled Sleigh for 9 and then Hussiankhill for 1 leaving Gloucester on 135 for 7, two more wickets from Wormwell and a great steepling catch in the deep by Harry Ball off the bowling of McWhinnie finished of the Gloucester innings at 149 in 40 overs. The Thornbury keeper Harry Wormwell happy to get in for tea in very muddy whites after diving down the leg side on numerous occasions.

In reply Thornbury started brightly, Marcus Wormwell hitting a couple of nice fours in the first few overs before snicking a ball from Hussiankhill to slip for 10, this brought the Thornbury captain Danny Slade to the wicket and with opener William Comley they kept the score board ticking over at roughly 5 runs an over well above the require rate. Hussiankhill bowled a tight spell but the change bowlers for Gloucester didn't fair as well, Slade in particular took control and punished anything short with some fierce hitting. Gayle eventually removed Slade having him caught by Sligh for 57 from just 54 balls, however Comley was now growing in confidence and continued to score runs with the help of Summerfiled before he was bowled playing across the line for 9, which saw a mini batting collapse, Whitting and Wardley both picked up two wickets which included Comley caught for a very good 40, Thornbury nerves were eased when McWhinnie hit the winning runs with a four through the covers, reaching the winning total off 150 in the 41st over, a great 3 wicket win and a well deserved end to the season for the Thornbury lads.



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