The U15s won the U15 League Cup In dramatic style last night to now go through to the County National Cup Final on Sunday 23 June at Taunton Vale Spirts Club (1pm start) v Lansdown or Bath.
The Deane batted first and struck a very useful 166-2 off their 20 overs thanks to excellent half centuries from skipper Ben Chaffey (53*) & Charlie Sharland (55*). Opener Aman Rao (35) was the other main contributor to the score.
In reply Taunton St Andrew’s got off to a Flyer largely due to George Thomas (50*). Aman Rao (4-0-33-1) claimed the first wicket when Alex Couch (10) was caught by Charlie Sharland at long on. James Rew (34) kept up the run chase, well supported by Harrison Barrett (19), but the re-introduction U14 Rufus Williams-Pritchard 4-0-32-1) saw him bowl Rew. Josh Thomas (31) played some impressive shots to get his team to 147-2 with 13 balls remaining. Freddy Stevens then produced a tumbling catch in the deep to remove Harrison Barrett off the bowling of Max Johnson (4-0-32-1). Fourteen runs off the penultimate over, including a six and a four from Josh Thomas left The Saints with just six for victory in the last over. A no ball by Charlie Sharland gave Josh Thomas a free hit, but he could only scramble a single. Alex Cunningham (0) played and missed, but a bye then saw the dangerous Thomas back on strike. Three runs needed off 3 balls. Josh again drove to deep cover, sprinted the first run, but a superb throw from Taylor Flitton saw him short of his crease and run out as he came back for a cheek second run. Two runs needed off two balls. A play and miss to the keeper saw Alex Cunningham run out as Ollie Heard called him for a single as the alert Ben Chaffey threw to the bowler’s end and Charlie Sharland removed the bails. Two need off one ball. Ollie Heard (1*) got bat on ball only to pick out Josh Thomas at cover, but they scrambled a single. The match was a tie!! But ... Taunton Deane win as they lost just two wickets compared to Taunton St Andrews’ five.
A thrilling high quality match ... both teams can be immensely proud of the spectacle they put on for the engrossed crowd ... and the palpitations they gave their managers/coaches. As Keith Parsons commented in his presentation speech ‘ you will not see an U15 match of such quality anywhere in the country this season’. Well done everyone. Now ... to the County Final on Sunday. We must endeavour to maintain high standards in all areas of our match play .... fielding is an area we need to improve on; minimising wides/no ball/byes and looking at our spin bowling options. Some food for thought while we descend from the clouds and think about Sunday.
Youth Cricket Manager
Taunton Deane CC