Regional Group matches started on Sunday 23rd April culminating with the National Finals on 26th and 27th July at Denby CC in Derbyshire.
The 2017 Finals were won by Corbridge CC at U13's and Sessay CC at U15 level.
U13 Final Match Report – Wednesday 26th July
Rain greeted the teams on their arrival at Denby CC for the U13’s T20 National Finals and prospects of play looked fairly bleak until early afternoon however in the spirit to “get the game on” all the players and officials were keen to stay late to get a result rather than the dreaded bowl off. Once the rain stopped the Denby ground staff, led by Mick Glenn, did a magnificent job and the semi-finals, albeit truncated to 8 overs a side, got under way.
Corbridge narrowly beat St Cross Symondians, 55/1 playing 52/1, with Hayes, 64/0, joining them in the final having beaten J & G Meakin, 59/2. The 3rd & 4th play-off was won by J & G who beat St Cross in a low scoring game.
The final proved nearly as tense as the Women’s World Cup Final, Corbridge batted first and made 100/4 off their 16 allocated overs, 87 of which were scored in a 2nd wicket partnership between Lizzie Scott (43) and Ciara Boaden (30 no). Hayes seemingly had the game won and victory in their grasp after some great batting between Ryana Macdonald-Gay (45) and Phoebe Wilkinson (32). Needing only 5 runs off the last 2 overs with plenty of wickets in hand the penultimate over bowled by captain Katie Chomse only went for 2 runs with 1 wicket falling. Huge pressure on Harriet Robson bowling the last over, she responded with a magnificent triple wicket maiden, aided and abetted by 2 run outs, to win the game for Corbridge by 2 runs.
U15 Final Match Report– Thursday 27th July
The gloomy weather forecasts were proved wrong with a full day’s play at Denby CC and the players and supporters were all delighted to be joined by Kate Cross from the England team.
In the morning’s semi-finals Hayes, 52/3, beat Porthill Park, 48 all out, with Sessay, 129/5, convincingly beating Newport, 58 all out.
The 3rd and 4th play-off was a really exciting game with another tense finish, Porthill making 90/4, Newport, led by captain Sophie Thomas making 52, looked to be in a strong position but as soon as she was out wickets tumbled. Grace Potts pulled off 2 run outs and tight bowling from Lucy Shenton, including a triple wicket maiden, put Newport under pressure with them finishing 89 all out in the last over thereby losing by 1 run.
The final was more clear cut, Sessay scoring 129/5 with Jess Woolston top scoring with 52, Hayes fought hard with Grace Jennings scoring 57 but they couldn’t keep up with the required scoring rate and finished on 91/3. Sessay were crowned U15 National Champions, winning by 37 runs.