Exciting finishes in Youth Finals

The 2012 youth finals produced a couple of exciting finishes as the sun finally shone for our young cricketers. At Benfleet, the Under 11 final was decided off the last ball when Albon (19 not out) struck a boundary for Rankins to see then overtake Leigh’s 269 for 2 (net 259) in which van Lint scored a fine 21 not out. On the adjoining pitch, Westcliff scored 120 for 5 and managed to cap a fine season with a nail-biting 6-run win over Rayleigh who ended just short with 114 for 7. A number of batsmen shone with Westcliffs Lockhart, Pinkerton and McKay all scoring 25 as did Jones and Dobson for Rayleigh.

In the Under 15 final at Wickford, Leigh had a comfortable 8-wicket win over Westcliff, chasing down the latter’s 107 for 7 in just over 15 overs, mainly thanks to Barton, 38 not out and Metcalf 33 not out.

The Board wishes to place on record its thanks to both Benfleet and Wickford clubs for hosting these finals and providing excellent hospitality to the many supporters who came along to watch.