The South Board are the Essex Inter District 20/20 Champions

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Having won their group which consisted of the Central and Met Boards they met the North District in the final at Billericay last Thursday.

With a little rain overnight and an 11 am start who ever won the toss would have put the opposition in and The North asked the South to bat first. Rahul Ravi unfortunately got a brut of a ball and was out in the 2nd over. This brought together Praneet  Patel and Harry Lockyer who were careful early on and each rode a bit of luck however when the field restrictions lapsed more gaps opened which they found superbly and their partnership flourished with some great shots that found the boundary. Praneet scored a excellent 57 and Harry an equally good 31 and when their partnership ended in the 15 over they had added 93. This enabled the middle order  to straight away go for their shots which they did especially Will Gibbons and skipper Matt Dobson. The final score of 126 was a very competitive score bearing in mind the large boundaries and slow outfield.

Praneet  and Matt Dobson who opened the bowling did as planed and bowled line and length to keep them well below the run rate and this was carried on by Josh Jones and Matt Pasfield. Then enter Harry Lockyer in the 10th over when they were 41 for 3 and had to “tee off”. With the coach questioning the need for a slip in the circumstances Josh Jones took 2 there and the North had no answer –the only thing that could save them was the approaching thunder storms but with 6 for 12 Harry wrapped the game up in the 18 over before the rain set in.

A great win for a great bunch of boys!

Team:  Tom Baker, Ryan Carey, Sam Coehlo, Matt Dobson, Frank Farrington, Will Gibbon, Josh Jones, Harry Lockyer, Finlay Mackay, Matt Pasfield, Praneet Patel, Rahul Patel

Report by Roy Soilleux