Hadleigh and Thundersley CC Win Inaugural Essex U18 T20 Competition

Hadleigh and Thundersley U18 151-2
Fives and Heronians U18 101-9

played Sunday 8th September 2013 – Hadleigh and Thundersley CC won by 50 Runs

Deputising for captain Matthew Wagstaff who was university bound, Tom Phillipe of Hadleigh and Thundersley won the toss and elected to bat first at the Essex County Ground. The innings could hardly have started in more comedic circumstances when opening batsman Dan Lee played a glorious first ball straight drive – directly into non-striker Phillipe’s pads at the bowler’s end! No doubt Fives and Heronians were grateful for this extra fielding resource but the scoreboard burst into activity as these two yielded a rapid opening partnership of 49 runs, at which point Lee was dismissed for 28.

Number three batsman Olly Smith scored two fewer than Lee, but his partnership with Phillipe was highly productive, with a run tally of 84. Austin Holmes accompanied the stand-in captain for the final two overs which produced, in the words of Hadleigh coach Roy Soilleux, a “Competitive Total”. But what of Phillipe? He produced a masterful work of 81 not out, to follow his innings of 177 against Orsett in division one of the Shepherd Neame Essex League (first team section) the previous afternoon.

2013 Hadleigh U18 T20 Winners

Hadleigh and Thundersley proudly present the magnificent T20 Trophy as Inaugural Winners
at the Essex County Ground, Chelmsford on Sunday 8th September 2013

After a quick turnaround, Fives and Heronians started the crease occupancy with their plethora of County youth players enforcing the top order. But Lee caused problems with his devasting pace while a stunning catch by Louis Robinson in the deep opened the valve for a flow of wickets. A run out from a direct hit uprooted the middle stump one of Fives’ star batsmen as the John Burrows Ground players took control of the game. Fourteen year old Matthew Dobson showed few nerves after being called upon to bowl in the power play overs and removed a key batsman too. The game nearly finished with a hat-trick, but Holmes had his leg before appeal turned down.

Soilleux enthused: “There was great support from the Hadleigh members and this was a thoroughly enjoyable day out for all concerned. This is an excellent competition which will no doubt grow in stature over the years. Thanks go to Roy Paul for scoring as always and continuing his support for our youth section. Special thanks must go to Jon Wagstaff for entering and organising the boys throughout the season, this would not have happened without his passion and commitment”.

Jon Wagstaff (Hadleigh and Thundersley Cricket Club)
Roy Soilleux (Hadleigh and Thundersley Cricket Club)