Welwyn Garden City junior side snare momentous trophy win
PUBLISHED: 16:43 02 October 2012
WELWYN Garden City Cricket Club's near 30-year wait for a trophy from their junior section is over.
The club’s U11s won the Hertfordshire 8-a-side tournament after beating Met Police Bushey in the semi-finals and Watford Town in the final at Dunstable CC.
The side went unbeaten throughout the season, winning all seven group matches and then two further matches on finals day.
It was nearly 30 years since WGC CC junior section last won a trophy, but the wait was well worth it.
In the semi-final WGC batted first and scored 274-2.
Their top scorer was Sam Jones with an excellent 22, he was ably assisted by Finn Brunel (12), Oliver Skipp (10), Alex Molyneux (8) and Nathan Trigg (8).
In reply Met Police could only score 255-7 after excellent bowling from Oliver Skipp who from three overs took 2-2 and Matt Billimore who in his two overs also took 2-2.
In the final WGC faced a strong Watford Town side.
On a tricky batting wicket, WGC batted first.
It was hard work for the batsman and eight wickets were lost before a good recovery by Sam Woods and Adam Sainter got WGC to a positive total of 215-8.
With each wicket costing the batting side minus five, the incentive for WGC was to bowl tightly and take wickets; which is exactly what they did.
In four overs WGC managed to take five wickets for no runs, with some excellent bowling by Nathan Trigg, Alex Molyneux and Sam Woods, combined with some brilliant catching by Sam Jones, Adam Sainter and Finn Brunel.
In total WGC took eight catches, with no others dropped, restricting Watford Town to a score of 204-10.
Everyone bowled well for WGC, but the outstanding performance was from Finn Brunel finishing with five wickets for 20 runs.
The adage ‘catches win matches’ was apt for this match.
The triumphant WGC team went on to collect their trophy from Middlesex star Gareth Berg at Berkhamsted Cricket Club.