11 Sep 2015
On Thursday 10th of September 2015, Castle View Cricket Academy Under-15 team ventured into the unknown, their very first County Cup Final. Getting to this stage was already a massive achievement, all of the squad worked extremely hard to get to this position and were excited to compete in what would turn out to be a tense contest.
The final was played at Hetton Lyons Cricket Club, a fantastic Premier League ground which allowed for a high-quality game to unfold. The opposition was Teesdale Comprehensive School, who had performed above expectations to reach the final.
Cricket Academy captain, Elliott Campbell, won the toss and elected to bat first, a consistent plan that had served them well throughout the competition. Campbell, along with fellow opener David Cheverton, started well, facing up to a talented opening bowler partnership. Both batters looked solid in defence and put the bad ball away to the boundary. The wicket of Cheverton fell with the score on 22, which brought Luke Walmsley to the crease. He was quickly into his stride, scoring with relative ease, and at this point confidence appeared high. The CVEA innings progressed well, wickets fell with the score on 43, 88 and 91 in the 17th over. However, they were unable to capitalise in the final overs and only managed to muster a score of 97 for 6. A reasonable total nevertheless.
The second innings started well for CVEA, opening bowlers David Cheverton and Adam Newton bowled an immaculate line and length and kept runs to a minimum. This theme continued for the first 12 overs and the players were in good spirit and confident of winning a first title. The only slight concern was the lack of wickets taken. This concern was proven correct as the opposition started to score more freely knowing they had wickets in hand. Boundaries were a regular theme towards the end of the Teesdale innings and a tense last few overs were in store. Requiring thirteen from the final two overs, the Teesdale batmen managed to reach their target with ease at the end of the 19th over.
Although Castle View Cricket Academy went on to lose the final, the squad should be very proud of their performance throughout the year. They have been on a fantastic journey, working from novice players, to some of the best in the county. We wish them all the best success with their cricket in the future.