15 Jul 2015
Batting first, Castle View reached 111 for 9 from their 20 overs, on what seemed like a difficult batting track. Elliott Campbell’s 28 had CVEA racing along at six-an-over but when he was caught the rate slowed. It was left to year 8 student Thomas Green to get the innings back on track and his 23 showed maturity beyond his years and experience. An early wicket in the Charles Thorp reply put Castle View in the driving seat, but an assured second-wicket partnership clawed the game back in the visitors’ favour to the point that they looked to be cruising to victory. Needing 17 to win from the last three overs, they were clear favourites. Despite a huge six in the penultimate over it came down to the last six balls with Adam Newton handed the responsibility of defending the five runs required to win. Thorp’s opener was duly dismissed with the first ball and Castle View’s opening bowler managed to keep his nerve; only two runs came from the final five deliveries. Newton ended with 2 for 10 off his four overs. Aaron Mitchell showed great support with only 11 runs coming from his four overs. Special mention must also go to Dylan Clark-Rich for his talismanic fielding performance.
The County Cup Final is on Thursday 10 September at Hetton Lyons Cricket Club.