Horwich RMI take Lancashire U15s NCC Title
The final of the Lancashire stage of the U15s National Club Championship 2013 took place at Fleetwood Hesketh CC on Sunday 23 June.
The day consisted of 2 semi finals and the final, with the winners of the day going on to represent Lancashire in the National tournament.
Semi Final 1
Horwich RMI CC and Fulwood & Broughton CC contested the first semi final in rather damp conditions. F&B won the toss and electing to bowl, a good decision as a wicket fell in the first over! This brought Chris Brownlow to the crease and the Lancashire age group player went on to score 50 runs and then retired. U14s Lancastrian Tom Billington then took over the batting responsibilities and batted sensibly for his 26 not out. Chris Clinch was the most economical bowler for F&B with figures of 2-19 from 4.
F&B's reply got off to a good start with Higham and King putting on 30 for the first wicket, however some accurate bowling saw wickets fall at regular intervals to reduce F&B to 87 for 6 after their allotted overs. Horwich RMI won by 63 runs.
Semi Final 2
Widnes CC and Read CC contested the second semi final with Widnes winning the toss and elected to bowl. Early tight bowling from the Widnes outfit contained the Read openers and never allowed them any easy runs. As pressure mounted on the Read batters trying to get the score board going, wickets started to fall. Top scorer for Read was Kieron Grimshaw with 48. The pick of the Widnes bowling was Oscar Billington with just 15 runs coming from his 4 overs.
The Widnes reply was swift as Hewitt hit the ball to all corners with a quick fire 47 not out. Pick of the Read bowling was Noone with just 14 coming from his 4 overs. This set up a mouth watering final between Horwich RMI CC and Widnes CC.
Widnes won the toss and elected to bowl first which brought Morris and Kay to the crease. Widnes bowled tightly and were rewarded with the wicket of left hander Morris for 2. Chris Brownlow then joined Kay who put on a stand of 81 which took the score to 90, when Brownlow once again retired on 50. Kay was then joined by the ever dynamic Billington who manipulated the ball around the quickening outfield. Kay's well deserved 50 came in the 17th over with the score on 119, which left Billington to see out the innings. Horwich RMI finished with 141 leaving Widnes 142 to win.
The Widnes innings started to stutter from the start losing their first 3 batters in the first 6 overs. Mike Byrnes single handedly started the Widnes fight back but wickets started to fall as more pressure was being applied by the good Horwich bowling. Widnes eventually reached 68-8 after their 20 overs so it was Horwich RMI who were crowned U15 Lancashire Champions 2013.
Horwich RMI now go on to represent Lancashire against the Cumbria champions.
The LCB would like to thank Fleetwood Hesketh CC for providing a quality environment for the boys to play in and of course for all their hospitality throughout the day. I would especially like to thank Christine and Dave Rimmer for all their hard work, Gordon Hallsall (Groundsman), Lisa Wincer, Leigh Rimmer and Debbie Whincup. All the staff and volunteers should be really proud of what they have acheived today in making this year's Lancashire NCC U15s Finals a day for all the boys to remember.
Shaun Anders (Competitions Officer)
Final results available at: ECB U15 National Club Championship 2013.