U13 league proves a hit

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The league was set up to bring in young players who do not get the opportunity, or play any hardball cricket, at their schools.

The NatWest Weekend League clubs have adopted a school and many of the youngsters who took part on Friday have received coaching over the winter and spring.

The most exciting match was on pitch one where Tom Hooper of Romerils/Le Rocquier Rascals claimed a hat-trick in the last over to secure the victory over St Ouen/Les Quennevais Stormers.

The Rascals had batted first and accumulated 141 for 5 from their 18 overs.

Liam Spencer hit two 6s in his knock of 17 while Jack Neville (19 not out, three 4s) and Jake Michel (16 not out, four 4s) were also among the runs.

Chris Morrin’s 16 runs all came in boundaries in the Stormers reply and the westerners required ten runs off the last over for victory.

However, Hooper had other ideas and conceded only one run as he claimed a hat-trick to leave his side victors by eight runs.

On pitch two Caesareans/ De La Salle rattled up 144, with Chris Bellot and Sam Crabtree both retiring after hitting 27.

Martin Perkins and Michael Renouf took a wicket apiece for Old Victorians.

The latter scored 146 in reply despite some good bowling from Crabtree who took two wickets.

Renouf hit a 6 and three boundaries in his unbeaten 24 and he was supported by Kenyon (14).

Grainville School batted first against SCF/Haute Vallée on pitch three and scored 186 thanks to an aggressive 53 from Tim Corson that included two 6s and nine 4s.

Daniel Tostevin took two wickets for SCF who reached 110 in their reply, Josh Crabtree top-scoring with 22.

Ben Green took two wickets for five runs for Grainville.

Jersey Cricket Board Director of Cricket Chris Minty said: ‘The first evening was a great success.

‘It was very pleasing to see a good number of club cricketers involved with umpiring, scoring and assisting their teams and a good turn out from parents and families watching their children enjoy playing cricket.

‘Well done to all the clubs and Grainville School for their efforts and thanks again to Lord’s Taverners for supporting this initiative and it was good to see committee member John Taylor enjoying the cricket at the FB Fields on Friday as well.’

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