Frocester edge to a tense victory
FROCESTER'S Under-15s celebrated winning the Gloucestershire Youth Cricket League after a tense final against Charlton Kings.
The match went to the wire however, with Frocester beating a target of 162 with only two balls left.
Having won the toss, the hosts put Charlton Kings in to bat.
Opening batsmen Ben Ellis and Ed Cutler batted cautiously, managing to preserve all their wickets at the halfway stage, but with a score restricted to just 46 runs.
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The pair took an attacking approach soon after, and took the score to 79 before the first wicket fell, Ellis being stumped by Ben Tegg off Jack Pinker for 38. Cutler fell to the same combination for 34.
New batsmen Henry Tayler and Kai Ainsley played very positively, before Ainsley (13) fell to Jack Lightfoot, while Grant Noyce was run out by Ben Spyvee.
Taylor was eventually beaten by Henry Day for 32.
Charlton Kings hit their stride with Peter Carter and Jacob Hughes at the wicket, Carter hitting more than a run a ball.
Hughes fell to a Tegg catch as the visitors reached 162 for six after the allotted 40 overs.
Frocester set about chasing the score positively, punishing any loose balls with some exquisite shots before Ben Hopkins fell just after recording a half-century, making 57.
At 97-1 Frocester looked well on the way to a win, but the two Charlton Kings spinners Ellis and Sam Rideout were out to spoil the party, dismissing Ireland (40) and Tegg (12).
Day, Glew and Spyvee then fell in quick succession and with Frocester requiring 26 runs off six overs it looked Charlton Kings might produce a remarkable victory.
Frocester pair Pinker and Jack Gillett were tasked with reaching the golden 163 figure against an organised bowling attack.
Fortunately for the hosts, Gillett stepped up to the mark, scoring 22 off just 25 balls and ensuring a Frocester win.
The win completed a superb season for the SDCA T20 Under-15 champions and ECB T20 County champions.