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Hurstpierpoint College cricket season ends with double win
6:07pm Friday 9th August 2013 in News
A golden season of cricket at Hurstpierpoint College ended with two dramatic county title victories for the first XI and under-14A teams.
The first XI snatched the Langdale T20 Cup in a closely-fought final against Brighton College, while the under-14A team clinched the Lord’s Taverners Cup.
Just four runs were enough for the first XI to be crowned champions of the Langdale T20 Cup.
The Hurst side set a good total of 120 and Brighton were in it all the way, needing six runs from the last ball to win.
When George Garton’s final delivery was knocked away for just a single, the trophy was headed for Hurst.
All 22 players played their part in a thrilling final, but solid batting performances from Hurst’s Brad Gayler (31) and Leo Cammish (27) and the bowling of Dom Keats (3 for 17 from 4) proved the difference on the day.
Head of cricket at Hurst, Nick Creed, said: “Everyone’s contribution was crucial in this victory.
“We had cool heads with the bat, we bowled full and straight and the ground fielding was outstanding.
“It was the perfect way for some of our cricketers to end their time at the College.”
The Lord’s Taverners Cup is also in the Hurst trophy cabinet after the under-14A side defeated William Parker Sports College of Hastings by 104 runs in the final.
After losing the toss at Blackstone, home of Sussex’s Academy, Hurst were put in to bat. The Hurst innings started poorly with both openers being dismissed early.
Hurst responded through Ross Whyte and Bilal Butt who crafted a century partnership.
Some strong running and relieving boundaries consolidated the innings and made a significant contribution to the overall total of 159 after 30 overs.
Taking to field, Hurst kept the intensity levels high.
Bowlers Greg Allen and Harrison Grayston were on exceptional form and soon made headway into the top order.
All the fielders remained focused and there were even some diving catches for the spectators. With only five overs remaining, the final wicket tumbled, sending the title to Hurst.
For captain and man of the match, Ross Whyte, the victory means he will lead the side into the national Lord’s Taverners Cup next year as an under-15 team.
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