Lancashire U15s boys retain Nottingham T20 Cup
Lancashire Under 15s retained the Nottingham T20 Cup and in the process completed a hat trick of wins over the past three seasons.
The competition held over two days at Welbeck Cricket and Worksop College produced some scintillating cricket in some mixed weather conditions.
Lancashire’s group included Notts, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.
Lancashire won the toss and contained Lincolnshire to 110/6 in 20 overs. They comfortably won the game by 8 wickets with seven overs to spare.
Nottinghamshire batted first in Game 2 after being invited to bat. A total of 153/9 in 20 overs seemed a par score with Jaden Rose and Rocky Flintoff picking up 3 wickets. A century opening stand between George Harris (52) and Rocky Flintoff (64) had Lancashire coasting to victory. Cricket is never simple and some tight Notts bowling led to 8 runs required from 2 balls to tie the game. Hugo Croft duly obliged to ensure the neutral result.
Rain delayed the start of the final game against Derbyshire which was reduced to 12 overs. Derbyshire were asked to bat scoring 87/8 in 12 overs. Lancashire produced a 9 wicket victory thanks to an unbroken 75 partnership between Rocky Flintoff (45) and Charlie Parkinson (35) and resulted in Lancashire topping the group and a semi final with Durham.
A much brighter morning greeted the players on Day 2 but once again Lancashire chose to field.
Charlie Parkinson led his team from the front picking the top two Durham batters in his first over. Good control from the bowlers backed by excellent fielding restricted Durham to 102/9 in 20 overs. Charlie Parkinson and Haider Hussain each contributed 3 wickets.
The same combination of Flintoff and Parkinson added an unbroken 87 in completing a 9 wicket victory with 3 overs remaining. Rocky Flintoff (50*) and Charlie Parkinson (36*) led the batting response admirably.
A final versus Nottinghamshire was the perfect final after the tie on Day 1. Nottinghamshire dismissed Yorkshire quite easily in the other semi final.
Lancashire again carried on the successful formula of inserting the opposition by producing another complete bowling and fielding performance to dismiss Nottinghamshire for 109. All bowlers bowled excellently with Jaden Rose 3/23(4) the most successful.
The two openers George Harris (28) and Rocky Flintoff broke the back of the target in an opening partnership of 58, which saw victory with 2 overs to spare and was the fitting end to an excellent couple of days cricket.