ECB CUP Champions Once More
The victorious u15 squad who won the ECB National title and Harry Seacombe Trophy at Rugby School with Yorkshire and England All Rounder David Willey.
The full squad was Matty Stephenson (cpt) Aman Ashfaque, Mohsin Bashir, Rob Butler, Toby Jones, Arya Khedekar, Freddie Geffen, Tom Geffen, Henry McMillan, Will Perceval, Harry Relph, Chan Thilakawardana and Henry Turrell. Manager Dean Skidmore. Asst Manager James Relph. Coaches Matt Teale and Duncan Selmes. Scorer Joanne Watson.
The u15 team became only the fourth side in ECB cup history to do the u13/15 double two years apart.
Having won through 9 rounds of matches, they arrived as one of 4 best teams out of more than 1500 clubs that had started the quest. All the finalists received new coloured clothing from the ECB which meant the parents were immediately called into action sewing up the hems!
Properly attired, the sides began the day under grey skies. Our morning match against Horsford from Norfolk saw Guildford score 131-4 with 50 from Matty. The Norfolk side began well but Guildford took control from the half way stage, notching up 3 run outs in 5 balls to see them home by 12 runs.
The lunch interval saw a variety of goodies on offer including Kate’s famous cup cakes. Former England Captain Mike Gatting amongst those to give his stamp of approval.
The final against Grange from Scotland was a repeat of the deciding match from the 2015 final and followed a similar pattern to the Horsford game. Guildford once more reached 131 but Grange were on level terms at the half way stage. Guildford though held their nerve and chipped away at the Grange innings – the winning margin 12 runs again!
The u13 side added the Two Counties title to their County Cup victory. They then came close to registering the treble when, having secured their West Surrey divisional title they had a comfortable 7 wicket win over Godalming in the play offs to decide the overall u13 champion. The final was a tighter affair but they fell just short of the target set by Sunbury.
The u11s saw off fellow divisional winners Weybridge by 7 wickets but must wait till Sept 17th before they face Chobham to decide the overall winners.
The u14s were unable to field a full side against Pyrford in their semi losing by 20 runs. Even more agonising was the u17 semi, they too had only 9 players against Camberley and finished just 1 run short.