YOUTH CRICKET: ONs and Saints claim youth cricket finals victories
Old Northamptonians enjoyed a double success in the finals of the Wilson Browne Shires Youth Cricket League.
The Billing Road club claimed the top prize in the under-14 and u12 finals staged at Overstone Park Cricket Club. But they were denied a hat-trick by old rivals Northampton Saints, who saw off the ONs in their u10s final.
Saints U10s scored 278 for five (nett 253) with Tom Litchfield and Callum Walton both scoring eight. For ONs, Jamie Dunk took two for 11 and Rishabh Upadhyay took one for eight.
ONs made a great effort in reply, but fell short on 286 for eight (246nett) despite the efforts of Luke Turner (10), Upadhyay (9) and Jemma White (9).
Pick of the Saints bowlers were Lewis Shelton (1-10), Ted Nunley (1-7) and Finley Wake (1-7). There were also two run outs wicketkeeper Max Smith.
The u12 final saw Saints, who had led the league table all season, fall short on the big day after ONs scored a big 289 for one (293 nett), with Kris Dambrauskis and Jamie Dunk both making 20.
Saints scored well in reply and made 308 for three (Robbie Auston 10no, Vansh Chopra 14no, Luca Cinquin Steel 2-12) which was also a nett score of 293, but ONs won due to losing fewer wickets.
The U14 finals were played on a round-robin basis between ONs, Horton House and Overstone Park.
First up, ONs played Horton House and scored an impressive 183 for four, with Haydn Price hitting 50 not out and Adam Malin 47. Horton were bowled out for 78, with George Hudson taking three for four and Price two for 16.
Horton were in action in the second game too, and they scored 168 all out against Park, with Ben Cross hitting 59, Sam Birch 51 and Peter Barrington 31 not out.
That proved just too many for Park, as tight bowling restricted them to 149 for none as Sam Wood hit 64 and George Lewis 38.
The final match was 12-overs-per-side and ONs raced to 120 for one against Overstone with Malin smashing 61 not out and Tom Heslop 53.
Again Overstone fell short as they made 90 for one with Wood making 51 not out. Their two wins saw ONs claim the title.