TABS U13’s Nidderdale Team finished their season being crowned as
league champions following a nail biting final at Studley Royal.
Following their demolition of current league champs Harrogate A in the playoff semi final (this seasons mission accomplished) TABS entered in to the final confident but still respectful of their opposition Studley Royal.
The day didn’t start off too well with one player failing to show but luckily Harneeka Duggal was ready to step up to the plate and play.
Losing the toss TABS were asked to bat first on a slow green pitch. Tight bowling from Studley and early wickets saw TABS at 34 for 3 after the first 10 overs.
A good partnership between Will C and Dane saw the score start to move along nicely until Dane ran himself out trying to take a quick single.
A flourish at the end by Ollie C saw TABS finish on 100 for 5 after their 20 overs.
A perfect start which saw Jimmy bowling the Studley opener with the very first ball of the innings was not backed up and some poor bowling saw Studley race to 44 after 5 overs.
A change of pace was needed and this saw the spin twins of Giaan and Ollie C working their magic. Some quick work behind the stumps by Dane with the gloves saw the main Studley batsman being stumped for 28 of the bowling of Giaan.
Wickets fell a regular intervals with Giaan and Ollie both taking 3 each but the Studley score was edging ever closer to the target of 101.
This saw the return of Jimmy who bowled a much tighter spell and some fantastic backing up by Harneeka saw a certain 4 overthrows being prevented which would have taken Studley to their target. (The no show was a blessing in disguise!).
Entering into the 18th over saw Studley needing 3 to win an TABS needing two wickets. A single followed by a wicket followed by another single saw the scores level and Studley 9 down. A fantastic catch by George at square leg saw Studley all out for 100…TABS win….? Not just yet.
A check of the league rules saw there was no rule for a tie and following consultation between the league chairman and the TABS coach the fairest way forward was to have a bowl off.
Needless to say we won the bowl off easily with Ollie C hitting the wicket to ensure TABS were quite rightly crowned as League Champions for 2017.
Thanks go to Jess for scoring as always and the support of the parents for yet another fantastic season.