Queniborough juniors win first-ever county crown

Matthew Evans took three wickets in one over EMN-160709-171540002

Matthew Evans took three wickets in one over EMN-160709-171540002

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Queniborough CC Under 11s were celebrating after being crowned county champions for the first time in the club’s history.

The club had home advantage for the County Under 11s Incrediball final as they took on Medbourne.

Queniborough Under 11s pose with their trophies, from left, back  George Rudkin, Taylor Cassidy, Matthew Evans, Charlie Loftus; front  Jack Stephens, Alex Ryves, Corey Taylor, Jack Tarlton-Weatherall, Rebecca Ryves EMN-160709-171555002

Queniborough Under 11s pose with their trophies, from left, back  George Rudkin, Taylor Cassidy, Matthew Evans, Charlie Loftus; front  Jack Stephens, Alex Ryves, Corey Taylor, Jack Tarlton-Weatherall, Rebecca Ryves EMN-160709-171555002

Queniborough batted first in the 16-over-a-side game in which both teams start with 200 runs and lose five runs for each wicket lost.

The batting side is divided into 4 pairs and each pair face four overs each, with unlimited lives, and then change to the next pair.

All players except the wicket-keeper must bowl and the maximum is three overs per player.

The hosts started steadily with the opening two pairs batting well against excellent bowling and fielding. The final two pairs applied extra pressure with a few quick singles and played some excellent shots as they reached a respectable 268-4 from their 16 overs.

Melbourne’s opening pair played very well to score some quick runs, but Queniborough’s bowlers got to grips with the game as the tension began to build.

The pressure started to tell and in the middle of the Medbourne innings chances were created and taken thanks to some excellent catching.

Young Matthew Evans took three wickets in an over, and as Melbourne continued to chase hard, more wickets fell.

In the end these wickets and the more accurate bowling decided the outcome. Medbourne finished a little way off with a score of 223, having lost 11 wickets, which equated to 55 runs lost compared to the 20 lost by Queniborough.

A total of 19 wides and two no balls saw Medbourne concede 42 runs, while the home side bowled only eight wides and seven no balls for a total of 30.

The game was played in an excellent spirit by both teams.