O’Neill heroics drive Egerton Park U15s to victory at Syston

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Egerton Park’s under 15s visited Syston last week where O’Neill’s magic performance turned the game for the visitors.

He came out to bat with only a few runs on the board and two wickets down, but smacked three sixes and eight fours in an innings of 53 before retiring, running just three.

With able support from Barber (18), Garnett and Woods, Egerton Park finished on 106-6.

O’Neill then opened the bowling with Barber, who with some excellent swing bowling finished with 2 for 10 off four overs.

Simons was introduced and removed two batsmen in four overs at a cost of only 13 runs.

Syston lost regular wickets and were always behind the run rate, but still close enough to make a late charge.

At the start of the 17th over the hosts had 75-7 when O’Neill returned for his third over. His first ball went for four leg byes, but the third was a leg stump yorker of the highest quality and speed and the final two balls both removed the off stump to complete the victory with bowling figures of 3 for 5.

It capped a wonderful all-round performance for the youngster following two catches and a run-out with a direct hit.

* Egerton Park’s under 13s lost their first match at Thrumpton.

After they were asked to bat, the Park openers built a solid platform through Woods (17) and Barber who retired on 25. Pedlar then came in and scored an unbeaten 22.

Thrumpton bowled tightly, but the visitors did well to keep wickets in hand, and a late flurry by Rodenby took them up to 110-2.

The home side’s experienced top order got into Egerton’s opening bowlers and were soon ahead of the run rate.

The introduction of Hughes and Barber slowed the run rate and wickets started to fall.

Woods had both sides applauding with two catches, the first diving at full stretch to take the ball behind the square leg umpire.

But Thrumpton continued to find the boundaries which Egerton had missed.

Even tight bowling from Pedlar late on couldn’t stop the inevitable as the hosts punched a four to signal victory in the 18th over.