BARNT GREEN’s under-15s became the first side from Worcestershire to win the ECB National Championships after running out comfortable 107-run winners over St Cross Symondians.
Green, who claimed the county and regional titles to secure their place at the nationals, came out on top in the national tournament after winning 11 consecutive games.
After the draw was made at Rugby School, Green faced Yorkshire-based Hallam in the semi-final and claimed a 52-run victory over their opponents.
George Homer top scored in Green’s total of 121-9 from 20 overs before the bowling of Sam Johnstone (2-13), Daniel Meredith (2-7) and Jake Johnstone (2-11) limited Hallam to 69-9 in their response.
With England’s one-day captain Eoin Morgan in attendance, Green put on a stellar performance in the final to overcome Hampshire-based Symondians.
Taking place on a very good batting surface, skipper Jacques Banton had no hesitation in batting first after winning the toss before Green went on to reach an imposing target of 219-2 – there best ever batting performance of the season.
Banton (43), Harry Thompson (52), Peter Hawk (50) and James Moody (44 no) contributed to the tally.
In response, Symondians failed to build consistent partnerships as they were bowled out for just 112 in the final over.
Harry Trussler (37) top scored for Symondians while Hayden Frogatt (2-26), Meredith (2-16) and Jake Johnstone (2-20) got a share of the wickets to secure victory for Green.
The competition started with 1,600 teams and the only undefeated team left was the side from Worcestershire.
The boys were presented with their winners medals and the trophy by Morgan which capped off a day which will be remembered for a long time.