Wisbech beat King’s School in the first match, with Long Road vs King’s School providing an exciting follow-up.
Long Road batted first, posting a forceful 125-5 (Jennings 46no, George 40), and then keeping Kings School to 103-9 (Arksey 3-17, Walsingham 2-30). The win was particularly satisfying for all Long Road players, but especially Captain Arksey and Vice Captain Walsingham, correcting a previous Solway Cup defeat this season.
This set up the final match as a decider between hosts Wisbech and Long Road. With failing light anticipated, it was agreed with the competition officials that the match format would be reduced to 15 overs per side. Wisbech batted first, but Long Road worked hard to contain them with excellent bowling, fielding and catching. Wisbech posted 99-7 (Jennings 3-19, Bryant 3-25), leaving Long Road 100 to win. Long Road took charge early, quickly establishing a run rate of 6.5 per over by taking a sensible but aggressive level of risk.
In the end, Long Road accelerated against an increasingly frustrated Wisbech side, and reached their target with 3.5 overs remaining. The final tally saw Long Road reach 103-4 (Jennings 27, Marsh 21), with an impressive run rate of 9 per over.
Coach, Nigel Ballard, said, “I have been confident that our side could be really competitive this season if we avoided giving away cheap runs, applied ourselves with consistency in the field and batted without hesitation. Against excellent cricket teams like Wisbech Grammar School and Kings School, Ely with their superb onsite facilities, feeder age groups and dedicated coaches, it was truly a magnificent result to come away as winners. Every student representing Long Road should be both proud of their efforts and feel a true sense of achievement. Each player contributed well, but overall Man of the Match has to go to Elliot Jennings for top-scoring in both games and bowling well in the final.”
Allen Mendonca (17), Will Lander (WK) (17), Matt Marsh (17), Alistair Staward (18) Josh Arksey (18)(Captain), Cameron Scarr (17) Andrew George (17)
Luke Ennew (17) Elliot Jennings (17) Hugh Bryant (17) Tom Walsingham (Vice Captain)(18)