Coad Cup Finals Day Sunday 8th June 2014
Top Row: Joe Lindsay, James Hampson, Joe Sutcliffe, Tom Artindale
Bottom Row: Louis Longmuir, Oliver Ward, Lucas Robinson, Daniel Burrell.
The KCC U9 bandwagon arrived at Studley Royal at 9.30am for Cup Finals day. After heavy rain the day before the day was in doubt, but fantastic work by the guys at Studley meant that the four Quarter Finals started on time at 10am.
First up for KCC were Birstwith. Knaresborough were put in to bat on a wet one, but our opening pair of Hampson (14) and Robinson (9) started well putting on 23 for the first pair with the loss of only one wicket. Further momentum was given by the middle pairings before Ward scored 24 in the last pairing taking the score to a respectable 277, only losing two wickets in total.
KCC’s bowling started off in fantastic fashion, Hampson taking 3-8 off his 2 overs, including a great caught behind by Robinson, who also bowled well, only conceding 8 from his two overs. Sutcliffe then bowled 2-1-2-1 including wicket maiden, and with further wickets for Longmuir, Artindale and Ward, KCC ran out winners by 18 runs.
So to the Semi, and who were we playing – a local derby against Knaresborough Forest. Crowd segregation was in place, and tension was high. KCC were again asked to bat first. Openers Hampson and Robinson played well against Forest’s star Wood twins, only losing one wicket and setting the platform. Enter the Joe’s (Sutcliffe and Lindsay) hitting five boundaries between them, in a second pair stand of 25, with some great batting. Artindale and Burrell continued the great form, sharing a third pair stand of 19, with no wickets lost. KCC were on a respectable 267 after three pairs, then came the fireworks, last pair of Ward and Longmuir hitting 47 off 4 overs with no wickets lost, Ward hitting 37, 7 fours and a six. A great total of 314 was registered.
The wickets were drying so we knew we had to bowl well against a strong Forest team, Five wickets were shared between Hampson, Robinson, Lindsay, Burrell & Artindale, with some very economical bowling from U8 players Artindale and Lindsay, backed up by Sutcliffe only conceding 3 runs from his 2 overs. Despite some strong batting, KCC prevailed by 12 runs to reach the final.
In the final KCC were against hosts Studley. Studley batted first, racking up a great total of 306, despite wickets for Hampson, Robinson & Artindale. In response KCC were never up with the rate and ending up losing the final, despite a battling 15 from Sutcliffe. Studley were a good team, and worthy winners of the COAD cup. The boys received their runners up trophies from Yorkshire Squad member Ben Coad.
The boys performed very well to reach the final, they batted, bowled and fielded fantastically, and the Semi final performance will live long in the memory. In addition their attitude and team ethic were excellent, and an example to other teams. Thank you to all supporters and in particular scorers mssrs Sutcliffe and Arters.