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The Eton U17 cricket side made it through to the national cup final on Thursday 9 September.

Eton played Bromsgrove in the final which was held at the wonderful Brockington pitch at Loughborough University. Both teams had played a number of rounds in the summer half and also completed the quarter-finals and semi-finals in the holidays before the Michaelmas half even began.

Bromsgrove scored 193-8 in their 35 overs. The Eton bowling attack worked hard as a unit with George Weldon (IRS) changing the game with a wonderful spell of bowling which saw the opposition score much lower than it might have been after an early assault by their opening batman, Fellows, who made an impressive 93. Weldon’s figures were 3-28. Will Steel (3 wickets) (AGDF) and Finn Catherwood (2 wickets) (JCAJ) were the other wicket takers with Jack Aylmer bowling an important tidy seven over spell for 29.

Eton’s reply started brightly with Henry Buxton (HJRM) playing with intent but both openers were out with the score on 42. Important half century partnerships were then created with Charlie Whipple(HWTA) playing majestically for 68,  batting first with George Coomber (PGW) (16 runs) and then Will Hope (PEPW) (32 runs). The game began to get very tight as a run a ball was required and plenty of run out chances and pinched singles were made – Ned Howard-Vyse scored 15 valuable runs until ultimately six was needed with one wicket in hand.

Finn Catherwood batting at 11 played his role and Henry Daly hit a four off the penultimate ball to claim a well fought victory.

Praise must go to the Bromsgrove boys for a great performance and on another occasion they would have run out winners.

Our U17 side won the Lord’s Taverners U15 and now the U17 award which is some achievement although the hard work begins now moving into the senior end of the school an the XI next summer.  Special thanks to TEB/RGWC/RRM/TWR and CMBW for all their help in coaching and guiding the boys throughout their journey thus far.

It was a thrilling match to watch and it was great to see this U17 team come through in such tense conditions. They certainly seem to know how to win!

RRM/TWR

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