Sheffield United’s junio cricketers celebrate double cup win

stocksbridge cc under-13s
stocksbridge cc under-13s

SHEFFIELD United CC’s junior section was celebrating last weekend after victory for both their U13s and U15s in the National Cup and National KO respectively.

The U13s were involved in a terrific and thrilling contest against Stocksbridge at Bracken Moor.

The hosts elected to bat first after winning the toss and despite losing two early wickets, Chris Pickford hit three boundaries in his 30* and Sam Evans added 17 as they posted a challenging 84-4 off the alotted 20 overs.

Lewis Szanto took 2-18 for United.

The visitors started confidently and had reached 25 without loss from five overs.

Stocksbridge fought back with wickets for Chris Pickford, Sam Evans and Brandon Shaw, who dismissed Nathan Snookes for a well-made 23.

Sam Woodcock appeared to have shifted the game in United’s favour with a blistering knock of 33*, which contained two boundaries and three huge sixes.

But once he retired Stocksbridge again came back in to the contest; Chris Pickford completing a fine game with 3-8 from his four overs as United slipped from 76-2 to 80-6 with overs running out and wobbling significantly.

Szanto, however, struck the decisive blow in the penultimate over, hammering a boundary over extra cover to seal victory by 4 wickets with eight balls remaining.

The U15s, meanwhile, defied the weather to overcome Eckington by 13 runs at Bawtry Road.

United deciced to have first use of the wicket after winning the toss and captain Matthew Smales took full advantage.

His knock of 52*, with six boundaries and a six underpinned their total of 108-2 and he was given solid support by opening partner Daniel McLean who added 22.

Eckington got off to a great start in pursuit of victory with Alex West and Spencer Hunt combining excellently.

Hunt made 26 before he was bowled by Jack Roberts but West stayed to compile a fine unbeaten half-century.

However following his retirement Sam Woodcock took two vital wickets to stem the flow of runs and see the home side to victory.

Both teams now progress to the national rounds of the competitions.