PRIESTLANDS U13 boys have won the Hampshire Schools Cup after a convincing victory over Odiham’s Robert Mays School.
Priestlands won the toss and chose to bat as they were confident in setting a big target. Alex Condon and Oliver Sharp opened the batting in first innings, and they got into trouble after a batting collapse at the start of the innings and at one stage slumping to 22-3.
However, Oliver Sharp played a captain’s innings, leading by example to steady the ship and retired on 35. Wicketkeeper-batsmen Theo Mitchell Innes came to the crease at six and made a quick-fire 18 after a boundary fest, scoring three fours and one huge six over the long on boundary. After another mini batting collapse at 98-5, Adrian Lloyd and Callan Wallis batted out the rest of the innings to reach 150 at the end of 20 overs.
Priestlands were too strong in reply and took vital early wickets to win the game. Noah Glass grabbed the key wickets of both Robert Mays’ opening batsmen with his dart-like off-spin while Connor Treacey was disciplined and made it difficult for the batsmen to score off his left-arm seam bowling.
With a couple of quick wickets from Olly Marshall (3-9), the game was soon out of reach, Robert Mays bowled out for 71 runs from 15 overs, handing the title to Priestlands.