HATHERLEY & Reddings overcame Cricklade by 68 runs to win the inaugural North Gloucestershire U11 100 Cup final at Cam.
A total of 13 teams entered this new event which was put in place to provide much needed knock out cup action for teams at this age level in the Cotswolds, Cheltenham & Gloucester and Stroud areas.
And to add an extra layer of interest, the decision was taken to depart from regulation 20-overs per side rules and instead play rules that mirror the new 100 competition currently taking the country by storm!
Hatherley, who lost the toss in the final, reached 119-6 from their 100 balls. Top scorer was Jacob Bennett (27 retired, off 19) while openers Sam Beardsmore (23 not, off 27) and captain Archie Jackson (22 off 29) also played important innings.
Joel Barton took 2-16 from 20 balls (10 dots) for Cricklade while George Winfield’s 20 balls cost only 15 runs and Anthony Chipumwa sent down 10 balls for just 12 runs.
In reply, Cricklade were bowled out for 51, Fraser Lloyd and Anthony both hitting 17 as Archie took control with the ball, finishing with fine figures of 5-13 from 20 balls.
Competition organiser Pete Boorman said: “We’re really pleased with the way things went.
“The matches are obviously slightly shorter and that works well with evening games when light can be a factor.
“And everyone also enjoyed the different dynamic that was brought by playing to 100 rules, it was a great chance to get youngsters hooked on the new game.”
It is hoped that teams from the Leadon Vale Youth League will also take part in next year’s competition.