National express to success for Bath CC's under-15s
Bath CC's under-15s produced two masterful batting displays to clinch the national club championship in fine style.
They got off to a nervous start on finals days at Kibworth CC in Leicestershire but Lucas Reeman boosted their confidence by taking 2-14 as semi-final opponents Hambledon were restricted to 135-6 from their 20 overs having been well placed at 85-1.
Max O'Leary then produced a well-paced half-century in reply before George Hankins (29no) and Janinder Morgan (22no) steered Bath home with three overs and eight wickets in hand.
That set up a final showdown against reigning champions Lindum, who were bowled out for just 101 as Hankins (3-7), Morgan (2-17) and Sam Croker (2-20) found their range.
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That total was passed in 13.2 overs as O'Leary (39no) and Hankins (10no) followed up a blistering 50 from Gloucestershire youth player Patrick Grieshaber.
His winner's medal will sit proudly alongside a growing number of honours that includes the wicketkeeper of the tournament prize from last month's prestigious ESCA Bunbury Festival.
Grieshaber, who began his career with Marshfield, was also picked out as one to watch by tournament organiser David English and was pictured on Sky Sports' Cricket AM show following his performances for the South & West.
"The standard of cricket was amazing and to play alongside some of the best young cricketers in the country was fantastic," said Grieshaber after the festival.
"It was also a good week off the field. We had a good laugh and the festival organiser, David English, was an absolute legend."
Since the festival's inception, 59 former participants have gone on to represent England at senior level. The latest – Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow – dropped in on this year's tournament to hand out caps.
And despite setting his sights on shorter term success, Grieshaber also has the coveted Three Lions in his sights.
"I just want to keep working hard and improving but my aim is to get into the England development programme," he added.
Bath under-15s would like to thank Ford Fuel Oils and Bath Life Magazine for sponsoring them during the finals day.
They were hoping to add the Bath & District Youth League cup trophy to their haul on Monday but finals day was washed out for the first time in ten years.
An alternative date is now being found for their match against Brislington, plus the under-11s tie between Trowbridge and Keynsham, and the under-13s final between Keynsham and Biddestone.