Zipleague End of Season Report 2014

Zipleague End of Season Report 2014

Zipleague end of season report March 2014

 

(Scroll to the bottom for a link to both tables for 2014)

 

An increase in entries for the third season of the zipleague youth indoor cricket competition required a change of format as the ten teams were placed into two groups, playing each other once, with the top two progressing to the super fours.

 

Gt.Melton were the current title holders of this six a side twelve over format and were looking for a hat trick of wins in the tournament hosted at Hethersett Old Hall School.

 

In group A, seeded teams Gt.Melton and Topcroft were little troubled in the initial skirmishes as they advanced to the second round, losing only one of their four games; Topcroft to Melton in their final fixture when their progress was already assured and Melton, more surprisingly, to Saxlingham who in a tense and exciting contest ran out winners by 3 runs, reflecting a particularly good performance by this small club, missing out on qualification themselves by only a whisker.

 

For the other two teams in group A, Old Buckenham and Bungay, this was their first taste of the competition and they struggled with the format, particularly in their early encounters, but clearly both enjoyed the experience and what they have learnt will benefit them in future years should they return.

 

The situation was not as clear cut in group B where seeds Gt.Ellingham and Mulbarton found life much harder. Although they won their first games, both perished in their second as Mulbarton fell short by 5 runs to Tas Valley and Ellingham were on the end of a 24 run loss against neighbours Rocklands. Whilst this was the only game Mulbarton lost, Gt.Ellingham failed to win again finishing at the foot of the table.

 

Extraordinarily, the final games in this group meant that even with Mulbarton assured of top spot, all four other teams had a real chance of booking themselves a place in the Super 4s. Garboldisham put paid to Tas’ chances with a whopping 64 run win that moved them level on points with Rocklands, and Mulbarton finally buried any lingering hopes Ellingham retained of qualifying with a 6 run win. Although tied, Rocklands, having scored more runs than Garboldisham, joined Mulbarton in the second stage of the competition.

 

With six of the ten teams eliminated, the remaining four; Gt.Melton, Topcroft, Mulbarton & Rocklands moved to the final stage of the competition, the super 4s, with each playing once against the other three.

 

Group winners Topcroft and Mulbarton both lost their first two fixtures leaving them to play each other for third place while Melton and Rocklands met each other in the very last game to decide the destination of the 2014 trophy.

 

In the Mulbarton Topcroft match, Mulbarton batted with rather more maturity and care than usual, losing only three wickets, and posting their highest total of the tournament; 149.

 

In reply, Topcroft’s openers added nine and the second pair twenty as they approached the final four overs needing a further 21. It was only really now that the game sparked into life as Mulbarton pushed for wickets, achieving one in the tenth over and leaving 18 still to win. Suddenly there was a glimpse of the old Topcroft, a team that had won their first three games with quick running and controlled hitting, and the final two resuscitated this approach plundering 34 off the remaining seventeen balls - steering their team to a deserved 17 run win.

 

In the final game of the competition it was winner takes all as Rocklands got off to a rather sluggish and nervy start and it was only their third pair, batting faultlessly who propelled the score forward thirty runs before a wicket off the very last ball took some gloss off their efforts as they ended on 127.

 

Rocklands looked worthy contenders for the title as they collected three wickets off Melton’s first pair to give them real hope. The second duo inched their way forwards helped by a rather over generous portion of extras from Rocklands and as a result Melton’s last two needed only a further nine runs which they negotiated without alarm, dotting out the last over to win by 3 runs.

 

Both sides played well in a predictably rather edgy game but in the end it was Melton’s marginally superior bowling attack that shaded it in this tightly contested and entertaining final.

 

Congratulations to Gt.Melton on their third consecutive title and to all the other teams and spectators who helped to make this third season so successful and enjoyable. Full details of the competition can be found on the zipleague website.

 

Joe Harris

norfolkyouthcricket@yahoo.co.uk

01508 578859

Photos attached

Gt.Melton with the Derek Barnard Cup and winners’ medals

 

 

pdf ZipLeague tables 2013-2014.pdf



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