Milford Hall U13s win County Cup
Milford Hall u13s put in a superb all round performance to defeat Silverdale to win the County Cup. Having won the toss Milford Hall elected to bat first and put together an excellent score of 116 for 3. James Davis led the way with a quick fire 30 before retiring, which included 5 boundaries. This was followed up by a great partnership between Josh Hart and Josh Russell both of whom also reached 30 before retiring. The score always looked like it would be too much for Silverdale especially with Milford Hall's high quality fielding. Didi Mathukrashnan's throw led to the run out of one of the opening bats which was followed by Aaron Afford taking a good catch at mid wicket off James Davis's bowling. Afford then picked up the first of 3 wickets when Josh Wright took a superb catch off a skyer over his shoulder running backwards. Tight bowling backed up by the fielding never allowed Silverdale's batsmen the chance to get in the game and they settled for playing out the overs on 36 for 6.
As Staffordshire champions Milford Hall now travel to Leamington CC on Tuesday 24th July for the National quarter and semi finals.
Milford Hall under 11s had to settle for runners up medals in their county cup final on a damp evening at Stone. Stone batted first and reached 308 for 8 (net 268). Milford bowled and fielded well to take eight wickets including 4 run outs. Milford's reply got off to a good start with George Horobin and Zaid Soulat putting on 16 for the first pair. A couple of wickets then put Milford on the back foot before a good contribution from Dominic Afford and Hayden Campbell set up an exciting finish. The final pair of Alfred Stacey and James Moran required 23 off 4 overs and got Stone worried when they took 7 off the first over. However, it was always going to be a difficult task and Milford lost a couple of wickets to good bowling as they chased runs with Stone running out winners by 20 runs. Both sides could be proud of their efforts putting on an exciting and high quality game in difficult conditions