Abbotskerswell prove a Bridge too Far
Mitchell & Adams star as Abbots successfully defend the Brockman Cup
(REPORT) ABBOTSKERSWELL v STOKEINTEIGNHEAD : BROCKMAN CUP FINAL 2016
Captain Charlie Mitchell and Devon U15 bowler Elliot Adams starred for Abbotskerswell as they brushed aside Stokeinteignhead with ease to successfully defend their Brockman crown.
On a green pitch, Stoke Captain Mark Russell won the toss and surprisingly decided to bat first.
It started off badly for Stokeinteignhead as they lost opener Chris Prestt for a duck in the first over, bowled by young leg spinner Charlie Smout-Cooper. Danny Britcliffe then joined Paul Russell at the crease, both batsman developed a small partnership before Paul Russell was caught behind off Adams in which it was his first ball of his spell which turned out to earn him the Man of the Match. Mike Lang then joined Danny Britcliffe of whom put on a match winning partnership in the Semi Final vs South Devon became Adams's second victim, missing a straight one and getting his Offstump knocked back. In the same over he then removed dangerman Britcliffe for 22 and Stoke where then in trouble at 35 for 4. Then the players got taken off due to a heavy shower which only last 10 minutes. Once the Umpires and Players were back out, new batsmen Andrew Thornton-Clarke and Chris Parish tried to restore calm to the Stoke Innings with some good running between the wickets and Thornton-Clarke hitting a couple of nice boundaries. In the end one shot too many proved Thornton-Clarke's downfall and was cleaned bowled by Adams. Next over Adams was involved again to catch Parish off young Offspinner Eddie Smout-Cooper and now Stoke were once again up against it at 56 for 6 in the 11th Over. Next over Adams got his fifer by clean bowling Stoke skipper Mark Russell leaving the score now at 58 for 7. It all looked doom and gloom for Stoke, 3 wickets left, 8 overs remaining but then in step Tom Wills and Roger Putman who between them with some elegant strokes and some lose fielding together put Stoke to within 100 after it was looking ominous 6 overs prior. Putman in the end got caught by James McMurray off the bowling of Ricardo Small-Boyce for 16. Unfortunately for Stoke no one was able keep Tom Wills company in the middle and both Chris Saunders and Jamie Clinkett fell in consecutive balls to young bowler Johnny Joseph. Stoke were all out for 97 off 18.4 overs.
To Abbots Innings who needed 98 runs to win off 120 balls. Openers (Father) Paul Mitchell and (Son) Charlie Mitchell (Skipper) got off to a decent start, hitting one over of Tom Wills for 18 which included a waist high No Ball. It didn't take till the 5th over for Wills to get the breakthrough, Paul Mitchell offering a simple catch to Mark Russell. Stoke had belief, and looked to believe even more when Mark Russell had Ricardo Small-Boyce caught behind, brilliant one handed grab by Andrew Thornton-Clarke. Abbots were now 40 for 2. After Wills had bowled out, Mark Russell decided to turn to Chris Saunders. Unfortunately Charlie Mitchell took a liking to Saunders and hit 17 runs off his one over. This then gave Abbots the momentum back and soon Charlie Mitchell was finding the middle of the bat, both he and partner Aiden Lightowlers started to score freely, hitting 10 off one Mark Russell over, then hitting 14 off one Chris Parish and then Abbots were now basically over the finish line with the score 91 for 2 in the 11th over. It just took both batsman 5 balls off Jamie Clinkett's over to wrap up the victory in style and made sure the Brockman Cup was heading back to the South Hams.
Thanks to all at Torquay Cricket Club for hosting a great final. So for Stokeinteignhead, hopefully they will back again to have another go next year, sadly not the result but all the team can be proud of what they achieved. Onwards and Upwards for the rest of the season and thanks to all who have taken part since the First Round
By Jamie Clinkett