U14 Kent Cup

U14 Kent Cup

By Amanda Combes
1 October
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Beckenham played Bromley in the 2021 Kent Cup Final

Two runs needed off the last ball of the match. What a way to win the U14 Cup Final!
Mat Flint, Team Manager

The U14 Kent Cup campaign started in June against Chislehurst & West Kent, Blackheath, then Dulwich, leading to the Final against old rivals, Bromley CC.

After two cancellations due to poor weather, the U14 Kent Cup was finally held at Bromley CC on Sunday 26 September.

Beckenham won the toss and put Bromley in to bat. An early break through in the sixth saw Freddie take a catch off his own bowling to dispatch Bromley's opener at 6-1.

Bromley's batters added 23 in the next four overs when the second wicket fell to Kieran, Lewis taking a catch behind, with Bromley on 33-2.

Bromley's batters then began to accelerate, scoring 67 in 10 overs, before the third wicket fell off Rohan's bowling, Lewis taking another good catch with Bromley 100-3 after 20.

Beckenham kept their composure as Bromley added 15 off the next three. Jacob's catch off Rohil to take the fourth wicket left Bromley on a healthy 125-4.

Bromley took to the field with confidence, having successfully defended lower totals in earlier rounds of the Cup.

Beckenham's opening pair of Aditya and Rohan went to work, putting on 56 by the 12th over when Aditya fell on 25.

In went Greg, joined in the next over by Luke, after Rohan fell on 22 to a great catch on the boundary in the 13th. The 16th over ended with Greg (on 6), then Luke (on 7), both caught, and Beckenham at 76-4.

With new batters Jacob and Lewis at the crease, Beckenham regrouped, adding 43 runs in the next six overs when Jacob was caught on 25. Stevie joined Lewis at the crease with 2.2 overs remaining.

At the final over, Beckenham needed three to win, facing Bromley's strike bowler.

The over opened with a nail-biting two dot balls, before Stevie glided the ball down to mid off bringing Lewis on strike. Another dot ball, before Lewis was clean bowled on 10.

Cometh the hour, cometh Kieran to face the final ball of the match with Beckenham needing two to win. Taking guard, Kieran watched as the bowler raced in. A thick edge, left of point as they ran the winning runs, leaving Stevie on 3, Kieran on 2 as the team's supporters cheered loudly on the boundary!

Both teams played their part in an enthralling Cup match to end the season.

Well done to Team Manager Mat Flint, umpire and coach Emyr Roberts, the squad who took part in the Cup campaign and Aditya, Freddie, Greg, Jacob, Kieran, Lewis, Luke, Matteo, Rohan, Rohil, Stevie, and Zac who represented Beckenham with distinction in the final.

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