Finals day started with the semi final v Northern. After winning the toss and electing to bat we lost the early wicket of Sam Hepke for 1. Cheung with a quick fire 26, then helped push the total up but we lost wickets regularly. Ed Brown continued his good form with a fine knock of 55 not out including 5 fours and 2 sixes leading us to an imposing total of 161-8.
The Northern inning started well for the blue and gold with both openers dismissed early, leaving the opposition 23-3. Northern tried to fight back but Ormskirk's bowling was too strong, restricting Northern to 112-7 of the 20 overs. scorecard
New Brighton won the toss and elected to bat. Colin Inkson struck early with the key wicket of Watkins (caught by R.Jones).
New Brighton started to build a healthy total but Nathan Hepke and Ed Brown then took 2 wickets each. Sam Hepke displayed superb catching in the deep with keeper George Politis behind the stumps leaving them 85-5.
Hannah Mansell was on a hat trick but the hat trick ball ended in a wide! Her figures were 4 overs 2-21. It was really good to have Hannah back after 6 weeks out with a broken collar bone.
Ed Brown finished with figures of 4 overs 3-28 .
The Ormskirk inning started well with a opening stand of 71 between R Jones (20) and Sam Hepke (42). Sam was eventually dismissed for 44 - a great knock in a tough situation.
As the pressure grew, Nathan Hepke looked the most composed man in the ground and looked to be pushing Ormskirk over the line. He was eventually bowled for 20 leaving 6 off 11 to win.
Que the madness:
Young nicky rout enter the fire pit,
Leaving us with 5 from the last over - Rout was caught at point
Hannah mansell in
Leaving 5 to win from 3
Joe entered , single first ball
Captain budgen on strike
Front foot no ball, and 2 from the free hit
Leaving 1 run needed for bring the scores level and 2 to win
Ball straight though to the keeper and a case of just run! Scores level 136 -136!
The game would be decided on most runs in the power play. New Brighton 36 off 6, Ormskirk 43 off 6.
A great day all round for a young 3rd 11 and a game we won't forget in a hurry.
It is the first time the 3rds have won the Embree trophy and it's great that we can add that to the Mike Leddy trophy, which was won last weekend
Congratulations to all involved from the first round to the last, thank you to the parents for travelling to support and to New Brighton for hosting such a great day.