Cruel cut for Phili in Eppleton’s tight U15 final win

Eppleton U15s, winners of DCB Shield, 2014.
Eppleton U15s, winners of DCB Shield, 2014.
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EPPLETON Under-15s landed the Durham Cricket Board Shield – by the narrowest possible margin against Philadelphia.

Both teams scored 120 from their 20 overs, but the Church Road side took the trophy by losing fewer wickets.

Eppleton won the toss and elected to bat, posting 120-3. Philadelphia picked up the key wicket of Charlie Ord when he was dismissed for 17 from the bowling of Greg Halladay. But skipper Joe Blacklock led the way for Eppleton, hitting an unbeaten 51 from 51 balls, backed by 25 not out from Nyle Davis. Jamie Pattision picked up two wickets for Phili.

In the Phili reply, Eppleton got off to a good start when Lewis Carney was caught in the second over for 10, however Alex Davison hit an unbeaten 51, along with 25 from Halladay. Craig MacKnight added 15.

The Bunker Hill side looked like winning until Jack Ribchester was run out for 16 in the closing stages.

Phili then needed three to win off the last ball, but could only manage two as the 20 overs came to an end on 120-6.

Ord grabbed 2-16, with Nyle Davis and Jake Pratt also striking.

Burnmoor lost their Plate semi-final, going down by 33 runs to Newton Aycliffe. Aycliffe made 93-4 before bowling Moor out for 60, with A. Stephenson managing exactly half of their runs.