Old Albanian U15s win county title

Old Albanian U15s: Back row: Paul Wilkinson (assistant coach), Will Davis, Asad Shah, Kai Chan, Noah

Old Albanian U15s: Back row: Paul Wilkinson (assistant coach), Will Davis, Asad Shah, Kai Chan, Noah Charsley Smith, Dominic Young, Jack Ridings, Rod Warren (coach) Front row: Henry Farr, Brendan Warren (captain), Ross Weaver, Ali Hassan, Freddie Wilkinson (wicketkeeper) - Credit: Archant

Old Albanian Cricket Club U15s have won the County Summer League with a 34-run success against Bishop’s Stortford at Broxbourne.

Having won the toss, OAs opted to bat, a decision which seemed to be a mistake as they were left reeling on 9-4 in the fifth over.

But they began to rebuild their innings and recovered to 67-5 after 12 overs.

Confidence returned to OAs batting with notable innings from Dominic Young, Asad Shah, Freddie Wilkinson and Ali Hassan who cleared the ropes a couple of times.

By the end of their 20 overs Albanians had reached 137-7.

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Bishop’s Stortford’s reply was solid as they reached 34 without loss after six overs and kept the pressure up by moving the score on to 83-2 after 11 overs.

But with two Stortford batsmen retiring having reached their 25 runs, the run rate soon slowed and more wickets fell as the run chase ensued.

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Accurate bowling from Brendan Warren, Jack Ridings, Henry Farr and Will Davis tightened the noose and eventually they finished on 103-7 in the 16th over with Kai Chan taking the winning catch for Old Albanians.

Ross Weaver and Noah Charsley Smith, who were the main contributors in the winning semi-final earlier in the week, made up the 11 players for the final.

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