U15s beat CSNI to win Premier League title

These two teams have served up some cracking matches over the years and this was another memorable encounter.


             CSNI won the toss and surprisingly asked Inst to have a bat. George Palmer and Ben Oberholzer started cautiously however into the 4th over, both started finding gaps and brought some fluency to the proceedings. The scoreboard was ticking along nicely and at 65 without loss after, 150 looked on as George was looking in great nick. However the breakthrough came when Ben offered a routine caught and bowled, having been well set. Tom Crothers entered the fray while George continued to time the ball beautifully before retiring on 54, having hit his third maximum. A quality innings in a big game. Ben McCausland didn’t trouble the scorers, but Tom backed himself and took the bowlers on, taking 18 from Adam Leckey’s first over. George and Tom attacked Harry Dyer but Harry’s quicker one accounted for Tom on the slog-sweep in the 17th with 121 on the board. Momentum slowed as the new batsmen tried to force the pace. To CSNI’s credit, they bowled an excellent last 4 overs to restrict the score to 133-6.

            In reply, the opening pair of Lorcan Donnelly and George Craigan started well and Lorcan claimed the important wicket of Ryan Hunter in his second over. George got in on the act too as he clean bowled Finn Lutton. 25 for 2 after 5 overs and it was “game on”. George claimed the wicket of Adam Leckey in his final over, so with 8 overs gone, CSNI were 42 for 3. The drizzle came and Daniel Henry struggled for grip amidst the deteriorating light. Fortunately the cloud cover blew over. Tom bowled a couple of tight overs and introduced the “pace-off” option of Michael Hollway. A couple of loose deliveries to James West were dispatched however Michael gained revenge when James popped one up to mid-wicket. So after 13 overs, the score was 82 for 4 and Harry Dyer held the key for the CSNI reply. Will Park bowled Harshit Kokate to reduce CSNI to 85 for 5 after 13.2 overs. Nerves were jangling on both sides as Harry Dyer took to the offensive. The score progressed to 97 for 5 after 15 overs. 37 runs to wins from 5 overs. CSNI took 12 from Michael Hollway’s final over to bring the score to 114 with 3 left. 20 runs required for victory with Harry still at the crease.

             First ball of the 18th, Tom’s slower ball took Harry’s middle stump to the huge relief of players coaches and supporters. Two singles later, he clean bowled Ollie Dyer and with 2 overs remaining, CSNI were 118-8. 16 to win. A superb Max Willmott penultimate over, in which he only conceded 5 runs meant that CSNI required 11 from the last. A tight over from Tom closed the game out with Instonians winning by 5 runs.

            Another great game between these two sides and a great finish to the season, avenging cup defeat when we were missing 3 players.

            Congratulations to the boys!

Instonians 133-6 (B Oberholzer 19, G Palmer 54 rtd, T Crothers 34, H Dyer 3-38, A Leckey 2-35)

CSNI 128-9 (A Leckey 21, H Dyer 32, J West 25, G Craigan 2-20, T Crothers 2-16, W Park 2-10)