Hook defeat Whitland in Junior League Under 15 Final

Hook Under 15s

 Hook 108-2 beat Whitland 104-6-6 by 8 wickets

This year’s final was between the top two sides, from the North and South Zones with the Final being a closely contested affair but was eventually settled in the 19th over. 

Hook beat Narberth in the one semi-final and Whitland beat Neyland in the other.
Owen Phelps Captain of Hook won the toss and asked his counterpart Harri Jones from Whitland to bat.

 Joe Phillips (1-8) made a good start for Hook bowling Harri of his 3rd ball. This brought Jacob Owen to the crease to join his brother Luc.

The pair built up the score gradually despite the best efforts of Lucas Davies, Harry Makepeace and lewis Miller. The brothers took the score to 50 off 10 overs with some fine shots around the ground.

The introduction of Dom Asson (2-17) proved crucial removing the dangerous Luc Owen (25) and then Jay Morris shortly after. Jacob Owen retired on (35 4x4) and with 6 overs to go all the Whitland batsmen put bat to ball with Oli Bujega (9) being bowled by the returning Lucas Davies (1-14).

Umpires Allan Hansen and Ian  MilsomAn excellent throw by Harry Makepeace saw Corey Lewis run out and a quick bit of thinking by Seth Willington whipping the stump up with ball in hand as the bails were dislodged saw the Whitland Innings finish on 104-6 in their 20 overs.
 Opinion was divided at this stage and it was important for Whitland to get off to a strong start. Luc Owen provided this by having Lewis Miller adjudged LBW off his 2nd ball.

This brought Joe Phillips to the crease to join Captain Aled Phelps and the game followed a similar pattern as both built their innings with some fine defence and attacking strokes despite the best efforts of Corey Lewis, Harri Jones, Jacob Owen and Charlie Bujega.   After 10 overs the scores were fairly level with Hook on 51.

It was at this stage with the two experienced batsmen well set, they accelerated before both retired on 35 Owen (5x4) and Joe (4x4). With New Batsmen Seth Willigton and Lucas Davies (8*) at the crease and with some tight overs by the Whitland bowlers the game progressed to the later stages. However, Seth with some fine shots and good running by Lucas swung the game Hooks way.  

Seth (16) was eventually out to a superb catch in the deep by Jacob Owen of his brother Luc (2-25) with Harry Makepeace hitting a 4 in the 19th over to seal the victory.

The game was an excellent example of how cricket should be played in a competitive manner but in the correct spirit. Both teams showed off their cricket skills to the large crowd that gathered at St Ishmaels.
In the presentation after the match, Martin Jones (Junior Organiser) congratulated both sides on reaching the Final with some excellent play by both.  Coaches Jamie Phelps and Mark Lee also deserve great praise for their efforts. 

He also thanked St Ishmaels for hosting the final, including Mel Williams and Chris Bradshaw, the groundsman and after the game, Wendy Bradshaw and Pat Williams as normal provided excellent refreshments for the players.
He Thanked Umpires Allan Hansen and Ian Milsom and the Scorers Jon Willington and Mark Lee who all contributed to the evening’s entertainment.

Scorers Mark Lee and Jon  WillingtonLast and by no means least Martin thanked Sponsors Colin John Llewelyn Davies & Co Chartered Accountants for his continued and valuable support of Junior Cricket in the County.  It was also great to see Paul Webb County Chairman and his wife Janice in attendance; great supporters of Junior Cricket and Paul was thanked for all his hard work as his three-year term of Chairman comes to an end.

 The Marvellous Winning Trophy,45 years old donated by the family of the Late Stan Richards and John Bowen looked a picture. It was great to see the families represented by Georgina Morgan daughter of John whose Grandson Ollie Rees presented the winning trophy. Unfortunately, Johns other son Kevin Bowen could not make it on this occasion. Tom Richards (son of Stan) and his wife Mel presenting the winners with their medals.
Hook: Owen Phelps (Captain), Joe Phillips, Seth Willington, Harry Makepeace, Lucas Davies, Lewis Miller, Nial Griffiths, Dom Asson, Jake Thomas, Charlie Wilson, Liam Miller, Jack Phillips and James Price.
 Whitland: Harri Jones (Captain), Jacob Owen, Luc Owen, Jay Morris, Oli Bujega, Charlie Bujega, Dan Howells, Jai Hogben, Corey Lewis, Paul Elvy, Ethan Ryan, Rhys Jones, Harry Fuller and Aled John.

Whitland Under 15s