2018 U16 League Winners - Plympton<br>credit: J D Goulder

Plympton U16 v Plymstock/Plymouth U16 24 Jul 18

After a last minute change of venue to Dean Cross due to travelers taking up camp at Harewood, Plympton traveled to Plymstock for their final match of the season, which had turned out to be a must win game if they wanted to win the inaugural U16 league title.

Plymstock Captain Tom Mitch won the toss and put Plympton into bat first.

Elliot Hamilton and Oliver Goulder opened the batting and set about the Plymstock attack. Goulder applied the pressure initially making 19 before falling for a low ball from Tom Baker and playing onto his wicket.

Privett came out to the middle and took up where Goulder left off, immediately attacking whilst Hamilton took a more measured approach and slowly built up his total. After facing 17 balls and making 23 Tom Mitch forced Privett into making an error and he was caught by Alex Cottam.

This brought Jonty Walliker to the crease, he and Hamilton forced the score on with Hamilton shortly retiring on 50.  With Walliker happy to hit the ball all over the park, Plymstock bowler Elliot Collins started to have some joy with the other batsman and took 3 quick wickets, narroly missing out on a Hatrick to finish on figures of 3-12.

With Walliker having retired on 50, Oliver Salt and Isaac Rowsell kept pushing the score on, both quickly achieving double figures allowing Plympton to finish on 207-5.

After a quick interval Alistair Bond and Tom Mitch took to the square ready to fight back but facing a big run chase if they were to have any chance of preventing Plympton from taking the title.

With the sun hiding behind a large cloud, the temperature quickly dropped at Dean Cross, but the action on the field did not let up.

Bond and Mitch looked like they were up for the fight, but despite some good stroke play could not find the boundaries they desperately needed to push the score on.  Bond was then clean bowled by Walliker for 0.  Cottam joined Mitch and they managed to push the score onto 24 before Walliker struck again this time taking the vital wicket of Mitch for 17 runs.

Unfortunately this then led to a collapse by the home side, with Tom Baker being the only one to put up any real resistance and managing to find a gutsy 10 runs.  Not quite managing to see out their overs, Plymstock finished on 57 all out, meaning Plympton won by 150 runs.  Walliker finished with figures of 2-8 and Oliver Salt an impressive 2-3 off 2 overs.

Plymstock did not led their heads drop throughout the match, which was played in great spirits.

Plympton ended up as the 2018 U16 League champions and were presented with their trophies by league chairman Malcolm Orchard at the end of the game marking the end to a short but busy season!