EXETER'S under-13 boys’ team will be aiming to complete a national double at the Vitality Blast ECB finals day.
For the club’s under-13 Girls beat them to it in the national final stakes when the defeated South Northumberland to win the Lady Taverners ECB national cup a few days ago.
Exeter travel to Rugby School on Tuesday for a festival finals day featuring the four regional qualifiers.
The city side defeated Dumbleton from Gloucestershire in a last-over finish to book their place in the finals. Exeter needed four from the last over and Zac Vukusic saw them over the line.
The other semi-finalists are West Bridgfordians (Notts), Indian Gymkhana (Middlesex) and Hinkley Town (Leicestershire). The semi-final draw is made the night before the finals.
Exeter’s path to finals day started with wins over Heathcoat and Bovey Tracey to win the county final. South Wiltshire were beaten by five wickets in the area final, which led to the regional qualifier against Dumbleton.
Mark Gribble, one of the team’s handlers, said players were going to great lengths to ensure they played in the final.
“Harry Sharpe, the captain, is flying back from a holiday in the USA the same day and hopes to get to rugby for the game,” said Gribble.
“Fin Hill was due to compete in a Frisbee tournament somewhere in Scandinavia, but has put that off so that he can play.
“My lad Ollie and Zac Vukisic are with Devon at the ESCA Festival in Taunton, but are taking a day off to travel up with us to rugby.”
Exeter will be wearing kit personalised with squad members’ names at the festival – a gift from the ECB.
One player who knows what the pressure of finals day is all about is Georgia Read, who played a key role in the girls’ national triumph.
Read bats in the top three for the boys’ team and was retired on 30 in the wins over South Wilts and Dumbleton.
Georgia and twin sister Cate found themselves in the limelight after Exeter’s dramatic 49-run win over South Northumberland in the final. Click here for full story