An early start (10am) and a late finish (7pm) on Sunday 20th September 2015 saw Hornsey Cricket Club’s U17 team become County Champions for the first time. An exciting semi final win (where for a time there was some confusion as to who had actually won) was followed by a comprehensive and impressive win against Harrow St Marys. In the semi-final against Sunbury, the game ended in a tie, 113 against 113 after 20 overs. The Sunbury players invaded the pitch thinking they’d won, only to be reminded that the scores were level and both sides were nine wickets down (they had mistakenly assumed Hornsey had been all out). The rules had to be consulted to determine the winner. The first “tie breaker” awards the match to team who had the higher score after 19 overs, which Hornsey pipped 105 to 102. Joe Macadam did the damage with the ball, taking 3-15 after Cormac Haughton had anchored Hornsey’s innings on a wet pitch with a hard earned 39. Tom Waine and his brother Ben, still only 14, bowled a nerveless four final overs to tip the balance in a see saw match. Hornsey had the worst of the playing conditions in the match, the early (and damp) start made batting difficult.
Final opponents Harrow St Marys had won their semi-final easily, chasing down 149 against Uxbridge with the loss of only one wicket, but they found the Hornsey a different proposition. Hornsey, batting first, scored 147-5 off their 20 overs, skipper Jack Bruce hitting a magnificent 73, backed up well by Tom Waine and George Croton. Faced with an asking rate of over seven an over, every over, eventually took its toll on the Harrow St Mary reply. They dropped behind the rate and then lost wickets trying to catch up. After being in the hunt after 10 overs, they subsided to 119-8 off their 20 overs to give Hornsey a comfortable victory. Joe Macadam was again in the wickets, while Harrow St Marys Middlesex player Kushal Patel was comprehensively outfoxed by leg spinner Joe Smith.An excellent performance by this team, eight of who return as U17s next year, so they will be looking for a repeat performance. The team have played together now for seven years with very few changes in personnel, and all have played representative cricket for their borough, school or County. Jack Bruce is on the Middlesex CCC Academy and played at Lord’s this summer for England Schools and a number of others toured Barbados with London Schools.
Hornsey 113-9 off 20 overs (Cormac Haughton 39)
Sunbury 113-9 off 20 overs (Joe Macadam 3-15)
Match Tied. Hornsey won because they had the higher score after 19 overs
Hornsey 147-5 off 20 overs (Jack Bruce 73, Tom Waine 28)
Harrow St Marys 119-8 off 20 overs (Joe Macadam 2-28)
Hornsey won by 28 runs