Cricket - N.C.U. Under 13 Plate Final

Congratulations to Grosvenor’s Under 13 cricket team which performed admirably despite suffering a narrow defeat against Down High School in the final of the Northern Cricket Union’s Under 13 Plate East competition, held in Downpatrick on Thursday 20th June.

The team’s path to the final featured victory away to Carrickfergus Grammar School in the quarter-final of the event, thanks largely to Ben Watson’s impressive bowling figures of 5 wickets for the concession of just 4 runs; which was followed by an impressive defeat of Bangor Grammar School at the semi-final stage, with Connor Allen (28 runs), Alan Rajan (24 runs) and Ben Bryson (4 wickets) all proving significant contributors.

The final itself proved a hard-fought encounter; having won the toss, Grosvenor elected to bowl first and, despite a fast start that saw Down High reach 39-1 off 6 overs, Grosvenor’s disciplined bowling soon saw them peg the middle order back. With the run-rate slowing down, constant pressure from both ends, as the result of metronomical bowling from Alan Rajan, Ben Bryson, Ben Watson and Taylor Dempster, in particular, created frustration which saw the Down High batsmen make a number of mistakes, eventually falling to 73 all out – a competitive but by no means unachievable target.

Setting about their run chase, the Grosvenor batsmen began brightly, with openers Connor Allen and Harry Lawson helping the team to 37-0 from 10 overs – an excellent platform on which to build for the second half of the innings. Unfortunately, however, despite this bright start, the team’s middle and lower order were unable to kick on further, as 37-0 soon became 65 all out – just 8 runs short of victory - due to a combination of some irresponsible shots and some excellent bowling and fielding from DHS.

Particular praise is reserved for Connor Allen, who top scored with 20 runs, and Ben Bryson, whose superb bowling helped him to snare four wickets.

At the climax of the match, Grosvenor’s entire squad was crestfallen; despite this understandable reaction, however, the distribution of medals provided an opportunity to reflect on a season in which they have made great progress and taken some notable scalps along the way.

Well done to all sixteen members of Grosvenor’s squad who have performed with dedication throughout the year; hopefully the 2020 season will see them go one step further and bring some silverware back to Marina Park.  

Members of Grosvenor's under 13 cricket squad following their narrow defeat against Down High School in the final of the N.C.U. Plate East competition.