Youth cricket - Magnificent seven for champions

PUBLISHED: 10:55 04 August 2006 | UPDATED: 14:47 12 May 2010

REED under-11s have completed a successful season signing off as champions of Hertfordshire s East Two Cricket League in which they boasted a 100 per cent win record over their seven fixtures. The team also competed in the Cambridgeshire under-11 Premier

REED under-11s have completed a successful season signing off as champions of Hertfordshire's East Two Cricket League in which they boasted a 100 per cent win record over their seven fixtures.

The team also competed in the Cambridgeshire under-11 Premier League where they competed well against the strongest teams in the Cambridgeshire competition.

Their most recent Cambridgeshire League match saw them go down narrowly to Cambridge St Giles in a very high scoring game.

St Giles opened their innings with Cambs under-11 batting stars Will Phelps and Tyler Phillips at the crease and this powerful pair set about building a useful total.

Phillips cruised to mandatory retirement with 41 not out while Phelps fell caught and bowled by Callum Wright for 28. Tew, with 16 not out, and a staggering 55 extras gave St Giles a 20-over total of 145-2.

However Reed were not to go down without a fight. Led by William Heslam and James Hooper they set off on the run chase. Hooper fell for 10 with the total on 55 and when Ollie Benham joined Heslam the Reed reply really got into top gear.

An array of punishing shots from both players saw them each ultimately reach mandatory retirement, Heslam for 42 not out and Benham 40 not out.

Tom Makin with an unbeaten 18 kept up the momentum and took Reed to 134-2 when the overs ran out. In an exciting game Reed fell 11 runs short of their target, their earlier wayward bowling having cost them the game with the concession of too many wides and no balls.

- Reed under-11s captain William Heslam has been an ever-present in the successful Cambridgeshire under-11 county side this year.

The team won seven of their nine matches this summer and recorded notable victories in their last three games against the first class counties of Northamptonshire, Essex and Leicestershire.

In their final match of the season Heslam recorded his first half century with an innings of 55 against Leicestershire, demonstrating a combination of fine attacking shots coupled with sound defence and mature shot selection.

This innings led Cambridgeshire to a total of 143-4 and a six-wicket win.

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