Double Success For Eppleton Juniors

The victorious Eppleton Under 11s
The victorious Eppleton Under 11s
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The winning Eppleton Under 15s team
The winning Eppleton Under 15s team
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Eppleton Cricket Club are celebrating after their Under 11s and Under 15s won the Durham Cricket Board Championship and Durham Cricket Board Shield respectively.

Eppleton were crowned Durham Cricket Board U11 champions after a 99-run final success against Ryhope.

The Church Road lads batted first and posted an impressive score of 144 for two, with Kristian Jefferson’s unbeaten 31 backed by Josh Hutchinson (23) and Hollie Forsyth (17). Matthew Meek picked up a wicket, while Savoy Jacob forced a run out.

Ryhope struggled to 45 all out in their reply, Joe Defty the only batsman to reach double figures, while Eppleton bowler Jake Pratt bagged a hat-trick, finishing off with three for four, while Edward Brown bagged three for nought, and Layla Tipton and Kristian Jefferson both struck twice.

Eppleton Under 15s landed the Durham Cricket Board Shield by the narrowest possible margin against Philadelphia.

Both teams scored 120 from their 20 overs, but the Church Road side took the trophy by losing fewer wickets.

Eppleton won the toss and elected to bat, posting 120 for three. Philadelphia picked up the key wicket of Charlie Ord when he was dismissed for 17 from the bowling of Greg Halladay, but skipper Joe Blacklock led the way for Eppleton, hitting an unbeaten 51 from 51 balls, backed by 25 not out from Nyle Davis. Jamie Pattision picked up two wickets for Phili.

In the Phili reply, Eppleton got off to a good start when Lewis Carney was caught in the second over for 10, however Alex Davison hit an unbeaten 51, along with 25 from Halladay. Craig MacKnight added 15.

The Bunker Hill side looked like winning until Jack Ribchester was run out for 16 in the closing stages.

Phili then needed three to win off the last ball, but could only manage two as the 20 overs came to an end with their score on 120 for six.

Ord grabbed two for 16, with Nyle Davis and Jake Pratt also striking.

© Cricket World 2014

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