THE annual T20 festival held at Sonning’s Reading Blue Coat saw eight teams competing, including the
THE annual T20 festival held at Sonning’s Reading Blue Coat saw eight teams competing, including the hosts, Aylesbury Grammar School, Dr Challoner’s High School, Forest School, John Hampden Grammar School, Reading School, Shiplake College and Windsor boys.
The competition followed a knockout format, the winners progressing to the semi-finals and then finals or third/fourth play off, whilst the losers of the first round entered a plate competition that mimicked the same format.
In the first round Blue Coat were drawn against Dr Challoner’s who put on 111-8.
In a close-run chase James Rogers stepped up to the crease in the final over and struck two boundaries off the last two balls of the innings to win the game for Blue Coat on 115-8.
The semi-final resulted in another nail-biting game against Aylesbury Grammar School, who batting first posted 168-4.
Due to good bowling and fielding Aylesbury started to gain a stranglehold on the Blue Coat innings and as the required run rate kept creeping up, the only real hope came from Matthew Smart who with 17 runs needed from the final over finished off the batting performance of the day to win the game with a ball to spare, scoring 73 off just 38 balls.
In the final against Forest School Blue Coat restricted them to 163-2 off their allotted overs.
In reply a more composed innings saw Blue Coat reach their target with five balls to spare to lift the trophy for the fifth year running.