Kibworth Under 17′s matched the efforts of their seniors on Sunday by completing their own trophy double with a nine wicket victory at Loughborough Carillion. This brought them the Leicestershire Youth League Cup to add to the League title they won by defeating Sileby two weeks ago.
On a damp wicket skipper Aadil Ali invited the home side to bat when he won the toss and had immediate reward as Grobler was caught behind by Ben Matthew off the bowling of Jon Butler from the first ball of the game. Chris Carson also claimed a caught behind in the fifth over of the innings but it soon became clear that this was a track to suit the slow bowlers and spin was duely introduced for the sixth over. Kibworth were to use four different slow men as they worked their way through the Carillion line up and only opener Roafle who was eigth out for 28 showed any real resistance. Aadil himself finished with the best bowling figures of 2 for 11 and Bhavik Patel also claimed two victims conceding just fifteen runs, whilst Sam Pounds was the most economical of all as he took 1-6 from his three overs. As they have been all season Kibworth were excellent in the field claiming seven catches, two held by Jay Chauhan, a stumping and a run out. Carillion were finally dismissed for 65 in the 17th over with extras claiming second highest score with 14.
In reply Aadil failed to match the century he scored in the league final as he was caught on the boundary for 19 off the bowling of Clarke with the total on 27. There were to be no further successes for Carillion as Bhavik (31*) and wicketkeeper Matthew (12*) took charge. Bhav hit three fours and also clipped a six over square leg to match one Aadil had launched over long-on in the third over whilst Fido hit two boundaries of his own as well as striking the winning blow that took Kibworth home with 10 overs and four balls to spare.
A good crowd of supporters made the trip to cheer on an outstanding group of young cricketers who were unbeaten throughout the season and frequently fielded a side of eleven potential bowlers and capable batsmen. Skipper Ali finished with 410 runs from six innings including two centuries whilst Ben Matthew contributed 149 as well as taking several excellent catches. Olli Lodge was top wicket taker with 12