County Title for Under 13’s

The Under 13A side, triumphed against old rivals Loughborough Town at a packed Fleckney Rd on Sunday morning.
Keen to avenge last seasons defeat against the same opponents, and to put to bed the crushing loss to Soar Valley earlier this season.
A bright morning drew a large ground to the bottom pitch and it was good to see a good contingent from Loughborough swelling the numbers.
Batting first on what looked like a belter of a wicket, Loughborough made 104/3 from their allocation of 20 overs.  There were strong bowling performances all round for KCC, with Ed Wall finishing with 1/15, Jack Bellamy 1/20, Mahang Patel 0/23, Harry Pounds 0/16, Ben Cole 0/7 and Rajiv Segpal 1/16.
Chat amongst those in the know suggested that this was unlikely to be enough, given both the nature of the pitch and the strength of the KCC batting.
However, within a few overs there were the foundations of a few red faces as our reply had got off to a stuttering start at 18/3, with gun batters Houlihan, Pover and Moore already back in the pavilion.
Luckily Mahang Patel and Sanjiv Segpal stood firm as they set about re-building the innings, gradually upping the scoring rate and improving their running between the wickets.  It was sensible, low risk cricket as they realised that wickets in hand could be crucial at the end.
The partnership was broken when Mahang was retired after reaching 30, and he received a great round of applause from the Kibworth masses (see picture later in article).  Sanjiv was joined at the wickets by the “Ginger Prince” Harry Pounds, keen to show his watching Grandad that it was possible to score runs by going over the fielders.
Initially, the 2 batsmen upped the rate by pinching a number of quick singles, but having got in, Pounds soon found his touch with consecutive boundaries over the leg side to ease the tension on the sidelines.  There was a late scare when Sanjiv was bowled after an uncharacteristic swipe, but he knew that the job was almost done and his well made 18 had been crucial in getting us to this position.
Ed Wall made his way to the middle to join Harry, who wasted no time in ending the game with another boundary to backward square to spark huge celebrations from his colleagues and supporters (see picture below).
             
Ed and Harry celebrate winning runs….Mahang retires on 30 not out
Harry finished unbeaten on 20 and him and Ed were joined in the middle by the rest of the team, who showed good standards by shaking hands with their beaten opponents and both of the umpires.
The victory caps a fine season for the team, the majority of whom are still eligible for next season when it is hoped that a hard winters training will inspire them on to even greater heights.

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