Lindfield’s under 12 squad are the toast of the club once again after adding the prestigious Sussex Junior Cricket Festival Bowl title to the Identilam League title they captured earlier in the season.
The SJCF Bowl involves the top teams in the county playing games throughout the week with the top two performers meeting in the final on the Sunday.
Lindfield had a tough draw with games against Brighton & Hove, Horsham, East Grinstead and Lingfield, but were able to put in some excellent team performances throughout the week winning the games against Brighton & Hove, East Grinstead and Lingfield to qualify for the final.
There were some outstanding individual performances by the boys throughout the week, with James McCammon picking up the player of the week award in recognition of his consistent batting and bowling performances. Alongside that, Charlie Weir hit the squad’s first ever century (100 against East Grinstead) while sharing an opening stand of 176 with Freddie Longley who made 79. Longley was amongst the runs again in the game against Lingfield where he made 73, while Jamie Atkins made 52 in that game as well as taking a hat-trick.
Results from the week’s group stages:
Brighton & Hove 151-5 (James McCammon 2-19) lost to Lindfield 152-4 (James McCammon 39*, Tom Hinley 39*) by 6 wickets
Horsham 163 ao (Alex Pedley 3-21, James McCammon 2-28) beat Lindfield 121 ao (James McCammon 21, Harry Kent 4-26, Anish Padalkar 3-14) by 42 runs
Lindfield 258-3 declared (Charlie Weir 100, Freddie Longley 79, James McCammon 56*) beat East Grinstead 89ao (Alex Pedley 3-20) by 169 runs
Lindfield 238-7 declared (Freddie Longley 73, Jamie Atkins 52) beat Lingfield 107 ao (Jamie Atkins 3-10) by 131 runs
In the final, Lindfield came up against Preston Nomads, who had also had an amazingly successful week. Nomads batted first and were kept in check by some useful new ball bowling by Ross Pedley and Jamie Atkins. Alex Hunt was the mainstay of the Nomad innings with an excellent 53, while McCammon took the bowling honours with 2-16 in 7 overs. At the end of their allotted overs, Nomads had made a competitive total of 147-7.
This looked more than enough when the Lindfield reply got off to a difficult start. Wickets fell on a regular basis and they were struggling at 55-5. However, as has been the case throughout the season, someone from the side took responsibility for getting the team over the line. This time Thanvi Choudhury (39) and Jamie Atkins (45*) combined to put together a partnership of 86 and got them to the last over needing 7 runs. This Lindfield made with a ball to spare as wicket-keeper, Danny Bulgin, hit the winning boundary.
Preston Nomads 147-7 in 35 overs (Alex Hunt 53, James McCammon 2-16) lost to Lindfield 151-6 (Jamie Atkins 45*, Thanvi Choudhury 39) by 4 wickets
See report of Lindfield Cricket Club’s annual Cricket Week in this week’s Mid Sussex Times