Bradley Stoke Cricket Club : Tony Hitch Cup Final Winners

In the short history of Bradley Stoke cricket club, a club that was only founded in 1991, Sunday 4th August 2019 will go down in the record books.

The first team who play in the senior division of the Bristol and District cricket league appeared in the Tony Hitch cup final, a 20 over knockout competition for clubs in the top four divisions of the league. Club Secretary Simon Page said just to get to the final was a fantastic achievement, to go on and win it was unbelievable.

On the morning of the game the players met at Vee’s Cafe, one of the club’s sponsors, in Bradley Stoke for a pre-match breakfast. The team then travelled to Cleeve Cricket Club in North Somerset for the final against Bristol YMCA.

After an extensive warm up, Ash Baber first team captain won the toss and elected to bat first. Bradley Stoke scored 128-5 off their 20 overs, with good contributions from Tom Laver 30, Matt Peach 24 and Ash Baber 20. In reply YMCA scored 99 all out in 18 overs. Wickets fell at regular intervals and every dismissal was greeted with a loud cheer from the large contingent of Bradley Stoke supporters.

The man of the match award was presented to young bowler Dan Laver for his 4 wickets for 21 runs. The fielding and catching from the young Bradley Stoke team was of the highest quality and certainly was one of the main factors in winning the cup.  After being presented with the cup ,the players and supporters had a few beers at the ground before returning to their base at Baileys Court to continue the celebrations. These celebrations lasted long into the night .

Reflecting on the day, club Secretary Simon Page said he was extremely proud of the team, who had an average age of 24 and included 8 former members of the club’s youth section.

It was a great day never to be forgotten and has put the club firmly on the local cricketing map.  Hopefully with all the hard work put in by the committee, members and players the club will continue to progress over the next few seasons.

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