Double delight seals unbeaten campaign

Spalding Grammar School under-13s
Spalding Grammar School under-13s
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Spalding Grammar School under-13 cricket side completed a fantastic season by winning two major trophies within the week.

First they retained the U13 David Cross Shield, with a thrilling display during finals day, at Burghley Park in Stamford.

In the semi-final against Longsands School, Spalding posted a competitive total of 132.

The innings was built around an unbeaten 52 from Harrington, and useful contributions from Wide and McGowan proved vital at the tail.

Longsands started their reply with their opening pair reaching 40 until two excellent catches from Sangha and Rabicano proved decisive.

They were finally dismissed for 75 with captain Manton and Cunnington taking three wickets apiece.

The final opponents were Thomas Deacon Academy, Peterborough.

Spalding batted first and once again Harrington once again dominated the bowling with intelligent use of aggressive hitting to reach another unbeaten 50.

He was well supported by Manton, Cunnington and Billimore, enabling Spalding to reach 123 from their 20 overs.

Accurate bowling from Sangha, Rabicano and Manton ensured that TDA fell further behind the required run rate throughout their innings, finishing on 95 from their 20 overs, with Manton taking four wickets and completing a run-out.

They followed this success by securing the County Cup title at home against William Farr School side from Lincoln.

The opening pair of Manton and Harrington batted watchfully, seeing off the opening bowlers and completing a partnership of 107, before Harrington fell for 56.

Manton continued to score 51, and some good hitting from Sangha enabled Spalding to set a target of 140 to win.

William Farr batted well but were never in front of the required run rate, with Cunnington, Rabicano and Manton being particularly economic.

Sangha then wrapped up the innings with two wickets in successive balls, and William Farr finished 26 runs short.

Director of sport Dave Venables said: “The unbeaten season has been based around team work and spirit, and all the squad players should be congratulated on their contribution to the success of the side.”