OAKHAM, Stuart Broad’s old school, hosts the finals of the MCC Spirit of Cricket Under-13 national club championship over four days, starting tomorrow. Among the favourites are South Northumberland, who won the senior club final, the Cockspur Cup, at Lord’s last year.
This year saw more than 1,600 teams entered in the ECB’s 38 counties, with the winners going through to regional finals and then playing off. Finalists at Oakham: Bath (South West); South Northumberland (North East & Scotland); Wolverhampton (North West); Scholes, Holmfirth (Yorkshire); Countesthorpe (North Midlands); Northop (West Midlands); Hastings & St Leonard’s Priory (South & South East); Chesham (East).
MCC’s head of cricket, the former Essex, Hampshire and England all-rounder John Stephenson said: “This is the fifth year that MCC has supported the Under-13 national club championships and each year it goes from strength to strength, with more children taking part and enjoying their cricket. Each of the eight clubs here this week deserves huge credit and recognition for making it this far.”
On Friday the winners will be presented with the Ken Barrington Cup, by Ann, Ken’s widow, for the 27th consecutive year. In line with the competition sponsors, the club displaying the best on-pitch attitude throughout the week will receive a special MCC Spirit of Cricket award.