A solid knock from Bailey Jenkins and some fantastic bowling by Amy Smith and Benjamin Strong led New Town to victory over Clarence in the 2018/19 Boys Under 15 Twenty20 Final.
With New Town winning the toss and electing to bat, the Bucks looked strong early with openers Keegan Ryan and Bailey Jenkins blasting to all parts. Inside 5 overs, New Town were 0/41 and cruising before Josh Curtis caught Keegan Ryan in front for 25. This bought captain Jesse Wilmott to the crease with the pair adding 28 runs before Wilmott was run out for 8.
This brought newly crowned Women’s Tigers debutant Amy Smith to the crease. Bailey Jenkins then took matters into his own hands producing a fine half century before being caught by Clarence fielder Rogan Dobie off the bowling of Josh Curtis for 56. Bucks keeper Brayden Butler then took to the Clarence bowlers who blasted 12 runs in the final over to get New Town 3/139 from their allotted 20 overs.
Clarence then set out to chase down the total set by New Town and looked strong early with openers Ozzie Warmbrunn and Patrick Kenna going at a consistent pace and run rate. Warmbrunn made it to 16 before being caught off the bowling of Amy Smith. This brought Brodie Gluskie in and with Kenna by his side, the pair added another 12 runs before Amy Smith again struck taking Gluskie’s wicket for 12. This started a Clarence batting collapse.
The Clarence middle order attempted to build partnerships to take down the total but in the end, their running between wickets was what let them down losing their last 4 wickets all to run outs with the Roos finishing all out for 108 with 3 balls to spare in the innings.