EMOTIONAL Sedhna Patel says his Harrow St Mary’s U15s have fulfilled their potential after being crowned ECB National Club champions.
The Saints took the title at Shrewsbury School after two comprehensive victories over Stockton and High Wycombe.
Ten of the 12-man squad have been with HSM since the age of nine and manager Patel hopes this triumph can breed future success for St Mary’s.
He said: “The boys have done themselves and the club proud today, finally fulfilling the true potential we knew they possessed.
“They are a team of true champions to win a place into the history books.
“Being crowned the best U15 team in the country from 1,700 clubs who started out in April, is a great achievement.
“A Middlesex team have not won this championship since 1978, so I hope Middlesex will be proud of our achievements today.
“Development of our young cricketers is at the forefront of the club’s development strategy, so seeing this come to fruition is very satisfying.
“This success story will encourage our coaches to continue with our plans and introduce new initiatives to ensure future success for our Colts.”
Saints first saw off the threat of Stockton with a convincing eight-wicket win.
Kushal Patel took 3-12 as the north east side were all out for 71.
Batting wasn’t easy but Nikhil Rawal (39 not out) ensured that there were no mishaps as HSM cantered home in 13.2 overs.
High Wycombe, who were effectively the reigning champions having won the title as an U13 side, had beaten the favourites Omsberely in the other semi to set up a highly anticipated final.
Wycombe’s star batsman, Saif Zaib, let loose and scored a magnificent 50, however the rest of the order was not so hot and were contained to 118-8 off their 20 overs.
Rawal was again on form with the bat in reply and it was left to Amar Dave to smash home the winning runs before being engulfed by his HSM team-mates, who had invaded the pitch.
The cup final squad also included: Vaibhav Dubey, Ian Harris, Charanvir Gill, Max John, Shaniel Lakhani, Daniel Murphy, Angus Prevost, Rohan Radia and Andrew Thomas