Bonds Glen Win The World Cup

Sri Lanka (Bonds Glen) are the North West Under 13 World Cup champions after beating Ireland (St Johnston) by 48 runs in front of a large crowd at Newbuildings in Friday’s Grand Final. Sam Haslett’s unbeaten 65 from 55 deliveries (8 fours, 1 six) powered them to 113 for 3 in the showpiece decider, sharing an opening stand of 74 with Adam Thompson (18).

In reply two wickets apiece from Mark Robinson (2-19) and bowler of the tournament Jacob Haslett (2-16) restricted Ireland to 65 to complete a fine all-round performance.

India (Ardmore) won the Plate Final against New Zealand (Eglinton) avenging Thursday’s loss in a Super Over in one of the games of the tournament. India never looked back as Batsman of the Tournament Bobby Brolly (55*) scored another fifty as he shared an opening stand of 120 with George Dalton (40) to lead them to 127 for 1.

New Zealand in reply lost early wickets and finished on 83 for 5 despite the best efforts of Ryan Lamrock who hit seven fours and two sixes in his 44 before being dismissed by Nathan Scott. Leon Campbell also took two wickets in the 44-run win.

There was some consolation for New Zealand as Rhys Thompson collected the Fair Play Award for giving himself run out after the umpire was unsighted.

In the morning matches there were two shocks as tournament favourites England (Newbuildings) were beaten by Sri Lanka, while Ireland (St Johnston) stunned Australia to reach the final.

Shane Diver hit five sixes in a brilliant unbeaten 57 as Sri Lanka made 93 for 5 – Sam McClintock (2-9) the pick of the England attack. Sam Haslett then claimed 2 for 6 as England were kept to 71 for 7, despite 40 from the ever-consistent Charlie Simpson.

In the other semi-final Ireland were nine wicket winners as Jake McKnight slammed three sixes in an undefeated 48, as he and Pratham Goud-Sana (18) made light work of a 77 run target against Australia.

The Aussies were dealt a huge blow with the early loss of Adam Britton and despite 30 from Roy McGerrigle and 17 from Lucy Neely, they never really got going. The Irish attack were superb, with two wickets for Goud-Sana and Swarnim (2-8).

New Zealand (Eglinton) have been involved in some really tight games this week and it was no surprise that they were in another as they reached the Plate final with a six-run win against West Indies (Bready).

Ryan Lamrock top scored with 49 and Adam Murray made 19 not out as they posted 105 for 4. It was just enough as West Indies responded strongly and with Johnny Orr (45) and Millie Spence (16) going well, they looked like winning.

However they fell just short with three wickets for Kian O’Doherty (3-19), and two more for the excellent Tyler Averill (2-19).

A fantastic week’s cricket despite the challenging weather, and many thanks to all the players, coaches, clubs, and organisers involved in making it such a wonderful spectacle.

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