It's the great indoors as Harvington secure crown

8:30am Thursday 26th December 2013

HARVINGTON’S fine 2013 season continued when they were crowned Worcestershire Cricket Centre Indoor League winners at the final nights.

The top four sides qualified with Broadway and Badsey being the two from the group stages to miss out.

In the first semi-final, Harvington comfortably chased a below-par total of 72 from Astwood Bank.

Throughout the competition, they showed the benefits of a strong fielding unit well led by skipper Ben Hawker.

Off-spinner Sam Bannister only went for 15 runs in his three overs, creating pressure on the opposition, and Oli Hawker starred in the run chase with an unbeaten 27.

In the other semi, Feckenham defeated Alcester and Ragley by 11 runs, totalling 129 to their opponents’ 118.

The final saw Harvington batting first and making a good start through the Hawker brothers with Oli reaching his retirement score.

Ben was run out for 23, leading to a succession of similar dismissals through good Feckenham fielding and poor run judgement.

Simon Rickett made up for his involvement in the run outs with 31 and the returning Oli Hawker finished the innings on 51 not out as Harvington posted 129-5 in 12 overs. In reply, the early dismissals of Ben Adshead and Jamie Reddish had Feckenham on the back foot.

Harvington’s Steve Mckelvie bowled another tight three overs but Josh Stracey (31) and Luke Jackson (27) put their opponents within touching distance of victory with 15 needed off the last over from Oli Hawker. When Stracey was caught down the leg-side, it meant a 12-run success for Harvington, who also included Graham Jones in their side.

Harvington have started pre-season training for 2014 with more than 30 players attending a session before christmas. The club are continuing to recruit and anyone interested, regardless of age, can call head of recruitment Rickett on 07724-979841.

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