TAMWORTH were crowned champions in the final of the Under-15 Cup in the Burton and District Youth Cricket League.
They swept to a 10-wicket victory over Hammerwich – and though the final result made it look all one-way traffic, their victory was not without a few early alarms on the way.
Tamworth won the toss and put their opponents into bat. Their decision seem justified as they made an immediate breakthrough, with Thomas Spears caught by Declan Ryan off the bowling of Alexander Clarke without scoring.
That brought Fabian Smith to the crease and with opener Shoaib Akhtar, Hammerwich then set about a fantastic recovery job to put their side in with a great shout of a big total.
Akhtar retired on 40, with six fours, while Smith made 31, including five boundaries, before being bowled by Aleks Edgar, one of two victims for the Tamworth bowler.
Daniel Lynskey added 19 as Hammerwich finally closed on 106-4 off their 20 overs.
The Tamworth attack kept it very tight for the most part, with opening bowler Clarke proving the pick, his four overs going for a miserly seven runs, while Edgar's one over saw him pick up two wickets for the cost of only one run.
Once Tamworth's opening pair of Connor Lawley and Clarke got into their stride, the result never appeared in doubt.
Both raced along, with Lawley retiring on 40 with four boundaries, and Clarke finding the fence six times on his way to 43.
There was still four and a half overs left when the winning runs were scored, with Fabian Smith doing his best for the Hammerwich attack, conceding only seven runs from three overs.
But that apart, Tamworth proved too strong on the day to lift the cup.
The two clubs also met in Under-17 Division One, with the match finishing in a thrilling tie.
Hammerwich made 97 all out off 19.5 overs, Samuels leading the way with 39 and both Clarke and McEntee picking up three wickets apiece.
The Hammerwich attack then managed to contain Tamworth to 97-2 off their 20 overs, Tomson top-scoring with 40.
Although they had wickets to spare, the home side could not break the shackles, with Smith taking 2-23 off his four overs and Bridges conceding only 12 runs off his full allocation.
Barton posted a decent-looking 131-5 off their 20 overs against Lichfield, with Hyatt retiring on 50.
But Lichfield found a match-winner in Murphy once again as he smashed 54 – his fourth consecutive retired score over the half century mark – as Lichfield won by five wickets with two balls to spare in a tense finish.
Hilton thumped Tutubury in their Under-17 Division Two clash, posting an imposing 155-5 off their 20 overs, Loydall unbeaten on 45 to add to useful knocks from Tolley (39) and Arnold (29no).
Tutbury were the restricted to 60-5 in reply as Harrison took 2-5. Smith made 26 as the home side's batting struggled.