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Cricket: Dunstall take consecutive under-17 titles

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 04, 2014

By Tom Sloan

Dunstall U17

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DUNSTALL have wrapped up back-to-back under-17 titles with a win over local rivals Barton.

The Stags will retain the trophy they won in 2013 after moving ten points clear of second-placed Rolleston with only one match left.

All that is stopping the title being officially awarded by the Burton & District Youth Cricket League is a missing result sheet from a win the Deer Parkers had at Hammerwich on July 7.

However, that is a mere formality and the side, managed by first-teamer Andy Malkin, will hold onto their trophy.

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At Barton on Monday night, the hosts won the toss and inserted Dunstall – but found the Stags' top three in great form.

Staffordshire man Ben Whitehouse hit a rapid 24, while Dan Featherstone at the other end carefully built an innings.

Whitehouse fell with the score on 65 but Alex Mason, another youngster making his mark in Dunstall's Derbyshire Premier League first team, came in and hit a breezy 27.

Featherstone was eventually forced to retire on 51 because of league rules and George Tomlinson departed cheaply.

The Stags innings ended up on 135-4 from 20 overs, with Barton's bowlers struggling to make much headway, although Dominic Phillips grabbed two wickets.

After the break, it was carnage as Dunstall went for the jugular in style.

Barton wobbled to 10-3 as the top order collapsed against Mason (2-11) and Charlie Bunting (1-11).

Things did not get much better for the Holland Park side as they fell to 39-6 and 50-7.

But wicket-keeper George Beaty tried to hit his way out of trouble and got to 32 before Ryan Jones had him caught by Tomlinson.

Barton subsided to 93-9 and Dunstall had the title in the bag with a week to go.

Had they lost, Rolleston would surely have pipped them by drawing level on points and taking it by virtue of a win over the Stags earlier in the season.

As it is, they have again just fallen short of the top prize after a third-place finish last season.

Lullington Park put themselves in pole position to grab third spot behind Dunstall and Rolleston with a comfortable win over Lichfield.

Park jumped above the city side as a result of Monday night's win, and with one game left – against struggling Hammerwich – they look like staying there.

Lullington batted first and both Will Roobottom and Harry Allsopp hit 50 before retiring.

Jimmy Goodman made 40 not out as Park recorded an intimidating 154 from their 20 overs.

None of the Lichfield bowlers escaped the carnage.

In reply, the visitors struggled to match Park's scoring rate – with the top scorer extras with 30.

Jake Owen (29) briefly threatened, but by then the damage had been done and Lichfield ended on 115-5, losing by 39 runs.

Under-15 Division One champions Tamworth lost at home to second-placed Lichfield but the most excitement came out at Abbots Bromley as the village side beat Branston's Trentside.

Bromley's Oliver Roberts hit 42 and Dominic Ferneyhough 41 (both retiring) in a total of 170.

Sam Chilvers (27) was the next highest scorer as Trentside's bowlers laboured.

The Branston side, struggling at the bottom, top scored through tennis star Harry Triptree (34) but Sam Haywood added 4-16 to his earlier 20 with the bat and James Freeman took 3-21 as Trentside closed on 129-9, not a bad effort in the circumstances.

Dunstall sealed the Under-15 Division Two title with a crushing win over Tutbury.

Jack Ramsdale and Will Smedley both hit 40 before retiring, while Finlay Roberts got 39 not out in a total of 163-2. Tutbury could then only muster 62-7 against some good bowling from the Stags.

Jake Scrimshaw – another quality cricketer from the family – took 2-6, while Fraser Roberts got 2-5.

Elsewhere, Elford were heavily beaten by Draycott & Hanbury, who kept themselves in the picture for the runners-up spot behind Dunstall.

The Under-13 cup final will be played on Sunday at Tamworth against Ticknall as a double header with the league match the sides are due to play.

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