Joey Cook hit an unbeaten 65 as Sparsholt’s youngsters lifted the Hampshire Cricket Board’s Under-17 Kerry Cup in the most dramatic of circumstances.
Their T20 cup final against Hambledon at Basingstoke’s May’s Bounty ended in a tie, with Sparsholt losing fewer wickets after each side had scored 116.
Jonty Oliver, with one six and five boundaries in his unbeaten 57, glued Hambledon’s 116-8 (Will Parvin 21) together after Jack Tucker (4-15) and Josh Williams (3-19) had carved deep inroads into their batting.
Oli Cordery (2-21) struck early blows for the Dons, but after being 47-4, Sparsholt took charge with Cook and Tucker (19) adding 67 and taking the Winchester side to the brink of victory with seven runs required off Ben Reilly’s final over.
Hambledon maintained a tidy line and length until a dramatic finale, which saw two wides bowled, Tucker run out (114-5), then Will Matthews run out off a wide to leave the scores level and Sparsholt 116-6 with one ball left.
Cook, whose 65 not out contained ten fours , simply blocked Reilly’s final ball to secure a dramatic win for Sparsholt.
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