Middlesbrough College triumph at the AoC Sport T20 cricket finals
After rain previously delayed this event, the National T20 Finals Day 2019 was hosted at Leamington Spa Cricket Club on Tuesday 2 July, with the top four teams from across the country competing for the national title.
After a competitive league competition, which saw 40 colleges from across the country take part, the top eight teams progressed to regional play-offs.
The regional-play offs determined which teams progressed to the National Finals. The following teams all secured a spot:
- Barton Peveril College
- Bolton Sixth Form College
- Middlesbrough College
- Newham College of FE
The National Finals started with two semi-finals; a northern semi-final and a southern semi-final. Middlesbrough College and Newham College both won their semi-finals.
Boasting current Under-19 England international Dom Leech, Middlesbrough easily dispatched Bolton in the northern semi-final to make the final for the third time in a row.
This left Barton Peveril and Newham to decide who would represent the South and Newham edged a tightly-fought contest winning with just five balls to spare.
Newham captain Atesaam Syed was the star of the show scoring 55 runs and taking two wickets in a man-of-the-match display.
The national final was played out between Middlesbrough and Newham.
The final was a closely contested game, with Middlesbrough College emerging as winners scoring 163-4 against Newham College of FE’s 122-7 for a 39-run victory.
Newham College captain Syed (IT Student) said: “We came up against a very good team with great pedigree. This whole competition has been great to be a part of, we enjoyed beating local teams but we’ve loved competing against teams from around the country.”
Newham Cricket Academy Manager Zaheer Daleel said: “It’s been a great ride, we just fell short in the end but I’m so proud of the guys. They’ve had to deal with so much just to get here and in the end, they were too exhausted to compete at their best.
“It’s been a great season and they should be very proud of what they’ve achieved. A big thank you to the staff at Newham and AoC Sport for all their support.”