Published: 22nd August, 2019
Surrey U15s have been crowned national 50 over champions after beating their Yorkshire counterparts by five wickets at Kibworth CC on Thursday.
Chasing 173 to win at the Leicester-based ground, an unbeaten 71 from Tim Lloyd and 55 from Sheridon Gumbs led the way for Surrey as they cruised to the target with 5.3 overs remaining.
Tom Humphreys was the star with the ball, claiming figures of 3/36 from his allotted 10 overs, with all of his wickets removing a member of Yorkshire’s top five. Moiz Rana and Raguvaran Aravinthan were the other two bowlers to see off the front line batsmen.
Two Ahmad Khan run outs and another wicket from his bowling kept the pressure on Yorkshire with Joe Baldwin the final Surrey player to claim a wicket of the nine.
Surrey’s response didn’t get off to an ideal start, losing both Veer Patel and Aravinthan to run outs while the team was still in single figures. Lloyd and captain Sam Baldwin steadied the ship before Baldwin went for 16.
It was the 127-strong partnership between Lloyd and Gumbs that really proved the difference between the sides with Surrey needing just another 24 when Gumbs was eventually bowled.
Joe Baldwin added eight before he was also out but Lloyd remained solid and saw it home, with the help of Humphreys, with 33 balls to spare.
The side reached the final by beating Somerset in the quarter-final last Sunday and then Yorkshire’s Roses rivals Lancashire at Kibworth CC on Wednesday.
The finals keep coming for the Surrey age groups with the U17s to play a three-day final with Cheshire at Arundel between the 27th and 29th August.