THE NEWLY-FORMED Feckenham U9s team were rewarded for a fine campaign by reaching the final of the Worcestershire County Cup.
Despite defeat against hosts Himley on Sunday, reaching this final was a fine effort for the squad of 11 which was formed at the start of the season and includes boys aged seven to nine.
Many were new to the sport yet took to it well, demonstrating a real aptitude for the key skills involved including excellent team spirit.
Under the watchful eye of coaches Richard Eost, Davey Banks and Sean Curtis, their passion and enthusiasm was nurtured, enabling them to successfully become 2018 season Area winners and District winners.
These achievements secured Feckenham’s place in the Worcestershire County Cup final event, which featured five teams.
Feckenham won all four of their matches to secure their spot in the overall final against Himley, who clinched victory in dramatic fashion with a four of the final ball of their innings to edge past Feckenham’s total of 241.
A Feckenham spokesperson said: “Feckenham is such a small club in comparison to many others in the county, so to achieve runners-up was an amazing feat for 11 young men with minimal cricket experience.
“Throughout the season, they have played against much bigger teams with a lot more experience yet were able to hold their nerve and support each other regardless of mishaps.
“To have watched their progress has been tremendous and we look forward to finding out what the 2019 season has in store.”