BICESTER & North Oxford U13s were crowned Oxfordshire champions in the Ron Maudsley Trophy after a fantastic day of cricket in glorious sunshine at the BNOCC ground at Akeman Street, Chesterton.
This was the first time Bicester had made it to finals day and they now go on to represent Oxfordshire against Shropshire in the next round of the competition.
Bicester played Abingdon Vale in the semi-final. Bicester batted first and posted 109-4 in 20 overs.
Dan Savin, 30 retired, and Jordan Poole 23 not out, were the top scorers. Savin and Freddie Burton put on 40 for the first wicket in 10 overs, before George Jeacock smashed a rapid 22 to set up a good total.
In reply Abingdon Vale could only manage 94-5 off their full 20 overs.
All the Bicester bowlers bowled well with Burton, Ian Trower and Michael King all chipping in with a wicket apiece, Callum Pearce, Cameron Hill and Poole taking a catch each, and Savin and Ollie Pell getting a run out each.
This set up an intriguing final with Thame Town, who had beaten Cumnor in the other semi-final.
Bicester won the toss and elected to bowl first and Thame made 65-9 in their 20 overs. Jeacock took 2-13 and King 2-15 with Burton and Trower collecting a wicket each. Excellent Bicester fielding saw another three run outs.
The Thame total looked rather low, although the previous league meeting between the sides was a tightly fought low scoring match, so it was by no means certain that Bicester would win.
Bicester were soon in trouble but a composed yet positive 26 from Jeacock set up the win in an exciting game where the advantage ebbed and flowed between the two teams.
Bicester eventually reached 67-7 in the 19th over to claim the trophy.
Special mention goes to Bicester wicket Keeper Dhanesh Sanjivi, who only let one bye through in the 39 overs of the two games, and to skipper Dan Savin who led the team calmly to success.