THEY made it down to the final two from over 900 teams but Warwick School’s Under-15s had to settle for runner-up spot in the in final of the National T20 competition.
The first rounds of the National T20 began back in spring with hundreds of schools from across the country entering the competition.
Warwick had to win both the County and Midlands rounds to reach National Finals Day at the historic Arundel Castle Cricket ground – one of the most prestigious amateur cricket venues in the country.
Drawn against Bolton School, the Northern champions in the semi-final, the boys were able to post a competitive 131 for 6, with the runs being shared around the top order.
Tom Hornby top-scored with 25 and there decent knocks from captain Henry Mortimer (19 not out), Henry Miles (17) Will Kelley (14) and Ollie Tubb.
The game looked to have been slipping away from Warwick with Bolton’s captain hitting a fine 47 but after he was removed, caught by Hornby and bowled by Archie Rippon, who had earlier taken a brilliant catch himself, Bolton were bowled out eight runs short of victory.
Unfortunately the final did not go Warwick’s way against a very strong Millfield side, but in finishing as runners-up the team had massively outperformed the previous best performance by a Warwick Under-15 side which was losing finalists in the regional stage of the competition many years ago.