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by: conrad_a_bedford

Last Sunday (16th) saw the final round of games in the F15 competition, a very popular game amongst the players in which 15 overs per side are permitted with a maximum of 3 overs per bowler to be bowled in the allocated time of 60 Min’s per innings.
So far this season the F15 has been thrilling with group A containing league champions St Georges, LCC and The Dragons and group B having Playa Blanca, Bollywood, The Commitments and PDC Cobras.
The semi finals were held a week earlier with St Georges just edging out PDC Cobras and LCC beating The Commitments to set up a mouth watering final between St Georges and LCC with the other two teams battling it out for 3rd and 4Th place.
The first game saw the PDC Cobras bat first and with notable solid performances from Gary Cooper, Grant Thomas and George Gooding the Cobras accumulated 143 in 15 overs.
In reply The Commitments got off to a good start with Paul Stenson and Daz Hawkins going well until a very unlucky incident saw the end to Hawkins who played onto his stumps and for the ball to rebound onto his face.
George Gooding was having a good morning for the Cobras and his bowling saw the end of Stenson caught by LCA skipper Craig Trapps in the gully.
Some tight bowling from the Cobras frustrated The Commitments and Kelton Bates-Morgan was tied down along with captain David with The Commitments failing short of theIR total despite a late cameo from Rhys Lloyd. This enabled The Cobras to pick up there second trophy in a very successful debut season.
The final took place straight after with LCC batting first.They got stuck in from the start with Frankie and Bunty finding boundaries with ease, the field was set tactically on the off side to try to restrict LCC but the F15 supplies some unorthodox stroke play where the batting rule book and technique goes out of the window.
Runs continued and a couple of dropped catches didn’t help St George´s quest for wickets, Monish also caught the eye with some powerful shots all around the ground, even Jackie managed to add himself into the sixes column in the final over to push LCC up to a big total of 217 in 15 overs.
St Georges run chase was dealt a severe blow when Dave Smith was bowled early on by Bunty with a delivery which seemed to hit Dave in three separate areas of his pads before dislodging a bail, and shortly after that captain Des Stonier was given out Lbw to hand St Georges a mountain to climb.
Geoff Dean was trying his best to find much needed boundaries but was not timing the ball as he would have liked. Support came from Neill French, Nathan Stock and a good knock from Pete Starmer but is was not enough for a battling St Georges who finally lost out by more than a hundred runs in the end.mainly thanks to good bowling from Frankie and Shobit. It was left  for LCC to lift the F15 winners trophy at the presentation.
The Gala dinner is held this Saturday 22nd Oct at Costa Calero with a few places still available by contacting chairman Jack Talbot.
Craig Trapps



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