PETERSFIELD under-11s are celebrating after emulating their England Ashes heroes by being crowned South East Hants League champions.
Inspired by Alastair Cook & Co regaining the urn, Petersfield set about landing some glory of their own – on the final day of the season.
The scene was set as a long campaign reached its climax at The Heath, with the home side aware victory would clinch the title.
Having beaten long-time leaders Portsmouth in their penultimate game, Petersfield just had to navigate the challenge of visitors Burridge to finish in top spot.
An early setback saw Burridge win the toss, sending Petersfield into bat.
But a positive display throughout the batting line-up saw the home side post a useful total of 137 in 20 overs.
In reply, the Burridge openers started well and at the halfway mark were still up with run-rate.
But Petersfield’s strength in bowling depth – a predominant feature throughout the whole season – meant the visitors could not maintain this momentum and the innings closed on 97.
Delighted Petersfield coach Simon Griffin said: ‘It’s been a superb effort from the team.
‘After rain affected the early season around the end of June we found ourselves second from bottom in the league.
‘But we went on a fantastic run to win all our remaining games – clinching the title on the last day of the season.’
PETERSFIELD UNDER-11s: Tor Richardson, Thomas Mason, Patrick Bell, Freddie Bell, Louis Wadsworth, Tom Griffin, Jack McKechnie, Oli Dickens, David Evans, Seb Browning, Fergus Mclean, Sam Paul, Mark Butcher, Theo Truss, Henry Amis, Mark Childs, Jethro Wilkinson