Sidmouth brothers set to play in national Schools Under-15 cricket finals

PUBLISHED: 09:12 12 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:12 12 July 2013

Axminster II action v Shobrooke Park

Axminster II action v Shobrooke Park


Two Sidmouth brothers, Tom and Will have played their part in Exeter School’s march to the final of the 2013 Under-15 National School’s Twenty20 competition.

In the Devon final Tom struck a superb unbeaten 108 to see the team into the next round and a meeting with Millfield School from Somerset and Mounts Bay from Cornwall who were the respective county winners.

Millfield, who only two weeks earlier had knocked Exeter out of the 40-overs version of the Schools competition were left shell-shocked as Exeter, with both Counsell boys again involved, got home with four wickets, to spare.

They then beat Mounts Bay by 54 runs to reach the West of England finals where they were joined at Sherborne School by Portsmouth Grammar, Clifton College and Stowe school from Buckinghamshire.

They were drawn to play Portsmouth Grammar first and, chasing a total of 144, needed 27 from three overs when Will Counsell struck four successive boundaries with a six, followed by a four, then another six and finally a four as Exeter sealed victory with just two balls remaining!

In the final Exeter faced Clifton College who were bundled out for 89, passed with ease with wickets and overs to spare to send Exeter into the September 8, National Finals at Nottingham.

The finals are televised and the action will be shown during the SKY coverage of the Ashes Tests during lunch breaks.

Also at Nottingham will be the winners from the North, Midlands and London and the South East to determine the national champions.

The Counsell boys have been playing cricket for Sidmouth since they were eight years of age.

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