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On a warm afternoon at Whitchurch CC, Ivybridge U13s met their Yelverton counterparts in the cup final. Following their league triumph, Ivybridge were looking to do a league and cup double for the 1st time in the U13 age group. Captain Abraham Kopparambil won the toss and elected to bat first, opening up himself alongside Ben Privett. The pair made a positive start moving on to 33 without loss after 6 overs before Privett was bowled by Dugay. That was as good as it got for Yelverton as Kopparambil and newcomer to the crease, Harvey Johnson, piled on the runs. After an unbeaten 2nd wicket partnership of 128, Ivybridge reached 161-1 after their 20 overs. Kopparambil scored a sensational 113 not out from just 60 balls (a strike rate of 188!) which included 12 fours and 7 sixes. Johnson gave great support finishing on 24 not out.

The Yelverton innings had a mixed start. Privett took the wicket of Izzy Cooper in the first over of the reply but Yelverton reached 28-1 after 4 overs and were progressing well. James Clough was introduced in the 5th over and immediately made an impact taking the wicket of Limb. Williams replaced him and hit 2 fours in his first 3 balls as Yelverton moved to 54-2 after 7 overs, threatening to chase Ivybridge’s total down. It was the 8th over which proved pivotal as Kopparambil brought himself on and removed opener Jamie Cooper for 27 as well as Williams 5 balls later. The very next over Johnson took the wicket of number 5 Doyle which left Yelverton reeling at 60-5 after 9 overs. New batsman Dugay entered with a runner following an injury earlier in the game. He initially looked dangerous hitting 5 boundaries in a breezy 25 before being run out(!) by Johnson. The very next ball Kopparambil bowled Stevenson for a golden duck and the fat lady was warming up at 87-7 after 14 overs. The bowling was shared around for the remaining overs which led to wickets for Ollie Smith and Adam Clough as Yelverton finished on 102-9 meaning a victory of 59 runs for Ivybridge. Pick of the bowlers was Kopparambil with 3-1 off his 2 overs. Unsurprisingly, he also picked up the man of the match award.

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