NCU edge home against Yorkshire and claim the title
In a thrilling climax to the Festival, Yorkshire came within one hit of spoiling the home sides party. While in the other fixture a couple of runs was all that came between St Josephs and the title.
Batting first the NCU started off at a rattling pace with Matthew Daly and Archie Johnston both making fifties and setting up the home side for what should have been a formidable total.
It was not to be however as batsman after batsman threw their wickets away with a collection of extravagant shots and it was left to Euan Wilson (14) and Adam Wylie (16) to raise the total to 230.
For the third time this week the NCU failed to bat their full 50 overs this time leaving 4 balls unused.
For the Yorkshire side Marcus Hayes' off-spin claimed 3-19 and there were two wickets each for Jay Smith, Archie Clayton and Adam Whitford.
The Yorkshire chase was led by Jandre Makkink (38) who was supported by Marcus Hayes (28) after Lambert had removed Clayton and Fisher in quick time.
Robert Heyes (55) was joined by Werner Beukes (53) and it was Beukes who added the necessary impetus to the chase that came so close to victory.
Heyes was dismissed in the final over but there was a further twist when needing 12 off the final two deliveries Beukes hit a magnificent drive high over extra cover for a maximum that brought up his own half-century.
He could not repeat the feat off the last ball and was bowled by Waite whose 2 wickets both came in that final over. James Lambert with his three early wickets was the NCU leading wicket-taker, McLarnon claimed one and Waite those two at the death.
NCU winners by 5 runs and winners of the Festival by 0.012 on Nett Run Rate as the hosts, St Joseph's and Cornwall all finished with 4 points.
If St Joseph’s had scored 2 more runs or the NCU scored 2 runs fewer then St Joseph's would have had the best rate.
And if St Joseph's had scored just a few less today then Cornwall may well have finished top!
It was indeed that close.