Highfield Premier League — Grand Final Report
After two months of swashbuckling cricket, the HPL season culminated in the Grand Final, on the hallowed turf of Chapel Field. After five rounds of league matches and the subsequent play offs, the best two teams of the season battled it out to be crowned HPL 2018 Champions. Would the Panthers or the Gladiators triumph?
The Gladiators won the toss and elected to bat, hoping to pile on the runs with their batting strength. The Panthers had other ideas! The dangerous Felix Church was run out and the big-hitting Milo Peach quickly removed. Gladiators captain Will Sowerbutts was un-fazed and set about repairing the damage with Rory Gordon. Playing some big shots, the score began to pile up. Team mates Theo Snell, Liyan Malik and John Harper added to the final total — a very respectable 82-5 off 8 overs.
The interval entertainment was provided by Franky Wang, Alfonso de Pablo and Archie Crawford who battled it out in a bowl off, with Alfonso crowned as the season’s leading bowler. Word spread that a titanic clash was in progress and a large crowd developed. There was impromptu dancing as pop music blared out when boundaries were hit or wickets tumbled and all this added to the amazing atmosphere!
The Panthers were a little nervous in reply, but Freddie Hallett soon began to smash runs, launching an aerial bombardment on the spectators! Milo removed Kieran Moynagh with a smart caught and bowled, but this only brought the season’s best all-rounder, Alfonso, to the crease for a classy innings of power and style. He was joined by William Hewitt who didn’t waste any time with defensive shots, but pushed cheeky singles or hit boundaries. The Gladiators tried to stop the flow of runs, but to no avail and in tumultuous scenes, Will hit the winning runs to secure victory for the Panthers! Everyone gathered for the presentation, and to great applause, Harry Summerhayes lifted the HPL cup as the Panthers were crowned champions.
Final score: Petersfield Panthers (84-1), Grayshott Gladiators (82-3). The Grand Final was a lovely way in which to finish a very successful inaugural HPL season and particular thanks must go to Mr Mason and Mr Rennison for all their hard work umpiring and scoring, and also to Ptolemy Myers and Alikhan Utermuratov for keeping the scoreboard running so professionally.