LITTLE Hatherleigh Cricket Club -village population 1,400 - is up with the big boys as its under-13s team prepares to compete in the national finals of the MCC Spirit of Cricket tournament The tournament is contested by 1,800 under-13 teams from all ove
LITTLE Hatherleigh Cricket Club -village population 1,400 - is up with the big boys as its under-13s team prepares to compete in the national finals of the MCC Spirit of Cricket tournamentThe tournament is contested by 1,800 under-13 teams from all over the country and Hatherleigh reached the finals by winning the South West heat at Bournemouth.The Torridge youngsters are now one of eight regional finalists who will battle for the cup at the national finals at Oakham School, Rutland, over four days next week.Hatherleigh won the Devon final by beating Thorverton and went on to win the South West title by first beating Penzance by 32 runs in the semi-final and then winning by 21 runs against Broadstone from Dorset in the final of the 20-over competition.Hatherleigh scored 94-6 against Broadstone, with Billy Searle retiring after top-scoring with 31 and captain Luke Reynolds adding 29. In response Broadstone could only manage 73, with Reynolds capping a superb all-round performance with 4-10 and his namesake Clare chipping in with 3-6 off just 1.4 overs.The team, which is managed by Charles Inniss and captained by Luke Reynolds, has played together since the nine-and-under age category. Hatherleigh president Brian Jones said: "It's great to see the team spirit of these children. Would anyone believe that little Hatherleigh would get to such a prestigious final. Can you imagine playing the likes of some of the bigger cities?