The Kings Langley CC U13s did Hertfordshire proud as they represented the county in the ECB regional finals, held in Bishop’s Stortford.
They earned the honour after embarking on a fantastic unbeaten run which saw them crowned county champions for consecutive years, having pre-qualified again this season and beaten the Middlesex champions in the first round.
That put them into the last-24 club sides in the whole country which, given the size of the village, is an incredible achievement.
Kings were unlucky to be drawn in the regional semi-finals against the Northants champions, Old Northamptonians, who went on to comfortably win the subsequent final at a canter and now progress to the national finals.
Old Northamptonians are the largest cricket club in their county and were full of 13-year-old representative cricketers.
KLCC, on the other hand, had half of their side made up of U12 players so were always up against it when it came to size and power.
Had Kings held onto their catches it could well have been a different story, and the added pressure of trying to chase 140 off 20 overs took its toll with the Langley side ending at the 100-run mark.
A better fielding performance was delivered in the second play-off match of the day, with Kings ending just one run short of Colchester and East Essex CC.
Kings Langley CC’s Kevin Rolfe said: “All in all it was a fantastic journey and experience for all the players.
“It was very much a team effort during the year so thanks go to all those that took part throughout the season.”