Steyning Grammar School have been crowned county champions for the first time, after an against the odds defeat of Lancing College in the Year 11 Sussex final.
After winning the Worthing District crown earlier in the year, Steyning had to overcome formidable opposition from Lancing in the County Final at the glorious surroundings of Preston Nomads CC.
The cricket team at Lancing College has an excellent reputation with some of their players already at county level, but Steyning put together some important partnerships as they chased down 109 for an impressive three wicket win.
Captain Toby Glover said: “We worked in partnership with each other and every player contributed to the overall score. That was real team work.”
Ross Cusdin hit the winning runs, and revelled in the top-class facilities at Sussex Premier League champions Preston Nomads’ ground at Fulking.
Ross said: “It was a glorious day on many counts, not only did we win the cup and proved that we could be taken seriously at cricket but we also had the great privilege of playing at Preston Nomads and that in itself was intoxicating.”
Sussex and Horsham leg-spinner Will Beer presented the boys with their silverware last week at the school. Head of year 11 Jeanette Masters declared: “This is a fantastic achievement for our school. We have never won this trophy before and to have won it against such esteemed opposition was especially rewarding.”