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Belfast win the inaugural Charlie Beverland Memorial Cup

Roger Bell

Belfast squadThe inaugural Triangular Under 14 Cricket Tournament between Belfast, Edinburgh and Glasgow took place at Ayr Cricket Club on Monday and Tuesday 13 and 14 August, with Belfast emerging as winners of the tournament following wins against both Scottish sides. Belfast captain Paddy Beverland, who was top scorer in both matches, received the trophy donated in memory of his late father Charlie from West Scotland Regional Development Director Tim Hart. Craig Irvine, who had success with bat and ball received Belfast man of the series award, donated by Lion Sports. 

The Tournament was organised this year to fill the considerable void left when when it was announced that the popular Lord's Taverners' Inner Cities Competition had been discontinued, and the reaction from the three teams after two excellent days cricket was that it was a great success. Belfast team manager Roger Bell commented "It is hoped that if the Lord's Taverners' tournament is not re-instated, that this Triangular Under 14 Tournament will become an annual event, and plans are already being set in place for 2013. I would also like to thank our sponsors for their generous support which made this tournament a reality."  

Triangular U14 Tournament results:
Glasgow 135 beat Edinburgh 116 by 19 runs
Belfast 119-7 (P Beverland 50) beat Edinburgh 115-8 (T Anderson 4-16, C Irvine 2-20) by 3 wickets
Belfast 95-4 (P Beverland 40, C Irvine 27no) beat Glasgow 94-10 (C Irvine 3-2, S Saxena 2-6, T Anderson 2-20, H Gibbons 2-27) by 6 wickets.

Winning skipper Paddy Beverland receives the cupBelfast squad
Paddy Beverland (CSNI; captain)
Thomas Anderson (Holywood)
Jack Burton (Carrickfergus)
Malcolm Corry (CSNI)
Hugh Gibbons (Saintfield)
James Hume (Cregagh)
Craig Irvine (North Down)
Mark Johnston (Cregagh)
Andrew Knape (Instonians)
Matthew Lightbody (Lisburn)
Stuart Nelson (Cregagh)
Sahil Saxena (Instonians)

Manager: Roger Bell
Assistant Manager: George Wilson
Coach: Andrew Cowden