THREE Tenbury cricketers have been picked to represent the Woodstock South Shropshire Twenty20 League team tonight after guiding their club to a maiden title triumph.
Brothers Jonathan and Karl Pearson and Tom Gloster will be turning out for the league representative team against the Broseley League at Ludlow Cricket Club, starting at 6pm.
The trio are fresh from guiding Tenbury Cricket Club to the Woodstock South Shropshire Twenty20 League title for the first time.
Former Herefordshire County Cricket Club all-rounder Karl Pearson took the man-of-the-match honour as Tenbury edged to a four-run win in a thrilling final against Clee Hill.
Tenbury will now compete in a Champions Day involving among others, Quatt and Grasshoppers, at Ludlow Cricket Club on Sunday, September 7.
Skipper Jonathan Pearson said: “We are very pleased to have got a good run going in the Twent20 league to put the club in a good light.
“It has been a good run and, after a difficult few seasons in the league on a Saturday, we are delighted to come away with the trophy.
“Last year, Clee Hill and us struggled badly and I think the league format this summer is better because it is one division and players from Ludlow have been spread across a host of teams.”
Karl Pearson blasted a lusty 71, including 12 boundaries, from just 46 deliveries, and was supported by Aaron Morris (43 not out), Gloster (29) and Zack Yarranton (27) as Tenbury piled up 189-4 in last Wednesday night’s final.
Craig Shorter (66) and Tim Goldthorp (63) led Clee Hill’s reply, but Yarranton (3-9) and Morris (2-46) helped restrict them to 185-7.
Jonathan Pearson said: ““My brother Karl played for Tenbury before moving to Old Hill and he was captain of Bromyard. He now plays his club cricket for Sevenoaks and also represents the MCC.”
He added: “Karl works for our family’s firm in Tenbury from Monday to Friday and goes back to home to be with his family the weekends.”
Clee Hill looked to be in a good position to topple Tenbury, who fought back and took three cheap wickets.
“The light started to deteriorate and I think that made a bit of difference,” said captain Pearson.
“This was our fourth season in the league and this time last year we played for the wooden spoon.”