John Cooper Tournament a success
Cricket Forth Valley hosted the John Cooper Tournament and fortunately the sun shone brightly over the superb grounds of Stirling County Cricket Club on Sunday when 13 teams came together to contest the John Cooper Tournament, a Kwik Cricket event: Stirling, Livingston, Doune, Perth Doo' cot, Glenrothes, Clackmannan, Arbroath, Stenhousemuir (2 teams), West Quarter, Largo, Callander and Cricket Forth Valley (CFV) Girls.
The teams were a mixture of novice and experienced juniors and the games were hard fought with Perth Doo'cot, Arbroath, Largo and Stenhousemuir 1 ultimately progressing through to the semi-finals.
In the semi-finals Stenhousemuir had to pull out all the stops after the teams were tied, but they managed to get over the line against Largo. Perth Doo' cot saw off Arbroath and so the final game was set.
Stenhousemuir and Perth Doo’cot performed well both in the field and at the crease, but it was the team from Stenhousemuir who secured victory with 249 runs against Perth Doo'cot 229 and were crowned Champions of 2016. Sam Aitken from Stenhousemuir was also named Player of the Tournament which was a well-deserved award after the youngster had made his mark with the bat and ball.
In the playoff for 3rd place, Largo put the heartbreak of losing a close semi-final behind them to beat Arbroath.
John Cooper our sponsor was on hand to present the medals to all teams taking part and present the Trophy to Captain Callum Moffat from Stenhousemuir.
Tony Phillips, Community Development Coach in Forth Valley said of the event,
“I’ve been really impressed with how all the clubs approached their games. It’s been a great day and there were some very talented cricket players in action today, which is encouraging as we take the sport forward.
“As with all events I would like to say a big thank you to all the parents, coaches and players who made it to Stirling today and to Stirling County Cricket Club themselves for hosting the tournament, putting on a BBQ and making everyone feel so welcome.”