Cricket Wales U17s boys team will face Lancashire in the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) national one-day final at Kibworth in Leicestershire on Sunday (August 31), after a superb semi-final win over Essex.

The visitors reached 309-9 in their 50 overs at Ebbw Vale, with Sam Pearce (Mid Glamorgan) leading the Welsh attack with figures of 3-40, as well as a catch and run-out.

Wales achieved their target on the first ball of the final over, ending on 311-7.

Three Wales players got their half-century: Gareth Ansell (Gwent) (51), Jack Thorpe-Yon (Gwent) (51) and Keiran Carlson (Cardiff and Vale) (50).

Lukas Carey (West Glamorgan) just missed out – hitting the winning boundary to end the match on 49 not out.

“This is a fantastic achievement by the under-17s,” said Cricket Wales performance manager John Derrick. “They also reached the semi-final of the two-day competition, so this really caps a superb season.”

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