County match reports: U15, U13 Dev & U11 Girls & U12 Boys
Gloucestershire Under 15 Girls v Dorset Under 15 Girls (at Grampound Road CC, Cornwall), May 30, 2017
ECB Women’s Under 15 T20 County Championship Division 3
Dorset 90-7 (20 overs)
Gloucestershire 91-4 (11.2 overs)
Gloucestershire won by 6 wickets
Gloucestershire Under 15 Girls v Cornwall Under 15 Girls (at Grampound Road CC, Cornwall), May 30, 2017
ECB Women’s Under 15 T20 County Championship Division 3
Gloucestershire 126-2 (20 overs)
Cornwall 127-4 (19.4 overs)
Cornwall won by 6 wickets
Gloucestershire Under 15 Girls beat Dorset and lost to Cornwall in their first T20 double-header of the season.
Against Dorset, Glos won the toss and struck in the second over when Helen Cutler (1-14) (Claverham) removed Robyn Whitmore (0) with her very first ball.
A bowling change brought the second wicket as Maddie Hughes (1-13) (Frenchay) clean bowled Freya Cutler (5) in her first over to make it 11-2 in the fifth.
A wicket for legspinner Bea Ellis (1-22) (Charlton Kings) kept up the pressure but from 25-3 after eight overs, Dorset fought back with a counter-attacking partnership of 48 between opener Hetti Fox (32 not out) and Molly Joyce (14).
Olivier Freer (1-18) (Cheltenham) made the crucial breakthrough before late wickets for Molly Bliss (1-12) and Maisie Hunkin (1-5) (Frenchay) – who also got a run out restricted Dorset to 90-7 from their 20 overs.
In response Glos lost Hughes early on but fought back with a partnership of 30 – scored at eight runs an over – between Bliss (13) and Natasha Wraith (Frenchay) (see pic).
The loss of Bliss did little to slow the run-rate with Wraith in full flow. She added a further 39 with Cerys King (2) (Corse and Staunton), eventually making 41 from just 20 balls. Both players fell before the end but Zoe Dibble (8 not out) (Apperley) and Ellis (5 not out) kept their cool to see Glos to a sic wicket win in the 12th over.
Wraith’s imperious form with the bat continued in Gloucestershire’s second match against Cornwall. As in the previous game she came to the crease after the loss of an early wicket and dominated the bowling from the start. Her score of 74 not out came off just 47 balls with 12 fours as Glos finished on 126-2 from their 20 overs. Wraith was well-supported by Hughes who made 29.
In reply Glos got off to a perfect start as Hunkin had Cornwall opener Emily Geach caught by King for 1. But the hosts recovered with a second wicket partnership of 37 between Emily Mitchell (15) and Rebecca Odgers (46). This partnership ended when Wraith stumped Mitchell off Alice Mundy (Fairford) before a wicket for King made it 70-3 off 13 overs.
But aided by 42 extras, Cornwall kept up with the required run rate bringing it down to six needed from the final over. Skipper Hunkin (2-18) had Odgers caught by Ellis, but it wasn’t enough to stop Cornwall reaching their target with two balls to spare.
Gloucestershire Under 12 Boys v Oxfordshire, Wales & Combined Prep School XI (at St Edward’s School, Oxford), May 21
Wynard Gibb Cup
Gloucestershire Under 12s shared the Wynard Gibb Cup after tying with a Combined Prep School XI in a dramatic “super over”.
With both sides level after the group stage – having won two and lost one of their matches – it all came down to a six-balls-a-side play-off. But even this couldn’t split the two teams who made nine runs each to share the spoils.
Earlier in the day Gloucestershire beat Oxfordshire by seven wickets in their first game. Having been asked to field first Glos restricted their opponents to 75-8 in their 15 overs, which included 5 run outs. In reply, Gloucestershire comfortably knocked of the runs with Tommy Boorman (Dumbleton) 31 not out and Hayden Wood (Cheltenham)making 23.
In the second game Gloucestershire batted first and scored an imposing 115 in their 15 overs with Sam Brooks making an excellent 61 not out and Wood finishing on 29 not out. Unfortunately what should have been a defendable total proved not to be the case as the Prep Schools XI made Glos pay for dropped catches and a lack of discipline with the ball by knocking off the runs in the last over, with only one wicket down.
Glos bounced back with a comfortable victory over Wales, who were restricted to 66-6, with Will Maxwell (Carsons and Mangotsfield) and Jack Studley (Winterbourne) taking two wickets apiece. In reply Gloucestershire knocked offfor the loss of two Olly McConkey (Reading) scoring 32 not out.
Gloucestershire Under 13 Girls Development v Worcestershire Under 12 Girls and Warwickshire Under 13 Girls Development
The Gloucestershire Girls Under 13 development squad held their nerve in the final over to pull off a nail biting two run victory over the Worcestershire Under 12 county team.
After winning the toss Gloucestershire batted first and posted a competitive total of 130-5 in their 20 overs. Emily Hopkins (Dumbleton) was the stand out performer with an excellent 43, supported by Katie Boyle (14) (Cirencester) and Phoebe Bradford (12 not out) (Cam).
In reply, Worcestershire started off steadily and gradually increased the tempo to put themselves within touching distance of the total. But Gloucestershire showed great character to get themselves back into the game thanks to two wickets apiece from Charlotte Oliver (Bourton Vale) and Bradford.
With 13 runs needed from the final three overs Worcestershire were in the driving seat but a Gloucestershire side that included three under 11s reacted to the pressure superbly to pull off a tremendous two run victory.
Gloucestershire followed this up with a resounding 153 run win over the Warwickshire under 13s development side.
In a dominant batting display the Gloucestershire girls posted a challenging total of 217- 6 in their 35 overs. Bradford top scored with 37, Hopkins made an unbeaten 33 not out and Oliver finished on 27 not out.
In reply Warwickshire were never in the hunt and struggled to threaten the total against some tight bowling. They were eventually bowled out for 64 with three wickets for Genny Morris (Fairford), and two apiece for Meghan Edwards (Frocester), Oliver and Hopkins.
Gloucestershire Under 11 Girls v Somerset Under 11 Girls (at Frenchay CC)
Somerset 117–9 (25 overs)
Gloucestershire 117–8 (25 overs)
Gloucestershire Under 11 Girls tied with local rivals Somerset in a thrilling finish at Frenchay CC.
Needing six off the final over, Glos got a single before skipper Greer Barnes (Old Bristolians Westbury) brought the scores level with a four through fine leg. But they were unable to get over the line as Reah bowled Barnes off the final ball.
Earlier Somerset had been put in to bat and added 34 for the first wicket. Four wickets for 20 runs put Glos back into the game and it remained evenly as both runs and wickets both flowed in the second half of the innings. The visitors eventually posted 117–9 off their 25 overs. Frenchay pair Ellie Donaldson (3-17) and Evie Patterson (2-10) were the pick of the bowlers.
In reply Glos reached 40–1 in the 10th over. But as in the first innings wickets fell at regular intervals building up to the nail-biting finish. Alice Wilson (Marshhfield) top scored with 18.
The tie with Somerset was the under 11s’ third match of the season following defeats to Shropshire and Worcestershire – the latter despite a fine 26 from Barnes.
Coach Pete Lamb said: “It hasn’t been the start we wanted, but many of the squad (11) are playing representative cricket for the first time, and are therefore learning huge amounts very quickly. The progression we have seen already is very positive and challenging the girls to fix on field issues themselves is developing them as individuals and as a team.”