Will Gilderson took 7-44 as Gloucestershire Under 14s beat Hampshire by two wickets.
Gloucestershire Under 14 Boys v Hampshire Under 14 Boys (at New Milton CC), August 5
ECB U14 County Cup
Hampshire 197 all out (45.2 overs)
Gloucestershire 199-8 (45.5 overs)
Gloucestershire won by 2 wickets
Dumbleton fast bowler Will Gilderson ripped through the entire Hampshire top order, taking 7-44, to lead Glos to a two wicket win.
Bowling with genuine pace and aggression, Gilderson reduced the home side to 14-3 in his first spell before returning to blast out the rest of the top seven in his second.Both times Hants managed to battle back to post 197 but a mature innings from Charlie Brennan (35*) (Bristol) ensured Glos got over the line with two wickets and 25 balls to spare.
Earlier Hampshire won the toss and chose to bat. But they were put on the back foot by a superb combination of fast bowling from the Glos openers. Brennan starved them of runs at one end while Gilderson supplied the knock out blows at the other, as they slipped to 14-3 in a hostile opening exchange.
Lewis and Caddy dug in and after riding their luck early on, took full advantage of a quick outfield and a lack of discipline from the Glos bowlers. Both looked well set with the score on 118-3 before Gilderson returned to derail the innings for a second time. Targeting the stumps at a speed seldom seen in under 14 cricket he cleaned up Lewis (46) and Lightfoot in consecutive balls before going on to bowl Caddy (48) and remove McKenzie (6) through a catch at point from Praneel Choughule (Thornbury). Having taken the first seven wickets, Gilderson then had a hand in the eighth with an excellent one-handed catch off Brennan (1-34). A wicket each for Choughule (1-29) and Will Hope (1-28) (Great Rissington) saw Hants dismissed for 197 in the 46th over – a competitive total on a testing pitch.
In reply, Glos lost Choughule (12) in the sixth over, clipping offspinner Lightfoot to midwicket. At the other end fellow opener Price battled hard against an intimidating opening spell from Simpson before nicking a short ball behind to make it 26-2 in the ninth over. Stan Brown (Cheltenham) and Joe Moss (Frenchay) shored the innings up with a solid partnership of 46 before the former was unluckily run out at the non-strikers end for 26. Moss continued to look assured before being bowled by a sharp spinning delivery by Campbell with the score on 90. The Glos middle order all looked good but got out just as they began to get going. From the precarious position of 130-7 Hope and Brennan combined to put on a cool-headed partnership of 53. Hope (26) had looked untroubled before falling with 15 still needed. But Gilderson remained calm to support Brennan who finished on 35 not out as Glos secured an excellent victory.