Gloucestershire Under 17 Boys v Somerset Under 17 Boys (at Bath CC), May 30 2019
ECB U17 Cup – Group 4A
Somerset 260 all out (41.4 overs)
Gloucestershire 262-3 (39.2 overs)
Gloucestershire won by 7 wickets
Gloucestershire Under 17 Boys v Worcestershire Under 17 Boys (at Rockhampton CC), May 28 2019
ECB U17 Cup – Group 4A
Gloucestershire 261-8(50 overs)
Worcestershire 263-2 (47.5 overs)
Worcestershire won by 8 wickets
Gloucestershire U17s started their Royal London Cup campaign with a defeat to Worcestershire and a resounding win over Somerset.
The 7 wicket victory over their local rivals at Bath CC club was decided by an outstanding 201 run partnership between 15-year-old Will Naish (138) (Frocester) (pictured) and 14-year-old Tommy Boorman (77 not out) (Dumbleton) who batted with composure and skill to help their side chase down their target of 261 in the 40th over.
The pair came together when opener Daz Ahmed (9) (Bishopston) was bowled by Ned Leonard with the score on 18. They immediately turned the pressure on their opponents by clinically picking off every scoring opportunity that came their way. Naish moved through the gears, striking the ball with impressive power. When he was out for 138 he had hit 16 fours and 8 sixes in a superb display of controlled aggression. The loss of Naish did not deter Boorman and he led his side home, supported by Ewan Gegg (Frocester) who finished unbeaten on 23.
Earlier, Gloucestershire won the toss and decided to insert Somerset. But they were put on the back foot as openers Charlie Reed (50) and Sharland (35) took the attack to the visitors, scoring at a run a ball in an opening stand of 70.
It was the introduction of the Luke Charlesworth (2-31) and Joe Millard (3-25) (Bedminster) which swung the innings back to Gloucestershire’s way, backed up by some fine slip catching by Ahmed. Both seamers put Somerset under real pressure and with Ahmed (2-19) also chipping in with a couple of wickets Somerset found themselves 160-8. The game swung again thanks to a counter-attacking ninth wicket partnership of before the hosts were finally bowled out for a competitive 261.
However once Naish and Boorman were in full flow it was never going to be enough as Glos eased home with 10 overs to spare.
Two days earlier Glos suffered and 8 wicket defeat to Worcestershire despite a superbly constructed 136 off 149 balls (17 fours) from opener Daz Ahmed.
Reflecting on the first two matches, Gloucestershire head of talent pathway and Under 17 coach Tim Hancock said: “It was lovely to see Daz Ahmed play an innings of such authority – he looked like a proper player. I thought at the halfway stage that we had a competitive score but Worcestershire batted very well.
“Against Somerset it was satisfying to see two young players bat so well and play with such skill and determination to get the job done. It was a nice confidence boost for the team after the defeat to Worcestershire but as a fielding and bowling unit we have to be able to absorb pressure better than we have done in the first two games.”