Gloucestershire U14 Boys v Worcestershire U14 Boys (at Stroud CC), May 26 2019
Gloucestershire 299-7 (50 overs)
Worcestershire 224-8 (50 overs)
Gloucestershire won by 75 runs
Tommy Boorman (pictured) (Dumbleton) hit a brilliant unbeaten 152 to lead his side to a comfortable 75 run win over Worcestershire.
Opening the innings, Boorman carried his bat in a superbly crafted knock that contained 19 fours and two sixes.
His 152 not out was the highest individual score recorded by a Gloucestershire Under 14 player since the introduction of the ECB’s Play-Cricket online platform in 2003. It is also the second highest from a Glos junior in that period, behind current 1st XI batsman George Hankins who made 179 not out for the Under 17s in a two day match v Somerset in 2014.
The Worcestershire bowlers had no answer as the right hander mixed great composure and concentration with the ability to ruthlessly dispatch anything offline to the boundary.
His innings helped Glos post 299-7 before they wrapped up an emphatic victory by restricting their opponents to 224-8 in reply.
Boorman was well supported by Sam Brooks (41) (Bristol YMCA) as the pair put on 100 for the second wicket after the home side were reduced to 13-1 early on. There were also important late contributions from Ahmed Syed (18) (Thornbury) and Charlie Brook (13*) (Cirencester) after the loss of regular wickets in the middle order had threatened to reign Glos back in.
In reply Ethan Corbett (Dumbleton) got a breakthrough in the third over thanks to a brilliant catch at point by Toby Rice (Lodway) to make it 8-1.
Glos kept the run rate in check but found a second wicket hard to come by as the visitors dug in with a 124 run partnership between Joel Cox (55) and Jones-Beacon (47). But with the run rate climbing to eight an over it seemed like a matter of time before the home bowlers found a way through.
A caught and bowled by Brook ended Jones-Beacon’s resistance in the 31st over to make it 132-3. Despite having wickets in hand Worcestershire never looked likely to threaten the Glos total. Offspinner Solomon Dark (2-45) (Winterbourne) picked up two wickets, there was a run out for Boorman and Brook (3-47) added two more scalps as the visitors finished 75 runs short on 224-8.
The Under 14s’ first ECB Cup match v Somerset was rained off on June 2 but they are back in action v Berkshire on June 9.