Gloucestershire Under 17 Boys v Devon Under 17 Boys (at Great Rissington CC), July 12-14
- ECB Under 17 County Championship 4A Division
- Devon 340-8 (77.1 overs) and 251-4 (53 overs)
- Gloucestershire 230 all out (91.2 overs) and 217 all out (66.5 overs)
- Devon won by 144 runs
Gloucestershire U17s suffered a 144 run defeat to Devon in their first match of the revamped ECB three day competition.
On an excellent wicket at Great Rissington CC the team were made to pay for an ill disciplined performance with both bat and ball.
Devon won the toss and chose to bat but Glos got off to a great with Dom Hooper (pictured) (2-74) (Claverham) picking up two early wickets to reduce the visitors to 18-2.
But a rain break stopped the early momentum and after the delay Devon took control.
Somerset Academy prospect Tom Lammanby shared in a number of big partnerships including a fifth wicket stand of 169 with Harry Ward (65). Lammonby went on to score 139 from 205 balls before becoming Tom Price’s (Abingdon Vale) fifth wicket.
The Glos Academy player picked up 5-33 as the visitors declared on 340-8 after 91.2 overs.
In reply the home side got off to an excellent start, putting on more than 50 for each of the first two wickets.
Skipper James Palmer (38) (Lechlade) and Dumbleton’s Ollie Forbes (66) added 69 for the first wicket before Forbes and Jordan Garrett (40) (Great and Little Tew) took Glos to 140-1.
But from here the hosts lost four wickets for 19 runs as Billy Rudolph (6-30) blew away the middle order.
Lloyd Belcher (17 off 78 balls) (Horspath) and Harry Wormwell (15 not out off 72 balls (Thornbury) provided some late resistance but found scoring difficult as Glos were eventually bowled out for 230 – a 110 deficit 1st innings.
With a big lead Devon were able to bat freely, reaching 251-4 in 53 overs before declaring for a second time and setting the home side 361 to win.
Glos’ second innings got off to a bad start losing both openers quickly. Price and Ed Webb (Thornbury) followed soon after to make it 44-4. Garrett dug in at the other end top scoring with 57.
The lower order battled hard with George Drissell (32) (Bedminster) scoring 32 and Belcher making 44 but they couldn’t quite hold on for the draw.
Glos were finally bowled out 144 runs short of their target with seven overs left on the third day.
Gloucestershire Under 10 Boys v Warwickshire Under 11 Boys (at Stratford-on-Avon CC) July 17
- Gloucestershire U10 83 all out (31 overs)
- Warwickshire U11 b84-7 (24 overs)
- Warwickshire won by 3 wickets
Gloucestershire U10s lost for the first time this season after coming up against an older Warwickshire side at Stratford-upon-Avon CC.
The visitors won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to bat on a beautiful sunny afternoon.
Freddie Sharp (Dumbleton) and Max Dunne (Frocester) started cautiously but both fell to some fine in-swing bowling as the score reached 11.
Billy Benson (Dumbleton) and Woody Walker (Cirencester) set about trying to repair the early losses but were dismissed in similar fashion leaving the score on 29-4 after eight overs.
Lysander Tarrant (Bourton Vale) came in and produced a very thoughtful innings to repel the opposition and steadily bring Gloucestershire back in to the game.
Ottie Landale (Cirencester) was dismissed for the first time this summer but this brought captain Luke Hope (Great Rissington) to the crease and he provided a useful ally for Tarrant.
Together they produced a partnership of 22 before the skipper was also bowled to leave the total at 51-6 after 17.
Batters came and left in fairly quick succession but Henry Trotman (Thornbury) held out until Tarrant was finally bowled for a hard earnt 26 and the innings ended in the 31st over with the final tally on 83.
With a below par total to defend the two opening bowlers of Jacob Stevenson (Bristol YMCA) and Trotman needed to be accurate from the off and didn’t disappoint.
A trio of opportunities were not taken but with Stevenson taking 1-9 from his four overs and Trotman recording figures of 2-4 from his four overs, Glos were still in a strong position.
The introduction of Tarrant’s legspin piled the pressure on further and the Warwickshire batsmen had no real answer.
His 2-13 from five overs left the home side in big trouble at 26-5.
But a partnership developed and despite Gloucestershire turning to a succession of different bowlers it was to no avail.
With the runs required coming down running Benson and Hope attempted a late burst and nearly succeeded with one wicket a piece. Warwickshire finally reached their target for the loss of 7 wickets in the 24th over.
Gloucestershire coach Jon Tegg said: “It was very much still a positive outcome for the boys, even though they finished on the wrong end of the result they took on a group of older players and showed fantastic qualities in their resolve and competitiveness. They will only develop and get stronger from this experience.”
Gloucestershire Under 10’s next game is against local rivals Somerset on July 26 at Nailsea CC.
Gloucestershire Under 17 Girls v Somerset Under 17 (at Rockhampton CC), July 12
- ECB Women’s Under 17 County Championship A Division – Group 4
- Gloucestershire 177-8 all out (45 overs)
- Somerset 169 all out (37.2 overs)
- Gloucestershire won by 8 runs
Gloucestershire Under 17 Girls v Devon Under 17 Girls (at Whimple CC), July 14
- ECB Women’s Under 17 County Championship A Division – Group 4
- Devon 99 all out (34.2 overs)
- Gloucestershire 82 all out (30.2 overs)
- Devon won by 17runs
Gloucestershire’s Under 17 Girls enjoyed a mixed week, beating local rivals Somerset but losing to Devon.
In the match with Somerset Glos found themselves in trouble at 6-2.
Opener Alice Hill (22) (Hatherley and Reddings/Bristol Phoenix) and Danielle Gibson (24) (Dumbleton) helped stage something of a recovery.
But it the seventh wicket stand of 70 between Ellie Wookey (Bristol Phoenix) and Natasha Smith (Frocester) that ensured Gloucestershire would post a competitive total.
Coming together at 59-5 the pair batted with maturity and great concentration, Wookey was eventually bowled by Sophie Hamilton for 48 off 86 balls while Smith stood firm with an unbeaten 30 from 60 deliveries.
Chasing 178 to win Somerset reached 28 for 1 in no time. The home side out the bad ball away and were putting the bad ball away well but lost wickets at regular intervals.
The spin of Hill (4-31) and accuracy of Wookey (3-22) proved decisive as they piled the pressure on the away side, backed up by some outstanding fielding.
From 102-7 the Somerset batters Ursula Olsen-Groot (30 not out) and Cassie Coombes (25) put on a partnership that threatened to see their side to victory.
After the second drinks break, with Somerset edging ever closer captain Mollie Robbins (Hanham) brought herself and Eve Alder back (Cirencester) back into the attack but with out any luck.
Gibson and Hill followed and their pace and spin combination did the trick. First Gibson (1-21) struck to remove Coombes and make it 167-9. Then with tension all around, Hill clean bowled Lauren Bowen-Jones to seal the win.
Glos played in another tight game two days later but this time came out on the wrong side of the result against Devon.
Despite losing the toss, Glos reduced Devon to 18-3 as Robbins dismissed the first three Devon batters.
Wickets continued to fall regularly as only Devon’s Stephanie Hutchings offered any real resistance with 24 not out.
Gibson took 2-9 and Emily Wilson (Bristol Phoenix) picked up 2-14 before having to leave the field and go to hospital with a dislocated finger.
Devon were all out for 99 with 42 of these coming from extras
Chasing 100 to win Glos were soon in trouble but at 42-5.
Devon continued to apply the pressure bowling good lines and limiting the scoring.
Batting at six and showing real maturity, Chloe Skelton (32) (Newent) started to hit the Devon bowlers to all parts of the ground to swing momentum back in Glos’ direction.
But wickets continued to tumble at the other end and when Skelton was caught to make it 80-8 it seemed that the game was up. With Wilson unable to bat the next wicket finished the game with Glos still 18 runs from victory.
Gloucestershire Under 12 Boys v Devon Under 12 Boys (at Paignton CC), July 17
- Gloucestershire 253-4 all out (40 overs)
- Devon 112 all out (33 overs)
- Gloucestershire won by 141 runs
Gloucestershire Under 12 Boys recorded their biggest win of the season with a 141 run victory over Devon.
Batting first Glos posted 253-4 with Praneel Choughule (66) (Thornbury), Nick Shubach (37) (Dumbleton), Stanley Brown (74) (Chippenham) and Tommy Boorman (43 not out) (Dumbleton) all making major contributions.
In reply Devon reached 27-0 but then lost wickets at regular intervals.
Wickets were shared among the Glos bowlers with Shay Sainsbury (3-11) (Bristol) Sami Hamid (3-16) (Winterbourne) and Rhys Price (2-18) (Thornbury) the pick of the attack as Devon slipped to 112 all out.
Gloucestershire Under 11 Boys v Devon Under 11 Boys (at Frampton-On-Severn CC), July 17
- Gloucestershire 193-9 (40 overs)
- Devon 195-4 (36 overs)
- Devon won by six wickets
Gloucestershire Under 11s lost a high-scoring encounter against Devon by six wickets at Frampton-On-Severn.
Batting first Glos made 193-9 with seven players scoring more than 15 but no one able to go on and make a big score.
Charlie Brook (22) (Cirencester) and Taylor Ireland (32 not out) (Frocester) were the topscorers, the latter sharing in an eighth wicket stand of 60 with club mate Ben French (16).
In reply Devon were indebted to two partnerships to get them over the line.
Having lost an early wicket Jake Pascoe (34) and Lawrence Walker (80*) added 51 for the second.
Glos made a double breakthrough but with Walker in full flow, supported by Alec Hlifield (49), Devon always looked well in control as the pair racked up a 111 run partnership .
Holifield fell before the end but his side confirmed their six wicket victory with four overs to spare.
Gloucester and the Forest of Dean Under 11s v Cheltenham and Cotswolds Under 11s (at Newent CC), July 18
- Cheltenham and Cotswolds 171-6 (30 overs)
- Gloucester and the Forest of Dean 132-4 (30 overs)
- Match drawn – winning draw for Cheltenham and Cotswolds
Cheltenham and Cotswolds (C&C) Under 11s secureD their first inter-district title with a game to spare after getting a winning draw against Gloucester and the Forest of Dean (GFOD)
On a fantastic day for cricket GFOD won the toss and chose to bowl on a dry looking wicket.
The opening pair of Harry Brownless (Cirencester)and captain Patrick Clarkson (Bourton Vale) made a slow start against the accurate bowling of Dan Kibble(1-10) (Parkend) who was well supported by Lewis Owen (Dymock).
When Brownless was bowled by Kibble, Jack Thorn (Poulton) came to the wicket.
GFOD continued in the same miserly vein tight restricting C&C to 28-1 off 11.
The 12th over was to prove eventful, firstly Michael Nixon(2-22) (Ross) had Thorn caught for 12, then followed up with a great caught and bowled to dispatch Josh Gordon (Charlton Kings). GFOD then completed a team hat-trick, running out Toby Jones (Dumbleton) to make it 32-4 at the end of the 13th over.
However at this point the tempo of the game was to change as Jo Coley (19) (Charlton Kings) hit several quick boundaries. This brought Clarkson to life and when Jo was caught and bowled by Alexander Whitehouse (1-17) (Aston Ingham), the score was 79-5 after 18 overs.
The flurry of wickets brought Dan Lee (Dumbleton) to the crease but the runs continued to flow. Clarkson finished on 75 not out, while Lee was run out on the last ball for 41 and a great partnership of 96.
Clarkson’s innings means he has now amassed 205 district runs at an average of 102.5.
In reply GFOD lost an early wicket to a great running catch by Gordon off spinner Luke Joy (Lechlade).
This bought the hard hitting Caleb White (Kingsholm) to the wicket but a great ball from Henry Medhurst (1-17) (Dumbleton) removed his leg stump. This was quickly followed by a fantastic caught and bowled by Joy (2-16) to remove Jacob Balkwill (Corse and Staunton) and make it 18-3.
Nixon (37) and Jasper Elliott (52 not out) (Corse and Staunton) showed plenty of fight and talent to build a fantastic partnership of 105. This took GFOD to 122 in the 27th over. Bixon fell before the end but by then he had done enough to help ensure his side would secure the draw.
The result means that C&C have reached 42 point for the season and with Bristol beating SSG means that they will top the table regardless of their last match.
Bristol Under 11s v Stroud and South Gloucestershire (at Nailsea CC), July 17
- Bristol 86 all out (20.4 overs)
- Stroud and South Gloucestershire 84 all out (29.2 overs)
- Bristol won by 2 runs
Bristol picked up the final wicket in the last over to win a nail-biting encounter with Stroud and South Gloucestershire by just two runs.
With just SSG needing fiveoff the last six balls Lansdown’s Eric Steady (1-12) held his nerve to take the crucial wicket on the second ball of the over.
Earlier SSG won the toss and put Bristol into bat.
They managed to get out both openers cheaply but recovered through nine-year-old Zaman Shafi and 10-year-old Laurie Wilson.
They took the score on to 46 before Shafi fell for 10. This proved the start of a dramatic collapse, with Owen Peacock (Bradley Stoke) claiming 4-13 from and Joe Eden-Bull (Hanham) 2-3.
Laurie Wilson went for an aggressive and well-made 35 but Bristol could only muster 86 all out in 20.4 overs.
At half time many expected Stroud to romp to victory but Bristol decided to come out fighting.
Short sharp spells by the bowlers paid dividends with wickets being shared around. Harry Tiernan (Nailsea) bowled impressively, taking 3-6 from six overs including four maidens. Tom and Will and Ben Wistow (Bishopston) maintained the pressure, all picking up a wicket each.
Peacock (18) and Lomax (17) (Stroud) batted really well for the visitors. But excellent fielding by Luke Matthews (Keynsham), Tiernan and Barney Poulson (Stoke Bishop) enabled three run outs.
It left SSG needing five runs from the last over with one wicket left. Eric Steady stepped up and delivered a wicket second ball to seal victory by just two runs.