Gloucestershire Under 11 Boys v Wiltshire Under 11 Boys (at Dumbleton CC), July 20
Wiltshire 182 all out (35.5 overs)
Gloucestershire 183-9 (39.5 overs)
Gloucestershire won by 1 wicket
Gloucestershire U11s held their nerve to secure a nail-biting one wicket victory over Wiltshire off the penultimate ball of the match.
A quick single from Ben McShane (Charlton Kings) sparked relief from the home side as they chased down their target of 183 with one ball to spare.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first Wiltshire had got off to a positive start through opener Spencer.
But it wasn’t long before the break through came, McShane (3-40) picking up the wicket of Ben Howgrave-Graham, caught behind by Ellis Luker (Tewkesbury) for 1 and following it up by clean bowling Spencer.
The away team continued in a positive manner with William Green smashing a quick 35 before being run out by Toby Rice (Lodway).
50-3 soon became 53-4 as Campbell Waight (2) fell to another run out – this time from Jack Studley (Winterbourne).
This brought Joshua Norgrove-Gray to the crease and he looked to play aggressive cricket from ball one, punishing any loose bowling and running well between the wickets.
When he fell LBW to Rice (3-22) for 43 it triggered a collapse that left the visitors on 125-9 as Tommy Boorman (2-24) (Dumbleton) helped himself to a couple of wickets.
The home side were then frustrated thanks to a last wicket stand of 57 between Ethan Teale (33) and William Langdown (12), before McShane returned to finally bowl Wiltshire out for 182 in the 36th over.
In reply Gloucestershire got off to a fantastic start thanks to an opening partnership of 58 between Soban Irfan (43) (Downend) and Luker (18).
Luker was bowled by Howgrave-Graham and three more wickets followed in fairly quick succession.
Hayden Wood (Cheltenham) then came to the crease and played his usual busy innings to put the bowlers under pressure and take the game away from Wiltshire.
He was eventually bowled for 42 to a ball that kept slightly low from Norgrove-Gray.
As the overs began to run out, the nerves increased and wickets started to fall.
But thankfully for Glos McShane kept a cool head to seal the win with a ball to spare.
Gloucestershire coach Olly Ralph said: “It was fantastic to get back to winning ways after Sunday’s defeat to Devon. The lads stuck at the task very well and it shows that we can bat all the way down to number 11 when required! Let’s just say today didn’t do the nerves much good!”
The U11s next game is away against Dorset on Wednesday July 27.
Gloucestershire Under 15 Girls v Somerset Under 15 Girls (at The Brightside Ground, Bristol), July 20
ECB Women’s U15 County Championship U15 A Division – Group 4
Gloucestershire 187-6 (40 overs)
Somerset 190-2 (23.2 overs)
Somerset won by 8 wickets
Gloucestershire Under 15 Girls v Wales Under 15 Girls (at King’s School, Gloucester), July 21
ECB Women’s U15 County Championship U15 A Division – Group 4
Wales 148-9 (40 overs)
Gloucestershire 151-7 (35.3 overs)
Gloucestershire won by 3 wickets
Gloucestershire Under 15 girls bounced back from defeat against Somerset to beat Wales in a County Championship double-header.
In the second of their two games in two days they struck early at King’s School, reducing Wales to 15-2 after four overs with a wicket each for Danielle Gibson (1-18) (Dumbleton) and Naima Milhofer (Frenchay).
The visitors recovered with a third wicket stand of 85 between Alexandra Griffiths (57) and Charlotte Scarborough (32).
But the partnership was brought to an abrupt end when Glos skipper Gibson ran out Griffiths. This proved the catalyst for a Welsh collapse, as they lost eight wickets for 48 runs.
The home side’s excellent fielding was underlined by another run out, this time from wicketkeeper Natasha Wraith (Frenchay) to get rid of Amy Harris for six. There were also several good catches.
Milhofer (2-24) returned to take her second wicket and there was also success for Elle Fleck (2-2) (Dumbleton), Maddie Hughes (1-17) (Frenchay) and Emily Kibble (1-16) (Parkend).
Like their opponents Gloucestershire also got off to a difficult start, slipping to 15-2 before Phoebe Pearce (Charlton Kings) and Gibson (31 off 19 balls) steadied the ship with a 31 run partnership.
When Gibson departed Molly Thomas (11) (Bristol Phoenix) and Wraith (31 off 27 balls) kept Pearce company as the hosts closed in on victory.
Pearce eventually feel for a patient 29 off 105 balls to make it 134-6. They lost one more wicket but 13 not out from Millie Ashford (Corse and Staunton) was enough to take her side over the line on the 36th over.
The previous day U15 Girls were well-beaten by Somerset at the Brightside Ground, Bristol -home of Gloucestershire’s professional team.
Playing in such prestigious surroundings Milhofer (36) and Thomas (11) made an excellent start with an opening partnership of 63.
But when they fell in consecutive overs, and Wraith followed soon after, Glos had some work to do at 73-3.
Gibson’s answer was to play in typically aggressive fashion, increasing the run rate with ease before hitting one in the air to Olivia Hamilton at midwicket off the bowling of Tilly Bond (2-8).
Pearce (11) and Chloe Skelton (47 not out) (Newent) stabilized the innings, the latter playing with real discipline, content to wait for the bad ball and putting it away well.
She added a crucial 44 with Fleck (11 not out) during the last six overs, finishing just three short of her first 50 for the U15s as Glos posted 187-6 off 40 overs.
On a good pitch, with a quick outfield and short boundaries Somerset got off to a flying start, reaching 66-0 before Fleck bowled Bethan Collier (17) in the 11th over.
The brought bring Olivia Hamilton (65 not out) in to join her twin sister Sophie (89) and between them the pair took the game away from Gloucestershire.
The sisters added 85 before Sophie was caught by Pearce off Gibson. But it was too little too late as Olivia Hamilton smashed a four to seal an eight wicket win in the 24th over.
Photo: Back row: Maddie Hughes, Millie Ashford, Helen Cutler, Phoebe Pearce, Ellie Fleck, Susie Hicks Beech Front row: Natasha Wraith, Naima Milhofer, Molly Thomas, Chloe Skelton, Emily Kibble Floor: Danielle Gibson
Gloucestershire Under 17 Boys v Hampshire Under 17 Boys (at Basingstoke CC), July 18-20
ECB Under 17 County Championship 4A Division
Gloucestershire 214 all out (80.5 overs) and 251 all out (97.4 overs)
Hampshire 330 all out (98.3 overs) and 136-3 (35.4 overs)
Hampshire won by 7 wickets
Gloucestershire Under 17s suffered their second defeat of the season, losing a hard fought encounter with Hampshire by three wickets.
Having won the toss Glos didn’t make full use of ideal batting conditions at Basingstoke CC.
At one point the visitors looked well-placed at 71-1 but they collapsed to 102-5.
The top order all got starts including opener Ollie Forbes (26) (Dumbleton) and number three Jordan Garrett (27) (Great and Little Tew) but none were able to convert them into a big score.
Tom Price (37)(Abingdon Vale) and Dominic Hooper (51) (Claverham) shared a stand of 65 for the sixth wicket but Glos were eventually bowled out for a below-par 214 in the 81st over after getting bogged down in the latter stages of the innings.
They responded well and got off to a great start when Hooper bowled Elijah Samuel (4) to make it 6-1.
By the end of the first day the visitors were further rewarded for a disciplined bowling performance, taking two more wickets – one each for Hooper (3-78) and offspinner George Drissell (1-98) (Bedminster).
On day two, in 30 degree heat Glos continued to show great resolve, reducing Hants to 189-8 as the home batters, like their Glos counterparts before them, struggled to turn starts into significant scores.
In contrast the lower order made Glos pay for dropped catches, adding 141 for the last two wickets. Number 10 Chris Searle topscored with 68 as the hosts reached 330, a lead of 116.
Occasional bowler James Palmer (3-46) (Lechlade) eventually finished the innings off, taking three of the last four wickets.
In a tricky session at the end of day two Glos lost a couple of wickets but Jordan Garrett and Tom Price dug in to remain unbeaten overnight.
Price fell early the next morning but Brislington’s under 15 Jacob Reeves batted maturely to support Garrett, making 37 as Garrett went past 50.
After they departed fellow U15’s Sujan Canagarajah (Brislington) and Harry Senior (Dymock) also batted beyond their years to keep Glos going before they were finally bowled out for 251.
This left Hants a session to get 134 and they duly reached their target for the loss of three wickets.
Glos coach Tim Hancock said: “This was a much more encouraging performance than the defeat to Devon the previous week. It was good to see the four U15 players come into a game at this level for the first time and visibly improve over the three days.
“The bowlers learned from the previous game and stuck to the plans for the majority of the game. We lost the match with a below par batting display in the first innings when the wicket was at its best but the fixture was a great learning curve for the players.”
Gloucestershire Under 13 Girls v Somerset Under 13 Girls (at Cirencester CC), July 20
ECB Women’s U13 County League Division A – Group 4
Somerset 60 all out (23.1 overs)
Gloucestershire 61-6 (14.2 overs)
Gloucestershire won by 4 wickets
Nine different bowlers took wickets as Gloucestershire beat local rivals Somerset by four wickets at Cirencester CC.
The remarkable team effort helped Glos bowl their opponents out for 60 in 23.1 overs.
Nine of the 10 bowlers used picked up wickets with Cerys King (Corse and Staunton) claiming two for three as only one batsmen reached double figures.
In reply Glos got off to a disastrous start with the top three making just one run between them as Isla May took 3-17.
But the home side fought back through Zoe Dibble (9) (Apperley) and Betsy Mangan (20) (Charlton Kings) before Beatrix Ellis (11 not out) (Charlton Kings) and King (1 not out) saw their side home in the 15th over.
Team Photo: Back Row Left to Right – Tilly Boyle, Bea Ellis, Issy Carey, Cerys King, Betsy Mangan, Grace Matthews, Katie Boyle
Front Row, Left to Right – Zoe Dibble, Rosie Grist, Molly Bliss, Amy Patterson, Lily Knox
Gloucestershire Under 13 Boys v Wales Under 13 Boys (at Monmouth CC), July 24
Gloucestershire 165 all out (41.4 overs)
Wales 123 all out (33.2 overs)
Gloucestershire won by 42 runs
Kunal Barman took 5 for 8 to help Gloucestershire Under 13s to a 42 run victory over Wales.
The Old Bristolians Westbury bowler ripped through the middle and lower order as the home side crumbled from 88-2 to 123 all out in pursuit of their target of 166.
Spinner Max Shepherd (Bourton Vale) also took 3-20 as only three Welsh batsmen made double figures.
Earlier Glos were bowled out for 165 in the 42nd over.
Max Trotman (Thornbury) topscored with 46 and there were also important contributions from his opening partner Michael Burger (24) (Parkend) and Charlie Davison (28 off 19 balls) (Cirencester).