Gloucestershire Under 15 Girls v Devon Under 15 Girls (at Woodbury CC), June 11
ECB Women’s Under 15 County Championship Division A, Group 4
Devon 102 all out off 38.5 overs
Gloucestershire 103 for 8 off 32.5 overs
Gloucestershire won by 2 wickets
Gloucestershire U15 Girls moved four points clear at the top of their ECB division after winning their second game in a row, away at Devon.
Naima Milhofer (pictured) (Frenchay) took 2-19 and topscored with 22 in a good allround team performance.
Gloucestershire won the toss and struck early, twice through Milhofer and once through skipper Danielle Gibson(2-20) (Dumbleton).
By the end of the 5th over Devon were 15 for 3 but they recovered with a good 4th wicket stand of 36 runs.
Phoebe Pearce (2-20) (Charlton Kings) broke the partnership when she had Rebecca Halliday caught by Milhofer for 29.
From here wickets fell steadily with good fielding contributing to Devon’s downfall. There were two run outs – one from Molly Thomas (Bristol Phoenix) and the second from Gibson
The home side were eventually bowled out for 102 runs in the 39th over.
In reply Gloucestershire attacked from the start but lost wickets at regular intervals. Milhofer and Pearce’s fourth wicket partnership of 20 proved the highest of the innings as a number of player’s made starts but were unable to go on.
Pearce (pictured batting) – who made 17 – helped keep the visitors on course for theoir second win of the season, sharing in stands of 17 with 17 with Maisie Hunkin (6) (Frenchay) and 19 with Chloe Skelton (13) (Newent) of 19, helped bring the game back to Gloucestershire.
When she fell with the score on 87 and two more wickets followed in quick succession it set up a tense finish.
But Ellie Fleck (7 not out) (Dumbleton) and Emily Kibble (4 not out) (Parkend) held on to secure a two wicket win in the 33rd over.
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Gloucestershire Under 10 Boys v Wiltshire Under 10 Boys (at Steeple Langford CC) June 12
Gloucestershire U10 226-6 (40 overs)
Wiltshire U10 107 all out (36.1 overs)
Gloucestershire won by 2 wickets
Gloucestershire U10 recorded their 3rd consecutive victory by more than 100 runs as they crushed their Wiltshire counterparts by 119 runs victory at Steeple Langford CC.
An unbeaten sixth wicket partnership of 101 between Ottie Landale (61 not out) (Cirencester) and Freddie Collinson (23 not out) (pictured)(Gloucester City Winget) helped their side post 226-6 from their 40 overs before bowling the visitors out for 107.
Earlier, Luke Hope (Great Rissington) lost the toss and Gloucestershire were invited to bat.
James Austin (Winterbourne) and Freddie Sharp (Dumbleton) opening for the visitors and put on 21 before Sharp was bowled for 5 by a Yorker from Freddie Higton.
Austin stroked some excellent boundaries and added 36 with Woody Walker (7) (Cirencester) before the latter fell to Charlie Thomlinson to make it 57-2.
Billy Benson (Dumbleton) joined Austin and together they built a third wicket partnership of 48. However, Wiltshire continued to bowl and field with great purpose and with three spinners taking the pace off the ball and frustrating the batsmen, Austin was caught at mid-on for 29.
When Benson was bowled for 40 – which included 7 boundaries – Gloucestershire stumbled from 105-2 to 125-6.
For the first time this season the team were under pressure.
But Landale and Collinson responded magnificently with an unbeaten partnership of 101 in 15 overs.
Landale batted superbly with an innings of 61 not out, which included 10 4s and a six, which coach Jon Tegg describing his innings as “one of the best I’ve ever seen by a 10 year old”. He has now scored 153 runs in three innings for Glos and has only been dismissed once.
Landale was well-supported by Collinson, who scored two boundaries in his 23 not out, helping Gloucestershire reach a total of 226-6 in 40 overs.
Defending an imposing total, Ed Johnson (Lansdown) and Jacob Stevenson (Bristol YMCA) opened the attack for the visitors.
And it was Johnson who took the first wicket in the 5th over with Walker taking a catch at mid-wicket to dismiss Flynn Gunston (5) and make it 13-1.
Wiltshire recovered with some effective batting from the top order, reaching 78-2 from 20 overs thanks to the left hand, right hand combination of Finlay Fielder (18) and Jonathan Sadler (21).
Henry Trotman (Thornbury) broke the 36 run partnership when he clean-bowled Fielder before Hope and Benson entered the attack.
The Wiltshire middle order and tail could not cope with their pace and swing and collapsed from 78-2 to 107 all out. Hope, with 3-7 from 5 overs, and Benson, with 2-9 from 5 overs destroyed the middle order.
Max Dunne (Frocester) only conceded 1 run from 5 overs and leg spinner, Lysander Tarrant (Bourton Vale) then finished the match with a wicket and a brilliant run-out.
Manager Eric Woodmason said: “This is a fantastic group of boys, playing an exciting brand of cricket. They’re great to watch and I’m looking forward to their next match against Devon at Frocester on Sunday July 3.”
Gloucestershire Under 14 Boys v Devon Under 14 Boys (at Seaton CC) June 12
ECB Royal London Under 14 Cup Group 3
Devon U14 208-3 all out (41 overs)
Gloucestershire U14 191-7 (41 overs)
Devon won by 17 runs
Gloucestershire fell 17 runs short of their target as they attempted to chase down 209 in 41 overs against Devon.
The eighth wicket pair of Tim Niblett (20 not out) (Hatherley and Reddings) and Josh Riggs (19 not out) (Thornbury) got their side close with an unbeaten partnership of 34 but ran out of time.
The result means Gloucestershire have now won one and lost one of their opening two ECB Cup fixtures.
Earlier Glos won the toss and chose to bowl first on a damp pitch with plenty of clouds overhead.
But they struggled to put the home side under pressure early on but were gifted the first wicket when poor running allowed Henry Findlay-Wilson to run out Ollie Hanham for 2.
Sam Read (18) and opener Abraham Kopparambil rebuilt before the former became the second man to be run out by Findlay-Wilson.
Inconsistent bowling allowed Devon off the hook again and they reached 106-3 after 21 overs when rain forced an early tea and a reduction in overs to 41 per side.
After the rain delay Devon went on to score 142 in their next 20 overs led by Kopparambil who finished on 100 not out, well-supported by Jack Moore (53).
For Glos only Alfie Lewis (Stapleton) (1-24) (pictured)bowled with any real control.
In reply, Joe Millard (Bedminster) and Tom Quinlan (19) (Bristol) started brightly, with Millard in particular Millard pouncing on any poor bowling.
The pair put on 52 at the required run rate before. Millard was caught trying to force one off Cole Harford for 34.
Findlay-Wilson continued the momentum and looked in good touch, making a well compiled 53 before chipping one to cover. He put on a good partnership with under 13 player Will Naish (23) (Frocester) to leave Glos needing a run a ball from the last 20 overs.
Niblett and Riggs’ partnership left the visitors needing 20 from the last over but they ended up falling 17 runs short.
Gloucestershire Under 13 Girls Development v Millfield School Under 13s (at Millfield School), June 11
Gloucestershire U13 Girls Dev 104-7 in 30 overs
Millfield School105-9 in 22.5 overs
Millfield won by 1 wicket
In a nail-biting game, Gloucestershire under 13s development side just failed to defeat a strong Millfield side who had six county players in their ranks.
Megan McMorris (Dumbleton) took 5 wickets on her birthday as Glos just failed to bowl their opponents out.
Earlier Glos won the toss and elected to bat first.
But the toughness of their challenge was soon evident as they lost three quick wickets.
Gaby Reeves (Poulton) then batted positively before falling for 10, which then led to another cluster of wickets.
Grace Matthews (Cheltenham) then joined Betsy Mangan (Charlton Kings) and they steadied the ship with a sensible partnership, before Betsy was out for 18. Grace stayed until the end to make 13 not out as the total finished on 104-7.
In reply, Millfield were soon on the back foot thanks to some fantastic bowling from Megan McMorris (Dumbleton) and Anabella Phipps.
Megan completed a 5 wicket haul, Anabella Phipps took 1 wicket as did Meghan Edwards (Frocester) thanks to a brilliant catch by Reeves.
Millfield stumbled to 33-7 and the game appeared to be slipping away from them.
But partnerships then started to be formed as run out chances came and went for the Gloucestershire girls. Lily Knox (Frenchay) then grabbed the eighth wicket with over 40 still required but again another partnership formed to take the score to 100.
At this point Rebecca Greenough (Corse and Staunton) grabbed a wicket to set up a tense finale.
But Millfield held on and got across the line with one wicket to spare.