Gloucestershire Under 10 Boys v Oxfordshire Under 10 Boys (at Aston Rowant CC) May 29
Gloucestershire U10 206-9 (40 overs)
Oxfordshire U10 128 all out (39 overs)
Gloucestershire won by 78 runs
Gloucestershire U10s swept aside Oxford U10s, with a 78 run victory at Aston Rowant.
Luke Hope (Great Rissington) lost the toss and Gloucestershire were invited to bat on a green wicket.
James Austin (Winterbourne) and Gus Carini-Roberts (Aston Ingham) made a solid start until the latter was adjudged leg before with the total on 11.
Freddie Sharpe (Dumbleton) replaced him and immediately played some superb attacking shots in an innings of 34, which included sixboundaries.
Austin fell for 17 but Gloucestershire continued to score at six an over with the total reaching 100 in the 16th over.
However, wickets continued to fall but respite came through Hope and Ottie Landale (Cirencester) who added 40 for the 5th wicket.
When Hope fell leg before with the total at 127-5 from 20 overs, it was left to Landale to guide the tail through the 40 overs.
He did this to great effect, supported by Max Dunne (12)(Frocester) and Lysander Tarrant (Bourton Vale) with 18.
But after being starved of the strike in the last few overs Landale was left stranded on 47 not out as Gloucestershire reached a final total of 206-9 in 40 overs.
In the field, Gloucestershire were immediately into the game plan with accurate bowling and tight fielding. After 9 overs, Oxford were 18-3 with Max Trotman (Thornbury) and Jacob Stevenson (Bristol YMCA) each capturing a wicket and Billy Benson (Dumbleton) producing an amazing direct hit run out.
Spencer Gammon (Whitchurch) reduced the home team to 26-4, but then Gloucestershire were held up by Driscoll (41) and Nyarepola (34), who took the total to 97, when Benson bowled Driscoll. The tail crumbled to Tarrant, Stevenson and Dunne as Oxfordshire were eventually all out for 128 in the 39th over.
Gloucestershire manager, Eric Woodmason said: “This was another very effective performance from a team improving by the minute. This was a serious test for them and they came through with flying colours!”
Team Photo: Back left to right: Jon Tegg (coach) Lysander Tarrant, Jacob Stevenson, James Austin, Luke Hope, Billy Benson, Ottie Landale, Eric Woodmason (manager).
Front: Spencer Gammon, Freddie Sharpe, Max Dunne, Freddie Collinson, Gus Carini-Roberts, Henry Trotman
Gloucestershire Under 12 Boys v Somerset Under 12 Boys (at Claverham CC), May 29
Somerset U12s 175-6 (40 overs)
Gloucestershire U12s 100 all out (24 overs)
Somerset won by 75 runs
Gloucestershire Under 12s lost to local rivals Somerset by 75 runs after losing their last eight wickets for 50 runs.
Chasing 176 to win the visitors collapsed from 50-2 to 100 all out at Claverham CC.
Four players made starts but were unable to turn them into major contributions in the face of an imposing target.
Earlier Somerset won the toss and chose to bat.
But they lost an early wicket when Will Gilderson (2-19) (Dumbleton) had Joe Eckland caught by Ollie Elliott (Bourton Vale) for seven with the score on 17.
Ben Chaffey and captain/’keeper James Rew consolidated and added 45 before the former became Gilderson’s second victim – clean bowled for 21.
Rew continued to dominate with Michael McNee (14) playing a supporting role in a stand of 75 for the third wicket.
He went on to make 78 from 93 balls with 12 fours before becoming the first of two wickets for the returning opener Sami Hamid (Winterbourne) (2-11).
Gloucestershire picked up a number of late wickets to stem the flow of runs and leave them needing 176 for victory.
In reply Glos lost Jake Gaskell (Chippenham) early on but rallied through Praneel Choughule 17 and Stanley Brown (18) (Chippenham) who put on 29 for the second wicket.
Choughule became opening bowler Jack Harding’s second wicket with the score on 35 but again the visitors fought back. Brown and Elliott (18) moved the score on to 50 before Brown fell to Charlie Sharland.
This sparked a collapse as Sharland ripped through the middle order taking 5-26.
Nick Schubach (21*) (Dumbleton) provided some resistance but he ran out of partners as Glos slipped to 100 all out.