Gloucestershire Under 10 Boys v Gwent Under 10 (at Abergavenny CC) May 8
Gloucestershire U10 232 all out (39 overs)
Gwent U10 52 all out (16.2 overs)
Gloucestershire won by 180 runs
Playing in their first ever county fixture, Gloucestershire U10s showed their potential with a dominant 180 run victory over Gwent.
Runs and wickets were shared throughout the team in an impressive performance at Abergavenny CC.
Having been put into bat on a slightly damp wicket, Gloucestershire made a confident start
With James Austen (Winterbourne) and Gus Roberts (Ross on Wye) running positively between the wickets.
Austen was bowled by a good delivery for 6 and was replaced by Billy Benson (Dumbleton) who played some excellent shots before being run out for 16.
Woody Walker (Cirencester) then showed his power, hitting 8 fours and a six in an innings of 47.
Gloucestershire reached the 14 over drinks break at 98-2, but lost quick wickets immediately afterwards. Roberts was bowled for 27, Walker run out three short of a half century and Luke Hope (Great Rissington) didn’t trouble the scorers.
But the team fought back through Ottie Landale (Cirencester) and Max Dunne (Frocester) who put on 28, to make it 147-6.
Landale played some fantastic shots and ran very well between the wickets, striking seven boundaries in a fine innings of 45.
There was also a kick in the tail, as Ed Johnson (Lansdown) made 15 and the final pair, Spencer Gammon (Whitchurch) and Henry Trotman (Thornbury) – both 8 years old -, scored 18 and 14 respectively in a 10th wicket partnership of 28.
Chasing a mammoth 233 to win, Gwent were pegged back early on by Jacob Stevenson (Bristol YMCA) and Trotman who conceded only 12 runs in the first eight overs.
Stevenson got the break through and from there, a disciplined allround bowling performance saw Gwent crumble to 52 all out. Wickets were shared around with skipper Hope the pick of the bowlers, taking 2-2 from 4 overs.
Manager Eric Woodmason said “This was such a good day. The boys were brilliant in training and I wondered whether they could take that on to the field. They did – and more! They all performed and I’m sure they all got something out of the day and, more importantly, learnt something that will improve their game.”
Photo (L to R)
(back row) Eric Woodmason (manager), Lysander Tarrant, Ed Johnson, Woody Walker, Luke Hope, Billy Benson, Jacob Stevenson, Jon Tegg (coach)
(front row) Gus Roberts, Max Dunne, Spencer Gammon, Henry Trotman, James Austin, Ottie Landale (wk)
Gloucestershire Under 14 Boys v Millfield School Under 14 (at Millfield), May 8
Gloucestershire U14 71 all out (27.3 overs)
Millfield School U14 73-1 (16.2 overs)
Millfield won by 9 wickets
Gloucestershire Under 14 boys will want to put their first game behind them as quickly as possible after they suffered a nine wicket defeat to Millfield School.
Having chosen to bat first, the visitors were reduced to 11-5 as left arm seamer Josh Croome (5-20) ripped through the top order.
Middle order resistance was given by Alex Haynes (15) (Cirencester) and Felix McDermott-Krasker (24) (Charlton Kings) who put on a stand of 31 before wickets began to tumble again.
No other player was able to make it to double figures as Gloucestershire were bowled out for a meagre 71.
Defending such a small target, new ball pair Joseph Cuthbert (Old Bristolians) and Cyrus Shafi (Bristol YMCA) sought early wickets but without success.
A first wicket stand of 55 paved the way for Millfield to chase down their target in 17.3 overs.
Leg spinner James Boyle (Cirencester) (1-12) claimed the sole wicket to fall and bowled with good control on a day of few highlights for the visitors.
The team will be looking to improve in their next friendly at Cheltenham College on Sunday.
Manager Mark Guest said: “The top order lacked the required discipline and patience to get through the new ball and the total was well short of our expectations. With only 71 on the board we didn’t give ourselves much of a choice.
“Next week provides an instant opportunity to bounce back and play with far more intent and application.”