Stroud and South Gloucestershire v Gloucester and Forest of Dean Under 15 (at Chipping Sodbury CC) May 15
Gloucester and Forest U15 115 all out (36.1 overs)
Stroud and South Glos U15 117-7 (29.2 overs)
Stroud and South Glos won by three wickets
Stroud & South Gloucestershire (SSG) U15s survived a late batting collapse to beat Gloucester and the Forest of Dean (GFOD) by three wickets in their first match of 2016.
Chasing 116 to win, the home side were cruising at 86-3 but lost four quick wickets before holding their nerve to their target.
Earlier in the day GFOD skipper Jack Knox (Lydney) won the toss and elected to bat.
SSG u15 opening bowlers Simran Sond (3-12) (Thornbury) and Joe Buckland (Hanham) started with tight lines and kept restricted the visitors to 21-1 after 10 overs.
Kiran Chakraborty (Corse and Staunton) was dropped first ball but went on to score 40 in GFODs biggest stand of the match with Jack Weaving (24) (Ruardean Hill)
SSG turned to spin in the form of Sam Manning (3-40) (Downend) and it brought about the moment that changed the match.
With Chakraborty on 40 he hit Manning straight back over his head. Most people thought it was a six but a spectacular diving catch by Buckland had parents from both sides on their feet clapping – as well as players from adjoining pitch .
From 86-3 GFOD collapsed to 115 all out as spin from George Hayman (2-16) (Hanham) and the return of the opening bowlers did the damage.
The SSG got off to the worst possible start when Will Phillips (Chipping Sodbury) was dismissed from the first ball of second over.
This brought together Mahdi Saleem (10) (Downend) and Hayman (32) together and they pushed the score along until the former was well caught at slip at 3rd attempt by Knox.
SSG regrouped through Zak Hamid (32) (Winterbourne) and reached 86-3 at drinks.
The spin of Chakraborty (3-25) and Knox (2-10) brought four wickets in as many overs but a sensible innings from Nicky Shine (20 not out) (Downend) saw SSG home.
Cheltenham and Cotswolds Under 15 v Bristol Under 15 (at Woodmancote CC) May 15
Cheltenham and Cotswolds 213-5 (40 overs)
Bristol 209-5 (40 overs)
Cheltenham and Cotswolds won by five wickets
Max Regan struck a boundary off the last ball of the match to take Cheltenham and Cotswolds to a thrilling five wicket win over Bristol.
The Dumbleton man finished unbeaten on 35 and Archie Yearp (Charlton Kings) made 29 not out to help their side chase down the 210 needed to win.
Their task had looked tough with nine overs and needed 55 to win. The pair showed tenacity in the face of some tight bowling and brought the runs required down to 31 needed with four overs left.
A mix of maturity, good running and hard hitting meant that the pair needed needed seven of the last over. The first ball of the over was dispatched for 4 by Regan, a single, a dot,a single and another dot followed to leave the match tied with a ball left. Regan duly beat the close ring of fielders to score a boundary and claim a fantastic victory to loud cheers from team mates and parents.
Earlier Bristol won the toss and decided to bat.
Accurate bowling from Josh Mill (2-33) (Cheltenham) and captain James Newman (Poulton) restricted Bristol to 19-0 after 10. The introduction of Jack Romanek (Langford) saw the first wicket fall in the 15th over.
At 20 overs Bristol had reached 65 and we’re looking to accelerate. But drinks bought a wicket for leg spinner Fin Thompson (Charlton Kings) who had Ben Jarman (Bishopston)
caught by Alex Sharam (Cheltenham) for 28.
This led to a partnership of 126 between Max Tryfonos (70 not out) (Bedminster) and Angus Bennett (Nailsea) who ensured their side posted an imposing 209-5.
In reply C&C lost an early wicket but Mill (40) and Elliot Hayward (36) put together a strong partnership until Mill (40) was deceived by the spin of Ahsaan Butt (3-18) (Bedminster) with the score on 94 in the 18th over.
This bought the hard hitting James Newman (31) to the crease and C&C continued the momentum until Butt struck again taking the wicket of Hayward played on for 36, with the score on 129 off 25 overs.
When Newman also fell the game looked to have swung Bristol’s way but Regan and Yearp held their nerve to secure a memorable victory.
Bristol Under 14 v Stroud and South Gloucestershire Under 14, May 15
Stroud and South Glos U14 188-6 (40 overs)
Bristol 115 all out 192-4 (34.2 overs)
Bristol won by six wickets
Bristol Under 14s got there season underway in fine style with a six wicket win over Stroud and South Gloucestershire (SSG).
JJ Hughes (48) ( Old Bristolians) and 32 not out from YMCA’s Cameron Carr helped their side chase down their target of 189 inside 35 overs.
After winning the toss SSG got off to a shaky start losing the wickets of both openers inside the first three overs – both falling to the accurate bowling of Will Jones (2-11) (Bristol).
This brought Frocester pair brought Jock Catto and Ewen Gegg to the crease and they rebuilt the innings, punishing any loose bowling.
Gegg was eventually cleaned bowled by Harry Drissell (Bedminster) the ball after reaching his 50. Catto (66) continued his innings nicely with support from Max Curtis (Old Down) who played really well for his 30 before both batsmen were run out in the final over.
In reply Bristol got off to a fantastic start thanks to Drissell (24) and Henry King (24) with both batsman playing some fine shots all around the wicket.
Drissell was caught and bowled by Curtis off a leading edge but JJ Hughes came in at three and continued the Bristol momentum.
King was run out for 24 but Cameron Carr came to the crease and showed great maturity in rotating the strike as well as punishing anything loose.
At the other end Hughes was looking set to register his half century before getting bowled by Downend seamer Ollie Louch for a fine 48.
His replacement, Christian Pestell (Bristol YMCA) looked in no mood for hanging around, smashing six 4s in a blistering knock of 31, before holding out to cover off Gegg, who had with 10 still needed to win.
Any fears of a late collapse were put to bed as Adam Hares (Bedminster) hit consecutive boundaries from the first two balls of the 35th over to see Bristol over the line
After the win Bristol coach Olly Ralph said: “It was really pleasing to get the season off to a winning start, and instill that winning mentality amongst the squad. Hopefully we can continue this throughout the summer and play some entertaining cricket “.
“Today was a fantastic team performance, and the batting unit looked solid and showed a great maturity in all getting runs.”
In the other Under 14 match Gloucester and the Forest of Dean (GFOD) secured a winning draw against Cheltenham and Cotswolds. GFOD posted a commanding 248-9 and restricted their opponents to 176-6 in reply.
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