Bristol Under 14 v Gloucester and Forest of Dean Under 14 ( at Twyford House CC), May 29
Gloucester and Forest of Dean U14s 133 all out (39.4 overs)
Bristol U14 116 all out (25.5 overs)
Gloucester and Forest of Dean won by 17 runs
Gloucester and Forest of Dean (GFOD) produced a brilliant fightback with the ball to seal a 17 run win against Bristol.
Skipper Luke Carr (Gloucester City Winget) was the star of the show, taking 6-28 in seven overs as Bristol slumped from 60-2 to 116 all out.
Earlier, having won the toss and chosen to bowl first, Bristol opening bowlers Will Jones and Luke Nottage (both Bristol CC) started well, restricting run scoring to a minimum.
Jones made an early breakthrough having James Whitmore (Tewkesbury) caught behind for two.
With runs still hard to come by Leon Hartl (Stapleton) was introduced into the attack and picked up the wickets of Will Salter (15) (Parkend), Tim Andrew (15) and Oliver Cook (0) (Aston Ingham) in quick succession.
The dangerous Hamza Shazad (7) (Gloucester City Winget) was also run out in this period as GFOD struggled to impose themselves on the game.
Carr was solid throughout and made a well-earned 12 before Jones returned to have him caught.
Despite two more players reaching double figures no one else could go on and GFOD were indebted to Bristol’s lack of discipline with the ball as 42 wides helped bolster the score.
Nottage (2-14) returned to clean up the tale as the away side finished on 133 all out in the last over.
In reply Bristol got off to a fantastic start thanks to the powerful hitting of Adam Hares (28) (Bedminster) who played some attractive shots all around the ground.
He was supported by club mate Lewis Shean (10) who was taking singles and playing a supporting role.
Hares fell to opener Sam McCormack (Hatherley and Reddings) and JJ Hughes (13) (Old Bristolians Wesbury) suffered the same fate with Bristol on 60.
At this stage the home side still seemed in control but spinner Carr had other ideas. He wasn’t afraid to bowl with some flight and make the home batsman make mistakes. The middle order fell apart, scoring a combined 15 between them as the game hung in the balance.
Cameron Carr (Bishopston) batted with maturity to keep the game alive but when he hit a simple catch to long on for 25, this was the beginning of the end. Jones was the last man to fall for 4 off of the bowling of Carr which gave him figures of 6-28 and Bristol all out for 116.
After the defeat Bristol coach Olly Ralph said: “It’s not often I’m left speechless but today was one of those days! Luke Carr bowled well and made our batsman play some silly shots and we didn’t react to the game situation.
“Luckily we have a game again next week so we can hopefully put things right and get back to winning ways.”
In the other Under 14 district match Stroud and South Gloucestershire recorded an emphatic 82 run win over Cheltenham and Cotswolds.
Wicketkeeper/captain Jonny Peterson (Winterbourne) led by example with 87, while allrounder Ewen Gegg (Frocester) made a useful 51 to help their side to 225-6 from their 40 overs. Charlton Kings pair Jack Hughes (2-39) and Matt Luxton (2-34) both took two wickets each for the visitors.
In reply Matt Long (Charlton Kings) made 40 and a number of other batsmen made starts but they were unable to go on to the big score their team required to chase down the imposing total.
Sam Long (3-24) (Rockhampton) proved the pick of the bowlers as SSG restricted C and C to 143-7 in 40 overs.
After the first two rounds of fixtures GFOD top the league on 16 points followed by Bristol and SSG on 10 each with C&C fourth with six.