Gloucestershire Youth Cricket League Under 11 Final
Dumbleton 147-9 (30 overs)
Bristol YMCA 136-9 (30 overs)
Dumbleton won by 11 runs
Dan Lee was the star of the show, taking 6-4 to help Dumbleton triumph over Bristol YMCA in the Under 11 Gloucestershire Youth League final.
Lee was the tenth bowler used by his team but came on to great effect to rip through the middle and lower order as YMCA fell 12 runs short of their target 0f 148.
Earlier Dumbleton won the toss and got off to a good start through Lee (29) and Rowan Snell (21).
Bristol YMCA bowled well at the beginning and they got their rewards with some tight and accurate bowling. Jacob Stevenson (1-18) bowled tightly and also claimed two runs outs as Dumbleton lost quick wickets.
Billy Benson made 25 as they eventually reached 147- 9 off their 30 overs. Zaman Shari (2-26) and Matthew Shepherd both took two wickets apiece.
In response Bristol YMCA started well with Laurie Wilson (45) holding the innings together against some good opening bowling from both Edward Thompson and Benson.
YMCA continued to bat well with contributions from the rest of the top four – Douglas Brand (15), Daniel Broome (15) and Shafi (24).
But with only 20 runs required in the last five overs the skipper brought himself on and started to tumble.
Lee’s 6-4 in three overs provided a nail biting and fantastically exciting finish with Dumbleton finally coming away with an 11 run victory.
Gloucestershire Youth Cricket League Under 13 Final
Bristol YMCA 116-9 (35 overs)
Dumbleton 64 all out (15 overs)
Bristol YMCA won by 52 runs
Bristol YMCA won the Gloucestershire Youth League final by 53 runs after posting 116 and bowling Dumbleton out for 63 in tough conditions at Stanton CC.
On a wicket that was fairly green after heavy rain, YMCA lost the toss and were asked to bat first.
But they battled hard to compile an opening partnership of 31.
At 60 for 1, opener Joseph Woodworth was trapped LBW by the accurate Ryan Kilmister for a studious 14 and was quickly followed by Krish Manesh for 15.
Two more quick wickets put YMCA in a perilous position at 68-5 but they recovered to 116 for thanks to an aggressive 22 from Fuzael Ahmed and a run a ball 17* from Sam Hygate batting at number nine. Arthur Kane proved the pick of the Dumbleton bowlers, finishing with figures of 3-17.
In reply Dumbleton started brightly and raced to 33-1 in just six overs through some good clean hitting from Kane and Nick Schubach.
Opening bowler Max Murphy then claimed his second wicket to reduce Dumbleton to 35-2.
Dumbleton were more than comfortable with the run rate but continued to lose wickets at regular intervals.
The sixth wicket fell with the score on 62 and from there the YMCA spinners finished the game off in style, picking up the last four wickets for two runs. Manesh claimed 2-4 and Fuzael Ahmed 3 fo-2 respectively as YMCA ran out winners by 52 runs.