Gloucestershire Under 15 Boys v Somerset Under 15 Boys (at Cleeve CC), June 24 2019
ECB U15 Cup –Group 4A
Somerset 147 all out (40.5 overs)
Gloucestershire 148-3 (37.3 overs)
Gloucestershire won by 7 wickets
Gloucestershire Under 15s extended their lead at the top of their ECB Cup group with a comprehensive seven wicket victory over Somerset.
Rockhampton’s George Driver-Dickerson scored a mature half-century to help his side chase down the 148 needed in the 38th over.
Earlier Will Gilderson (pictured) (Dumbleton) and Stanley Brown (Cheltenham had taken three wickets apiece to bowl Somerset out for 147 and put Glos four points of their nearest rivals in Group 4A.
Somerset won the toss and looked to have made the right decision in batting first, as they reached 45 without loss. But the opening partnership was broken by a run out from Joe Durie (Old Bristolians Westbury) which saw Josh Thomas depart for 12. Brown then picked up the first of his wickets, removing the other opener James Rew (24) to make it 45-2 with two new batsmen at the crease.
Brown (3-13) struck again soon after, clean-bowling George Thomas (3) to leave Somerset wobbling on 58-3. They arrested some of Gloucestershire’s momentum with a 27 run partnership for the third wicket and looked to be right back in the game when Dhurv Parashar (30) and Callum Harvey (20) added 43 for the fifth wicket. But the return of fast bowler Gilderson did for both batsmen in quick succession as he set in motion a collapse that saw Somerset go from 128-4 to 147 all out. Gilderson (3-19) picked up three of the wickets, supported by Brown, Oliver (1-37) and Praneel Choughule (2-35).
In reply, Gloucestershire started confidently as Nick Schubach (Dumbleton) and Choughule added 29 before the latter was run out for 10 by Davis Trego. Glos rebuilt but were undone by another run out from the same fielder. This time Schubach was the victim, departing for 29 to make it 64-2. When Brown was dismissed by Parashar the visitors still needed 56 but they avoided a fate like that of their opponents thanks to a calm innings by Driver-Dickerson. He made a determined 51* from 104 balls as he and captain Sami Hamid (19*) (Winterbourne) saw their side through to a comfortable victory.