Cheltenham Under 15s, Dumbleton Under 13s and Hatherley & Reddings Under 11s have been crowned as County Champions after winning their respective Gray-Nicolls Gloucestershire Youth Cricket Leagues (GYCL).
Hatherley & Reddings crowned Under 11s Champions
The visitors Rockhampton, winners of the GYCL Southern League took early advantage and won the toss putting the home side into bat. Whilst tight fielding and an excellent opening spell from W Stowell seemed to keep the opening pair at bay, it didn’t take long for Bertie Michael and Max Denny (Wk) to find their stride with the partnership ending on 56, Isaac Ahmed made the first break through after a strong 23 from Denny. Michael continued his 2019 season form with a characteristically classy 76 supported by Henry Driver-Dickerson and his usual quick fire, hard hitting and impressive batting- scoring 55 off 36 balls. When Michael was caught by Shiranj Praveen and Alex Twinning was run out, it was Joseph Tutty and Josh Bray who maturely looked after their wickets to take the home team to 230 for 5 off their 30 overs.
It was always going to be a herculean total to achieve for the visitors and in the face of the bowling attack Rockhampton struggled to find rhythm. Harrison Tegg replicated his seasons form with 5-15 off his 5 overs, Oscar Waller (4-0-13-0), Toby Downham (4-2-4-1), Josh Bray (1-0-5-1) and Archie Jackson (4-1-13-0) bowled tightly keeping all but one batsman in single figures, despite the stalwart 12 not out from Isaac Ahmed it was not going to be Rockhampton’s day. Two sensational catches from Henry Driver-Dickerson saw the fall of Leo Bloodworth and Ollie Young and accurate fielding produced run outs for Michael & Twinning. The final wicket fell fittingly to James Burton (captain) continuing his consistent GYCL bowling figures with his first and only ball of the innings taking the wicket of Louis Warren to a great catch from Downham securing Hatherley victory leaving Rockhampton all out for 60 after 18.1 overs.
Dumbleton go unbeaten to secure Under 13s crown
The performance league, new in 2019, was set up to make the 35 over league more competitive and gave clubs the option to sign up to either the performance league or continue with the previous North or South league format. The champions of the two leagues would meet at the end of the season.
The performance league would have no one off fixture at the end, but have 10 teams playing each other once over the season to eventually have a league champion. All sides would play 9 x 35 over fixtures and receive points for winning, drawing, losing, batting and bowling. This would pitch the best club sides against each other over the season and improve the standard of cricket. This was certainly evident in the fixtures that came around and some of the performances, both individually and collectively from all 10 sides were outstanding.
By the end of the season Dumbleton had played 9 and won 9 (7 x wins and 2 x conceded) and amassed a fantastic 96 points. Coach Anthony Rollinson said…
It was fantastic to play sides in this format that they had never faced before, whilst visiting new grounds to further enhance their passion for the game. Most pleasingly, key batting and bowling performances were shared out, so a real squad performance. Credit must also go to the parents for all their time, effort and commitment in driving their children all over the County.
Cheltenham land Under 15s title
The U15 competition was divided into two geographical leagues (North and South), with the winners of each due to play each other in a final. Unfortunately, Thornbury were unable to raise a side for the final, which saw Cheltenham crowned champions. Despite this, both clubs were unbeaten in their respective area leagues and their were many performances of note, with both bat and ball…
Overall Champions and North League Winners – Cheltenham – played 4 won 4, 46 points
Ollie Elliot, 65 v CKCC and 56 v Ciren
Stanley Brown 41 v Ciren
Alex Oliver 3-14 v CKCC
Aatrey Sugur 5-23 v Ciren
South Leagues Winners – Thornbury – played 3 won 3, 35 points
Ahmed Syed, 84 v W’bourne
George Driver-Dickerson 78* v W’bourne
Alex Riggs, 65* v YMCA
Jamie Clarke 2-9 W’bourne
Louie Bowden 2-4 v W’bourne
The Gloucestershire Cricket Board would like to thank all clubs who entered Gloucestershire Youth League Competitions this summer and congratulate the many exceptional performances across all leagues.
To ensure the continual development of the Gloucestershire Youth Cricket Leagues, we invite clubs and players to have their say by providing feedback on their experiences this summer to league leads.