Gloucestershire Under 17 Development Boys, Under 14 Boys and Under 17 Women were all in action this week. Please see their match reports and scorecard links below.
Gloucestershire Under 17 Development Boys v Wiltshire Under 17 Boys (at Cheltenham College), June 24 2019
Wiltshire 116 all out
Gloucestershire 117-3 (24.1 overs)
Gloucestershire won by 7 wickets
Spinner Max Shepherd (Bourton Vale) took 4-21 as took Gloucestershire Under 17 Development cruised to a seven wicket win over Wiltshire.
The left armer the last four wickets to fall as the visitors collapsed from 47-1 to 116 all out after having elected to bat first.
Wilts had recovered well after Adam Hares (1-17) (Bedminster) removed opener William Pritchett (1) with the score on 8. But when Alex Wilson (1-22) (Twyford House) got rid of the other opening batsman Edward Wade (29) it sparked a run of five wickets falling for just 15 runs. Three of those wickets fell with the score on 62 as Alfie Lewis (1-17) (Stapleton), Oliver Wood (1-7) (Cirencester) and Sam Swingwood (2-25) (Monmouth) did the damage. Ben Higton (29) played well to try and keep his side in the game but the introduction of Shepherd ended any hopes of posting a challenging total.
Chasing 117 to win, Glos lost three wickets but the result was never in danger as Ewen Gegg (Frocester) held the innings together with unbeaten 50 from 59 balls (8 fours), supported by 28 not out from Lewis.
Gloucestershire Under 14 Boys v Oxfordshire Under 14 Boys (at Tockington Manor School), June 24 2019
ECB Under 14 County Cup – Group 3
Gloucestershire 137 all out (42 overs)
Oxfordshire 138-7 (46.4 overs)
Oxfordshire won by 3 wickets
Gloucestershire Under 14 Boys suffered a three wicket defeat to Oxfordshire after being bowled out for 137.
The home side were punished for failing to bat their 50 overs as the visitors survived a late fightback to reach their target in the 47th over.
Glos had started well, reaching 38-0 in six overs thanks to a positive partnership between Sam Brooks (22) (Bristol YMCA) and Jack Studley (14). But when both fell in quick succession, it slowed the run rate and put Oxon on top. Ahmed Syed (pictured) (29) (Thornbury) and Soban Irfan (13) (Downend) dug in and repaired some of the damage. After a slow start they had just begun to get the scoreboard moving when both fell to Josh Richardson. And with two more wickets also falling in the same period Glos looked as though they may struggle to post a challenging total.
Smart batting by Charlie Brook (19) (Cirencester) and Toby Rice (19) (Lodway) restored some calm and a score of 160 plus, looked to be on the cards before a flurry of late wickets saw Glos bowled out for a below par 137 in the 42nd over.
In reply Ahmed Tabraiz (1-18 from 10 overs) (Pak Bristolians) and Brook (1-41) both struck early to give their side hope. And Glos continued to chip away at their opponents with wickets at regular intervals. Charlie Allan (2-23) (Thornbury) was particularly impressive and there were also wickets for Irfan (1-11) and Syed (1-14). With seven wickets down and more than 30 runs needed the game was in the balance. But despite some late pressure from Tabraiz and Allan, Oxon held their nerve thanks to a gutsy 36 not out from Charlie Turner.
Gloucestershire Under 17 Girls v Devon Under 17 Girls (at Paignton CC), June 24 2019
ECB Women’s Under 17 County Championship – Division A, Group 4
Devon 124-9 (40 overs)
Gloucestershire 110 all out (30.4 overs)
Devon won by 14 runs
Gloucestershire Under 17 Women made a losing start to their County Championship campaign after suffering a narrow 14 run defeat to Devon.
Bowling first, Glos did well to restrict their opponents to 124 from 40 overs. Regular wickets stopped the hosts gaining any real momentum as Maisie Hunkin (2-20) (Frenchay), Zoe Dibble (3-24) (Apperley) and Bea Ellis (3-21) (Charlton Kings) all contributed with the ball.
In reply, the visitors made a good start, reaching 29 before losing their first wicket. Isobel Patel (14) (Frenchay), Dibble and Cerys King (17) (Corse and Staunton) all reached double figures but with no one able to go on and wickets falling regularly Glos were eventually bowled out for 110.