Gloucestershire Youth Cricket League Under 15 Final
Downend Under 15 v Leadon Young Cricketers Under 15
Leadon Young Cricketers 280-9 (40 overs)
Downend 203 all out (23.1 overs)
Leadon Young Cricketers won by 77 runs
Leadon Young Cricketers were crowned county champions after delivering a stellar performance in the GYCL final against Downed.
Kiran Chakraborty was the dominant batsman, scoring 114 to set up a 77 run victory over their hosts.
Chakraborty was well-supported by captain Harry Senior (54) and Ed Aston (66), as the visitors posted a challenging total of 280-9 despite a late collapse instigated by spinner Joe Dryell (4-13).
Dryell then led the chase with a fine century of his own. But Downend wwer always a little behind the required run rate before and were eventually derailed in the final stages by the spin of Sam Mattingley (4-27).
Earlier in the day Downend had won the toss and asked Leadon YCs to bat.
Harry Senior (54) and Kiran Chakraborty (114) set an impressive pace at the top of the innings, despite some challenging bowling from Ollie Louch.
A lightning fast outfield and a batters’ wicket helped, but both batsmen hit the ball hard and ran well between the wickets as they scored at more than 7.5 runs per over.
The first wicket fell in the 18th over with the score on 138 as Senior caught on the long off boundary by Lawrence off the bowling of Hamdi Saleem (1-40).
Chakraborty responded by seeking to further dominate the bowlers. He was particularly strong hitting over the leg side and played a series of wristy drives through the covers on his way to three figures. He hit a total of four 6s and fifteen 4s, before falling to the accurate medium pace of Micah Gayle (1-12) with the score on 205.
At this point Ed Aston took up the cudgels, smashing four huge sixes over the neighbouring houses in an innings of 66 which took fewer than 10 overs.
At 260 for 3 from 33 overs LYC looked set for a huge total before Downend fought back.
Extracting turn from the wicket and maintaining an excellent line Dryell picked up 4-13 in seven overs. He was well supported by Mahdi Saleem (3-60) as the visitors lost six wickets going from 260-3 to 270 before finishing on 280-9.
In reply Downend were restricted to 60-3 from the opening 12 overs.
Jack Worgan (1-16) set the tone, bowling an excellent length at a challenging pace. He was backed up by Jacob Wise (1-42) who got some early swing.
Joe Dryell once again set about trying to turn the match in Downend’s favour with a series of silky off-side drives and some powerful pull shots whenever the bowlers dropped short.
He found support from George Duggan (35) and later in the innings by Louch (16).
The LYC bowlers were determined to maintain their hold and did so through Chakraborty (1-37) who slowed the run rate and Matt Barrett (1-17) who bowled the belligerent Duggan to make it 156-5. The LYC bowlers were well-supported by excellent fielding throughout as the visitors through themselves around to prevent boundaries..
With the run rate climbing into in double figures, LYC skipper Senior opted for spin at both ends.
And it paid off as off spinner Mattingley used his variations to claim four victims.
Leg spinner Ollie Aston then sealed a 77 run victory with the prized wicket of Dryell – caught at long on by Mattingley for 101
LYC coach York Senior was delighted with his side’s achievement.
He said: “The majority of this team has been together since they played in the under 10 Tournament at King’s School Gloucester in 2011. They have shown great loyalty to Leadon Young Cricketers, training together in the winter and committing whole heartedly to the games in this competition over a number of years. I’m really pleased that they have something to show for their efforts.
“Thank you to Downend Cricket Club for being such great hosts and well done to both sides on producing such a good game, and one played in a great spirit”.