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Gloucestershire U14 Boys v Millfield School (away), May 12 2019
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Gloucestershire U14 281-7 (50 overs)
Millfield 146 all out (35.4 overs)
Gloucestershire won by 135 runs

To watch video highlights and to see a full scorecard from this match go to https://www.pitchvision.com/#/pvm/94832

A superb century from Ollie McConkey (Reading) helped Gloucestershire Under 14s make a winning start to their season with a 135 run defeat of Milfield School.

McConkey’s unbeaten 103 – which came off just 91 balls – led his side to 281-7 from their 50 overs before a good allround display in the field saw the hosts dismissed for 146 in the 36th over.

After winning the toss, Glos were in trouble as two wickets for Barney French reduced them to 17-2 after nine overs. But they fought back with a partnership of 61 between Tommy Boorman (Dumbleton) and Ahmed Syed (Thornbury). Opener Boorman had begun watchfully but became increasingly clinical as his innings progressed. At the other end Syed rotated the strike well and the pair looked untroubled until Boorman (51) was caught trying to launch offspinner Farmer down the ground shortly after reaching his 50.

The wicket brought McConkey to the crease and he looked at ease from the start. Playing straight and punishing the bad ball, his innings was a study in controlled aggression from the outset. McConkey and Syed added 72 for the fourth wicket before the latter was trapped LBW for a county best score of 44. With the total on 150-4 McConkey was now in full flow, proving impossible to tie down. Partners came and went but he held the Glos innings together, fittingly bringing up his first county 100 with a boundary. He received good support from Toby Rice (Lodway) who made 21 not out in an unbroken eighth wicket partnership of 43 to help Glos finish on 281-7.

In reply Glos got off to the best possible start when Ahmed Tabraiz (1-29)(Pak Bristolians) took a stunning catch off his own bowling to dismiss Davies on the very first ball of the Millfield innings. Diving one handed to his left Tabraiz held on to a fiercely struck drive inches from the ground to make it 0-1. The second wicket was more fortuitous as Farmer was run out backing up via a deflection from bowler Charlie Brook (2-19) (Cirencester). But there was nothing fortunate about the next wicket as Brook completed a simple caught and bowled chance following a hostile delivery to make it 13-3 two balls later. The counterattacking Fitch led a fightback for the home side but Brook was in the action again in the 10th over when another quick delivery was miscued to Syed to make it 36-4.

Fitch continued to give the Glos bowlers something to think about with some clean hitting but with no one able to make a meaningful contribution at the other end it seemed a matter of when Glos would wrap up the victory rather than if. Wickets were shared around including two apiece for Syed (2-25) and Jack Studley (2-25) (Winterbourne) who completed the win in the 36th with the dismissal of Fitch for 69.

Next up for the Under 14s is a friendly v Worcestershire at Stroud CC on May 26 before the start of their ECB Cup campaign.

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