Cheltenham Under 15s, Cirencester Under 13s and Thornbury Under 11s have been crowned as county champions after winning their respective UES (Unitary Engineering Services) Gloucestershire Youth Cricket Leagues (GYCL).
Batting first, Cheltenham posted 178-9 from their 40 overs thanks to 52 from Alex Oliver, 45 from George Clarke and 29 not out from Amith James. Opening bowler Sam Dodson was the pick of the Old Bs attack with 4-30. In reply Old Bristolians Westbury started well, reaching 63-1 with 44 from Ewan Yates before losing nine wickets for 35 runs to collapse to 98 all out. Offspinner James completed a fine allround game with 4-23 while medium pacer Ben Markwick returned the impressive figures of 4-11 from his six overs.
Cheltenham were also champions of the Under 17 GYCL which was heavily disrupted by cancellations.
Thornbury Under 11s held their nerve to beat Bourton Vale with just three balls to spare in a thrilling finish to the season. Needing 132 to win, Thornbury reached their target in the final over with Edward Slade (9*) and Peter Howard (4*) at the crease. Earlier Bourton posted a strong total for the loss of just two wickets thanks to 50 (retired) from opener Joe Winder and 34 not out from Thomas Stanley. In response skipper Iwan Price led by example with 42, fellow opener Logden Bowden made 37 and Zain Syed chipped in with 20 to help Thornbury secure the GYCL title.
The Under 13 GYCL was won by Cirencester who finished top of the A League by a single point ahead of Dumbleton. They finished with a record of played five, won two, lost two, one cancelled and were crowned champions by scoring more bonus points than their closest rivals. Their wins included a hard-fought 21 run victory against Charlton Kings and an impressive 118 run win over Thornbury which saw Harry Brownless hit 104 off just 49 balls.