Gloucestershire Under 12 Boys v Wiltshire Under 12 Boys (at Potterne CC), July 2 2019
Gloucestershire 193-8 (40 overs)
Wiltshire 173 all out (39.1 overs)
Gloucestershire won by 20 runs
Thornbury’s Zain Syed struck a sparkling 78 to lead Gloucestershire Under 12s to a 20 run win over Wiltshire.
Opening the batting, Syed struck 14 fours and a six in a classy innings that helped his side to a total of 193-8 from their 40 overs.
Gloucestershire’s bowlers then held their nerve to bowl their hosts out for 173 in the final over of an entertaining contest.
Having won the toss and elected to bat Glos suffered an early blow as they were reduced to 12-1. But they recovered through a series of partnerships held together by Syed who played superbly throughout. The biggest of these was a third wicket stand of 42 with club teammate Iwan Price (12). When Syed was finally dismissed with the score on 117-5 he had made two thirds of his side’s runs, taking 93 balls for his 78. His departure – which was the second wicket to fall in quick succession – put the Glos innings back in the balance. But again the visitors rose to the challenge as Archie Newton (22 from 24) (Bristol YMCA) and Henry Snow (21) (Dumbleton) added a crucial 41 for the sixth wicket. They were well-supported by quick-fire contributions from Henry Trotman (10) (Winterbourne) and Spencer Gammon (Whitchurch) who struck 15 off just six balls – including 3 fours – to help his side post 193-8 from their 40 overs.
In reply, Wiltshire made a solid start, reaching 20-0 but lost two wickets without adding to their total as Trotman bowled Shardlow (12) and Sam Gregory (Frocester) ran out the other opener Welsh (5). This brought Wilts skipper Sam Ashman to the crease and he scored the lion’s share of the runs in a third wicket stand of 29 before his partner Thirumala (4) became the first of three victims for Henry Snow (3-25). Thirumala’s replacement, Carroll, couldn’t get going and was eventually put out of his misery by Frocester’s Archie Baker for a 15-ball stay that yielded just 1 run to make it 57-4. But with Ashman at the crease Wilts were still in the game and beginning to increase their run rate in ominous fashion. The Glos bowlers stuck to their task and stemmed the flow of runs with wickets at regular intervals. Baker (3-32) picked up two of these including the key one of Ashman who departed for an excellent run-a-ball 64 to make it 125-7. The lower order continued to fight on, scoring their runs at a healthy rate to stay in the game. Snow returned to take two more wickets but the match still came down to the final over with 20 runs needed for Wilts with one wicket remaining. On a small ground, the game was far from over but it was emphatically ended one ball later as the returning Trotman had Joe Malherbe caught by Syed to wrap up a hard-earned win.
Gloucestershire Under 17 Boys Development v Devon Under 17 Development (at Great Rissington CC), July 2-3 2019
Devon 1st inns 345-3 dec (66 overs) & 2nd inns 71-6 (24. 3 overs)
Gloucestershire 1st inns 83-2 dec (36 overs)& 2nd inns 316 all out (78.4 overs)
Devon won by 17 runs
Gloucestershire Under 17 Development fell to a 17 run defeat to Devon in spite of a superb century by 14-year-old Tommy Boorman (Dumbleton).
The opener made 101 as his side fell just short of their second innings target of 334 in the two-day game at Great Rissington CC.
On day one, Devon batted first and racked up a dominant 345-3 declared in 66 overs. Opening bowlers Alex Wilson (1-55) (Twyford House) and Oliver Wood (2-41) (Cirencester) were the only wicket-takers as Glos were made to toil in the field. Devon skipper Joe Du’ Gay topscored with 131 and Cameron Kidd made an unbeaten 85 from 80 balls to post a strong first innings total.
In reply, Boorman made 45 and Ewen Gegg added 26 not out as Glos declared on 83-2 after 36 overs to try and set the match up. Devon responded by scoring 71-6 and declaring in the 25th over to give Glos a target of 334 to chase. Wickets were shared around with left arm spinner Max Shephard picking up 2-18 as Devon reshuffled their batting line-up.
In the second innings run chase, Gloucestershire saw off the opening bowlers and reached 37 before Praneel Choughule (Thornbury) became the first of six victims for Josh Farley when he was clean bowled for 6. Boorman and Gegg then combined for the second time in the match, this time adding 124 before Gegg became the second wicket to fall for a well-made 57. Boorman continued to play fluently for a deserved hundred that included 14 fours. He fell soon after bringing up the milestone to leave Glos on 193-4 with two new batsmen at the crease. Max Trotman (44) (Twyford House) and Owen Lingard (36) (Winterbourne) put their side back on course with a partnership of 71. But when the latter fell with the score on 264 it sparked a collapse that saw four wickets fall for 11 runs. Wood (24) and Sam Swingwood (9) (Monmouth) staged a late fightback with a stand of 33 but it proved in vain as Glos were eventually bowled out for 316 in the 79th over.