Gloucestershire Under 15 Boys v Berkshire Under 15 Boys (at Wokingham CC), June 9, 2019
ECB County Cup Group 4A
Berkshire 104 all out (46.1 overs)
Gloucestershire 107-3 (24.1 overs)
Gloucestershire won by 7 wickets
Gloucestershire Under 15 Boys v Cornwall Under 15 Boys (at Newent CC), June 2, 2019
ECB County Cup Group 4A
Gloucestershire 289-7 (45 overs)
Cornwall 155 all out (39.4 overs)
Gloucestershire won by 134 runs
Gloucestershire Under 15 Boys moved to the top of their ECB Cup group with two emphatic wins from their opening two matches.
Against Cornwall George Driver-Dickerson (Rockhampton) made his maiden county century – 100* – from just 89 balls to help his side post 289-7. Coming in at number four shared in a third wicket stand of 75 with opener Praneel Choughule (74 from 83 balls) (Thornbury). There was also an important contribution of 37 from 19 balls from Joe Durie (Old Bristolians Westbury) towards the end.
In reply Cornwall made a positive start, reaching 48-0 but collapsed from 125-2 to 155 all out. Fast bowler Charlie Brennan (Bristol) took 4-23 and there were two apiece for Choughule (2-32) and Will Hope (Great Rissington) (2-31).
Against Berkshire, Glos lost the toss on a used pitch and were asked to bowl. They made a perfect start through spinner Ryan Kilmister (Dumbleton) who took a wicket in the very first over of the game, dismissing Rhys Lewis without troubling the scorers. Bowling was always going be hard work, on a lifeless pitch but Brennan used his pace to upset the batsmen before being replaced by Rhys Price (Thornbury) who bowled an excellent spell, and made it 30-2 when he had Ishaq caught by Oliver Elliott (Cheltenham) for 15. Price ended with 1-6 from six overs, including three maidens. Berkshire wickets fell at regular intervals from then on including an excellent run out from Sami Hamid (Winterborne) and an athletic catch by Brennan, off Alex Oliver (1-20) (Tewkesbury) to make it 44-5. Now under pressure the hosts continued to lose regular wickets as Choughule (2-11) and Hope (2-12) both chipped in with a couple of wickets each. Berkshire were eventually bowled out in the 47th over for 104.
Chasing 105 to win, Gloucestershire got down to business quickly, scoring five an over for the first 6 overs, with Choughule and Hope looking comfortable. Choughule was the first man out – bowled for 30 – but Hope continued to lead the charge before being run out for 48. Glos reached their target three wickets down to move to the top of their ECB cup group with a 100% record from their first matches.
Captain Sami Hamid said: “It was a good performance by the lads this afternoon. We had excellent presence in the field and from the first ball we took the game to them, putting them under pressure. There is still work to do and we can get better. Next week we play Wiltshire, where we hope to improve still further.”