Gloucestershire Under 15 Boy v Somerset Under 15 Boys (at Frocester CC), July 22 2019
ECB Under 15 County Cup, Group 4A,
Somerset 231-7 (50 overs)
Gloucestershire 235-5 (47.3overs)
Gloucestershire won by 5 wickets
Gloucestershire Under 15 Boys claimed an unassailable lead at the top of their ECB Division with a five wicket win over Somerset.
The result ensures the team secure a home quarter final in the national competition.
They secured top spot after restricting Somerset to 231-7 in 50 overs and knocking them off in the 47th over.
Having lost the toss and been asked to field, Gloucestershire got straight to task when spinner Ryan Kilmister (Dumbleton) had Charlie Sharland caught by Will Gilderson (Dumbleton) with the score on 13.
Wicketeeper James Rew and Adam Rosslee re-established a strong base as both reached their half centuries during a second wicket stand of 109.
Gloucestershire skipper, Sami Hamid (Winterbourne) mixed and matched his bowlers to try and force an error and it was Will Hope (Great Rissington) who made the breakthrough when Rosslee was caught by Joe Durie (Old Bristolians) for 64. 122-2 soon became 148-3 when Praneel Choughule’s (Thornbury) got the crucial wicket of Rew for 55.
Excellent fielding by Gilderson resulted in the run out of Rishi Shimpi (13), which took the visitors to 170-4. Disciplined bowling from the hosts meant that runs were becoming difficult to find and forced errors from the Somerset batsmen. The returning Gilderson removed Ben Chaffey for 25, before Shay Sainsbury was caught by Hamid off the bowling of Stanley Brown (Cheltenham) for 13. Brown struck again before the end as Somerset finished their innings on 231-7.
In reply opening pair Choughule and Hope looked to be positive before the former was undone by a straight one from Jacob Brand for 7. Brown (4) followed soon afterwards for 4 being caught behind off the same bowler to make it 34-2. In response Hope and George Driver-Dickerson (Rockhampton) played with maturity and responsibility to take the game back to Somerset. The pair played some magnificent shots, stroking the ball to all parts of the ground, in a partnership of 125 before Hope was bowled by Max Horton for 80 (94 balls, 15 fours. Driver-Dickerson followed soon after for 56 to bring Nick Shubach (Dumbleton) and skipper Hamid together with the score on 163-4. The pair ran quick singles and rotated the strike putting on a partnership of 21 before Schubach was bowled for 12 by opener Jack Harding. At 184-5 and still needing 47 to win the game looked to be in the balance. But Hamid (31*) and Charlie Brennan (23*) (Bristol) both looked assured at the crease as they chased down their target with three and a half overs to spare.