Jupp and Dryell deliver as Glos finish Sri Lanka tour in style

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Gloucestershire Under 18s v Vidyartha College, at the University Ground, Peradeniya

Vidyartha 214 all out (40.2 overs)

Gloucestershire 217-6 (37 overs)

Gloucestershire won by four wickets

Joe  Dryell (Downend) made a fine unbeaten 62 to ensure Gloucestershire Under 18s finished their Sri Lanka tour unbeaten with four wins and a draw from their five matches.

His first half century of the trip helped the visitors chase down their target of 215 with eight overs and four wickets remaining against Vidyartha College.

The home side won the toss and got off to a flying start through the rotund figure of skipper Gunathilaka. The big man bludgeoned a number of boundaries through and over the leg side to put Glos on the back foot. He also survived being struck on the helmet by Tom Price (Great and Little Tew) and was dropped off Jack Clement in an all-action opening seven overs.

The breakthrough came in the eighth over as Johnnie Gunn (Poulton) capitalised on a breakdown in communication to run out Priyabasan for three with the score on 45. His replacement Prabuda lasted just five balls before falling LBW to Clement (1-24) (Hatherley and Reddings) with only one run added to the total. The game was briefly interrupted when Kiran Chakraborty (Corse and Staunton) dislocated a finger diving in the outfield and had to be taken to hospital.

Vidyartha added 42 for the third wicket before Harvey Jupp (Lechlade) picked up the big wicket of Gunathilaka for 46 (from 43 balls). A wicket for Ollie Price (2-63) (Great and Little Tew) and a second for Jupp put their side in the ascendency with the score on 116-5 in the 21st over. But the home team continued to string together a number of useful partnerships before being bowled out for 214 in the 41st over. Jupp returned tour best figures of 4-48 while George Pritchard (Cheltenham) picked up two wickets in his second spell to finish with 2-31.

In reply Dom Goodman (Chesham) and Harry Senior (Frocester) added 35 for the first wicket before the former – who had struck several imperious fours down the ground – fell LBW to Imantha for 15. Sujan Canagrajah (Bristol) made nine before also falling leg before with the score – which was boosted by a generous helping of wides – on 59 after eight overs.

Senior was now beginning to get into full flow and added 38 with Tom Price before Price became the third man out LBW to make it 97-3 after 13. Senior fell 12 runs later mistiming a full toss from Bandura to present the bowler with a simple return catch.

Ollie Price and Dryell set about repairing the damage, starting out watchfully but increasing in confidence as they got a feel for the conditions. With the game in the balance the home side appeared to bolster their ranks with a number of unannounced “substitutions”. The result of this was the introduction into the attack of two of the better spinners seen on tour.

Dryell and Price (16) combatted them well, adding 47 for the fifth wicket before the latter smashed a full toss down the throat of cow corner off the bowling of Shyamal.  This brought tour topscorer Milo Ayres (Brislington) to the crease. He got off the mark with a trademark six but away from his familiar opening berth he was unable to play his usual expansive game and was bowled by Kasuh attempting a sweep to make it 176-6 in the 30th over.

At this stage the momentum seemed to be with Vidyartha but with new man Gunn resolute in defence and Dryell beginning to go through the gears, Glos fought back. Dryell brought his 50 up off 66 balls and added a couple of classy boundaries – including a big six whipped over the legside – to finish on 62. Gunn – who made a cool and crucial 21 not out – ended the tour in style with his first boundary as the visitors wrapped up a four wicket victory in the 37th over.

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