Gloucestershire Under 13 Boys, ESCA West Under 13 Cricket Festival (at Kings College, Taunton)
Gloucestershire Under 13 Played 5, Won 2, Lost 3
Gloucestershire Under 13s (pictured) had a mixed time at the ESCA West Cricket Festival at King’s College, Taunton, winning two games and losing three.
The side beat Leinster and Cornwall but lost to Cheshire, Yorkshire and Kent in a week which was as much about development as results.
In the first game Glos played Cheshire, the eventual unbeaten winners of the tournament.
Batting first, Glos reached 40-1 off 17 overs, but were undone by the spin combination of Pugh and Pennington. Offspinner Pugh took 3-19 and legspinner Pennington picked up 3-5 at the other end as Glos collapsed to 104 all out. Theo Hayward (25) (Bourton Vale), Jonny Gunn (15) (Poulton) and Alex Sharam (11) (Cheltenham) were the only three batsmen to make it into double figures.
In reply Cheshire captain, Balderson scored a high quality 63 as his side cruised to an eight wicket victory in 19 overs.
The team reacted well with a 43 run victory over Leinster the next day. Jacob Reeves (Brislington), was promoted to open the batting and top-scored with 42 as Gloucestershire made 207-6. There were also good knocks from Matt Brewer (28) (Bristol), Daz Ahmed (22*) (Bristol YMCA) and Max Tryfonos (30*) (Bedminster).
In reply, Leinster struggled to 80-8, with Daz Ahmed (4-30) and Jonnie Gunn (2-15) ripping through the middle order. But the Irish side fought back to 160 for 8 with sufficient overs remaining to record an unlikely victory. However, Ahmed and Harvey Jupp (1-26) (Poulton) captured the final wickets to secure the win.
Against Yorkshire, the team suffered a 75 run defeat but played much better than the result suggests. They were in the game for long periods and showed real intensity in the field to bowl Yorkshire out for 203. Wickets were shared around with Sharam, Kiran Chakraborty (Corse and Staunton) and Brewer all taking two apiece.
With the bat openers Hayward (25)and Reeves (12) made a solid start and this was backed up by Josh Gray (25) and Brewer (22). But with no player able to convert their start into a big score Glos were always going to find it hard to compete.
At 110-4, they were well-placed to make a serious challenge, but again collapsed in the face of some excellent spin bowling to finish on 128 all out.
In their penultimate match of the festival Glos took on Kent and reached 54-0 thanks to36 from Hayward and 19 from Reeves. But the innings was undone by a brilliant Kent fielding performance which saved countless runs and produced three run-outs. This resulted in Glos being dismissed for 159 in 40 overs, a total their opponents reached in 33 overs for the loss of four wickets.
Glos ensured their week would finish on a high after a convincing 20 run win over Cornwall in their final game. Batting first Reeves scored his first half century in county cricket, finishing with 71 as Glos posted a total of 167-7. Jack Worgan finished a good week, scoring 18* at the end of the innings. In reply Cornwall were restricted to 147-5, with Daz Ahmed (2-32) and Jacob Reeves (2-7) the wicket-takers.
Manager Eric Woodmason said: “It was a mixed festival in terms of results but it was a successful week in terms of the development and learning of the team. They began to understand what’s involved as the brand of cricket they are playing changes and the signs going forward are very positive.”
Gloucestershire Under 11 Boys, ESCA West Under 11 Cricket Festival (at Kings College, Taunton )
Gloucestershire Under 11 Played 3, Won 3, Lost 2
Gloucestershire Under 11s enjoyed a successful Taunton Festival winning three of their five games.
The week began with an excellent five wicket victory over Surrey.
Chasing 165 to win Glos slipped to 50-4 but recovered thanks to 39 from Zach Campbell (Lechlade) and unbeaten scores of 41 and 28 from Kunal Barman (Old Bristolians) and Edward Faulkner-Ellis respectively. Earlier Barman (3-24), Campbell (2-2) and Fuzael Ahmed (2-33) all made important contributions with the ball.
On the second day Barman was again in the wickets taking 4-23 as Glos restricted Cornwall to 107-9. The other star of the show was Max Shepherd (Bourton Vale) who recorded the incredible figures of taking 9 overs 8 maidens 1 run and 4 wickets, Cornwall got 107-9.
In reply Shepherd capped a fine allround performance by top-scoring with 29 as Glos cruised home by nine wickets.
Against Kent, Glos slipped to their first defeat of the week as they failed to chase down their target of 150. Freddie Merrett (Lechlade) made 36 and Shepherd 32 but with six batsmen being dismissed for ducks they fell 58 runs short.
The team bounced back against Berkshire after a difficult start. The Glos batsmen were struggling at 80-6 before a partnership between Tom Beattie (12) and Kunal Barman (53) - making his first half century for the county - got their team to 153-8.
Campbell then ripped through the Berkshire batting line up taking 4-6 as to bowl them out for 75.
On the last day Glos lost to the tournament winners Lancashire. Batting first they made just 89, a score their opponents knocked off with six wickets and plenty of overs to spare.