Gloucestershire Under 16 Boys at the Jersey Cricket Festival
A superb century by Callum Loud (Downend) wasn’t enough to stop a combined Gloucestershire Under 15s and 16s losing to Hampshire in their only game of a rain-hit Jersey Festival.
Loud’s 116 - which included 13 fours and three sixes – was the highlight of a week that saw the weather ruin the squad’s first overseas tour.
Torrential rain on the first day of the tournament caused flash floods across the island and the unsettled weather continued for much of the week.
On Wednesday, a T20 match was agreed against Buckinghamshire and Glos restricted them to 40-3 in 13 overs before the rain set in again. Seamers Tommy Probert (Bristol) and Harry Wormwell (Thornbury) took wickets and Vir Lakhani (Bristol)held two good catches before the game was abandoned.
The next day, the match against Oxfordshire was restricted to 40 overs each on account of the conditions and the weather forecast. Despite this measure the game still ended without an innings being completed. After 38 overs Glos had reached a total of 238-7 with skipper Ben Slade (pictured) (Winterbourne) leading the way with a very fine 86 which included nine boundaries. There were also good contributions from James Palmer (39) (Cheltenham College), Benny Ellis (47) (Charlton Kings), Olly Forbes (18) (Dumbleton) and Dominic Hooper (17) (Claverham).
The final day of the festival finally brought some settled weather as Glos took on Hampshire at the well-appointed Grainville ground, the home of Jersey cricket.
Hampshire batted first and Glos struggled to contain their powerful batting line-up. An attack made up of mainly Under 15 players worked hard as Hampshire reached a total of 301-8. Hooper, (3-58), Jono Jamieson-Black (2-58) (Cirencester), and Lakhani (0-44) were the pick of the bowlers.
In reply, the Hampshire opening attack bowled with pace and accuracy to reduce Glos to 7-2. Slade (49) and Ellis (24) got their team back into the game with a partnership of 38 before the latter was caught in the covers. Slade began to strike the ball well and was the dominant partner in a partnership of 41 with James Lifely (13) (Newent). When he was dismissed, Loud joined Slade in a partnership which brought their side back into contention to pull off an unlikely victory. Unfortunately Slade hit a long-hop straight to short fine leg and was caught for 49 with the total on 141-5 from 29 overs.
Loud now opened his shoulders and was well-supported by Hooper. They put on 121 to make it 262-6 before Hooper was caught for 29. Loud charged on, reaching a fantastic century, which included 13 fours and three sixes.
He was finally dismissed for a brilliant 116 in the 46th over with the total at 266. The remaining batsmen, particularly Jamieson Black (12*) and Max Dymocke (10*) hit out to good effect, but couldn’t prevent Glos from finishing10 runs short of their target.
Tour manager Eric Woodmason said: “The weather was very frustrating for the boys, but they were a real credit to the Gloucestershire Cricket Board. I’m sure we could have won the tournament given some fair weather, but it was a great experience and it will be well-worth going again in future years.”
Gloucestershire Under 10 Boys at the Malvern Festival (at Malvern College)
Played 3 Won 2 Lost 1
The Gloucestershire Under 10 Boys finished their season in style with a nine wicket win over London Borough Tower Hamlets at the Malvern Festival.
The Under 10s lost to Staffordshire in the three match tournament but beat Cheshire as they finished with seven victories and three defeats from their 10 matches in 2014.
Coach Jon Tegg said: “If they continue to develop the way they have this season they will be a very good Under 11 team next year.
“When I first started working with them in January you could see they had the potential but there quite a few major areas for improvement. But they have improved throughout the year and the way they have played in the last half of the season – especially at the festival – I don’t think there are many teams that could beat them.”
In the first match of the Malvern Festival Glos batted first against Staffs and were bowled out for 130. Opener Tommy Boorman (Dumbleton) top-scored with 42 and he was well-supported by Rhys Price (20) (Thornbury) in a second wicket partnership of 57. Ollie Elliott (20) (Bourton Vale) was the only other player to make a sizeable contribution as Glos lost their last seven wickets for 31 runs.
In reply Staffs secured a six wicket win off the penultimate ball of the innings. All 10 of Glos’ players bowled tidily with Will Gilderson (Dumbleton) (2-19) the pick of them.
On day two of the tournament Arthur Kane (Dumbleton) continued the Dumbleton domination, taking 4-11 as a Cheshire Under 11 Development team were bowled out for just 85.
In reply, an incredible spell of bowling by Cheshire’s Sulaiman Anis almost brought about Gloucestershire’s downfall but they sneaked home with one wicket to spare. Anis took 5-8 in eight overs as Glos slipped from 34-1 to 56-8. Bradley Stoke’s Praneel Choughule top-scored with 18 but the team needed their last four batsmen to get them over the line. Gilderson (9), Kane (13*), Elliott (9) and Jack Studley (10*) (Winterbourne) all held their nerve to add 30 for the last three wickets and make sure of the win.
On the final day Elliott (34*) and Kane (28*) were again in the runs as the Under 10s beat Tower Hamlets by nine wickets. The pair helped chase down their target of 77 in just 12 overs to cap an excellent season for the squad.
Gloucestershire Under 12 Boys, ESCA West Under 12 Cricket Festival (at Kings College, Taunton )
Played 5 Won 2 Lost 2 Abandoned 1
Gloucestershire Under 12s enjoyed memorable wins over Lancashire and Hampshire but were beaten by Surrey and Devon at this year’s Taunton Festival.
On the first day Glos opener Seb Blake (pictured) (Cheltenham) led the way with 68 as his team made 184-9 from their 50 overs.
He was well-supported by Saxon Campbell (39) (Charlton Kings) and Henry Findlay-Wilson (21) (Frocester) in a solid batting performance.
In reply Glos ripped through the Hants top order as Cyrus Shafi (1-8) (Bristol YMCA), Alex Haynes (2-27) and Max Shepherd (Bourton Vale) (2-21) all made early breakthroughs.
Scores of 46 by number six Tom South and 37 by number seven Max Watson looked like pulling the game back Hampshire’s way but the Glos bowlers maintained their focus to bowl them out for 164.
With rain washing out Gloucestershire’s game with South African school St Stithian’s the boys’ next match came against Surrey on day three.
In a low-scoring match Glos lost by just five runs. Chasing 128 to win Glos suffered two late run outs to be bowled out for 123. Frocester pair Ewen Gegg (24) and Findlay Wilson (19) topscored for Glos but were among a number of batsmen in the match who were unable to go on to a big score after a good start. Earlier Haynes (3-25) was the pick of the Glos attack.
Glos returned to winning ways the following day with a 60 run victory over Lancashire.
Again it was Blake (66) and Findlay Wilson (44) who led the way with the bat as their side made 220-8 in 50 overs. There were also important contributions from Alfie Lewis (24) (Stapleton) and Gegg (19).
In reply Lancs could only reach 160-8. Lewis and Gegg capped good allround performances by taking 3-30 and 2-28 respectively. Haynes also continued his impressive week with 2-16.
The final match of the festival saw Glos take on Devon. Shafi (2-18) and Ollie Louch (2-15) took two wickets each as Devon posted 145-6 in 40 overs. In reply only Findlay Wilson (24) made double figures as Glos were bowled out for 83 as the last seven wickets fell for just seven runs.