Mcconkey’s century seals win for Under-14s
A SUPERB century from Ollie Mcconkey (Reading) helped Gloucestershire Under 14s make a winning start to their season with a 135 run defeat of Millfield School.
Mcconkey’s unbeaten 103 off just 91 balls led his side to 281-7 from their 50 overs before the hosts were dismissed for 146 in the 36th over.
Gloucestershire were in trouble at 17-2 before a partnership of 61 between Tommy Boorman (Dumbleton) and Ahmed Syed (Thornbury).
Boorman (51) was caught trying to launch offspinner Farmer down the ground, which brought Mcconkey to the crease and he and Syed added 72 for the fourth wicket before the latter was trapped leg before for a county best score of 44.
Mcconkey held the innings together, bringing up his first county 100 with a boundary. He received good support from Toby Rice (Lodway) who made 21 not out in an unbroken eighth wicket partnership of 43.
In reply Ahmed Tabraiz (1-29) (Pak Bristolians) took a stunning catch off his own bowling to dismiss Davies on the first ball of the Millfield innings.
The second wicket was more fortuitous as Farmer was run out backing up via a deflection from bowler Charlie Brook (2-19) (Cirencester).
But there was nothing fortunate about the next wicket as Brook completed a simple caught and bowled chance to make it 13-3.
Fitch led a fightback but Brook was in the action again in the 10th over when another quick delivery was miscued to Syed to make it 36-4.
Fitch continued to give the bowlers something to think about but with no one able to make a meaningful contribution at the other end the wickets were shared around including two apiece for Syed (2-25) and Jack Studley (2-25) (Winterbourne) who completed the win in the 36th over with the dismissal of Fitch for 69.
Next up for the Under 14s is a friendly v Worcestershire at Stroud CC on May 26.