Mc­conkey’s cen­tury seals win for Un­der-14s

Gloucestershire Echo - - CRIKET -

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.

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