Syed stars in close clash

Gloucestershire Echo - - CRICKET -

THORN­BURY’S Zain Syed struck a sparkling 78 to lead Glouces­ter­shire Un­der 12s to a 20 run win over Wilt­shire.

Opener Syed struck 14 fours and a six that helped his side to 193-8 from their 40 overs.

Glouces­ter­shire’s bowlers held their nerve to bowl their hosts out for 173 in the fi­nal over of an entertaini­ng con­test.

Hav­ing won the toss and elected to bat Glouces­ter­shire were re­duced to 12-1 but re­cov­ered through a series of part­ner­ships held to­gether by Syed who played su­perbly through­out.

The big­gest was a third wicket stand of 42 with club team­mate Iwan Price (12).

When Syed was dis­missed with the score on 117-5 he had made two thirds of his side’s runs, tak­ing 93 balls for his 78.

His de­par­ture – which was the sec­ond wicket to fall in quick suc­ces­sion – put the Glouces­ter­shire in­nings back in the bal­ance.

But again the vis­i­tors rose to the chal­lenge as Archie New­ton (22 from 24) (Bris­tol YMCA) and Henry Snow (21) (Dum­ble­ton) added a cru­cial 41 for the sixth wicket.

They were well-sup­ported by quick­fire con­tri­bu­tions from Henry Trot­man (10) (Win­ter­bourne) and Spencer Gam­mon (Whitchurch) who struck 15 off six balls to help his side post 193-8 from their 40 overs.

Wilt­shire made a solid start, reach­ing 20-0 but lost two wick­ets with­out adding to their to­tal as Trot­man bowled Shard­low (12) and Sam Gregory (Fro­ces­ter) ran out the other opener Welsh (5).

This brought Wilts skip­per Sam Ash­man to the crease and he scored the lion’s share of the runs in a third wicket stand of 29 be­fore his part­ner Thiru­mala (4) be­came the first of three vic­tims for Henry Snow (3-25).

Thiru­mala’s re­place­ment, Car­roll, couldn’t get go­ing and was put out of his mis­ery by Fro­ces­ter’s Archie Baker for a 15-ball stay that yielded just one run to make it 57-4.

But with Ash­man at the crease Wilt­shire were be­gin­ning to in­crease their run rate in omi­nous fash­ion.

The Glouces­ter­shire bowlers stuck to their task and stemmed the flow of runs with wick­ets at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals.

Baker (3-32) picked up two of these in­clud­ing the key one of Ash­man who de­parted for an ex­cel­lent run-a-ball 64 to make it 125-7.

Snow re­turned to take two more wick­ets but the match came down to the fi­nal over with 20 runs needed with one wicket re­main­ing.

The game was em­phat­i­cally ended as the re­turn­ing Trot­man had Joe Mal­herbe caught by Syed.

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