Syed stars in close clash
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.