Home quar­ter-fi­nal as county se­cure top spot

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GLOUCES­TER­SHIRE Un­der 15 boys claimed an unas­sail­able lead at the top of their ECB Di­vi­sion with a five wicket win over Som­er­set.

The re­sult en­sures the team se­cure a home quar­ter fi­nal in the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

They se­cured top spot af­ter re­strict­ing Som­er­set to 231-7 in 50 overs, knock­ing them off in the 47 th over.

Hav­ing lost the toss and been asked to field, Glouces­ter­shire got straight to task when spin­ner Ryan Kilmis­ter (Dum­ble­ton) had Char­lie Shar­land caught by Will Gilder­son (Dum­ble­ton) with the score on 13.

Wick­e­teeper James Rew and Adam Rosslee re-es­tab­lished a strong base as both reached half cen­turies dur­ing a sec­ond wicket stand of 109.

Glouces­ter­shire skip­per Sami Hamid (Win­ter­bourne) mixed and matched his bowlers to try and force an er­ror and Will Hope (Great Riss­ing­ton) made the break­through when Rosslee was caught by Joe Durie (Old Bris­to­lians) for 64.

Pra­neel Choughule (Thorn­bury) got the cru­cial wicket of Rew for 55 when ex­cel­lent field­ing by Gilder­son re­sulted in the run out of Rishi Shimpi (13), which took the vis­i­tors to 170-4.

Gilder­son re­moved Ben Chaf­fey for 25, be­fore Shay Sains­bury was caught by Hamid off Stan­ley Brown (Chel­tenham) for 13.

Brown struck again as Som­er­set fin­ished their in­nings on 231-7.

Open­ing pair Choughule and Hope looked to be pos­i­tive be­fore the for­mer was un­done by a straight one from Jacob Brand for seven.

Brown fol­lowed soon af­ter­wards for four be­ing caught be­hind off the same bowler to make it 34-2.

Hope and George Driver-dickerson (Rock­hamp­ton) played with ma­tu­rity and re­spon­si­bil­ity to take the game back to Som­er­set.

The pair put on 125 be­fore Hope was bowled by Max Horton for 80 and Driver-dickerson fol­lowed soon af­ter for 56 to bring Nick Shubach (Dum­ble­ton) and skip­per Hamid to­gether with the score on 163-4.

The pair ro­tated the strike putting on 21 be­fore Schubach was bowled for 12.

At 184-5 and still need­ing 47 to win the game looked to be in the bal­ance but Hamid (31*) and Char­lie Brennan (23*) (Bris­tol) chased down the tar­get with three and a half overs to spare.

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