Stun­ning dou­ble de­light for Un­der-13s

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORT -

GLOUCES­TER­SHIRE Un­der 13s recorded stun­ning back-to-back vic­to­ries over York­shire and Som­er­set.

A su­perb team per­for­mance saw the side chase down 207 with three balls re­main­ing to beat York­shire at Bish­op­ston.

The vis­i­tors bat­ted first and posted 206 thanks to a cen­tury from their skip­per Sabir Mah­mood but Glos con­tin­u­ally chipped away with wick­ets at the other end as William Mer­rett (Lech­lade) led the way with 3-35.

In re­sponse Glos started bril­liantly with a 101 run open­ing stand be­tween Max Richards (Win­ter­bourne) and James Austen (Fro­ces­ter) who both made 40.

But a col­lapse saw the hosts lose four wick­ets for 10 runs as they slipped from 101-0 to 111-4.

With the game in the bal­ance Cirences­ter ‘keeper/bats­man Ot­tie Lan­dale strode to the crease and pro­ceeded to turn things back Glouces­ter­shire’s way with a pos­i­tive, busy in­nings.

Sup­ported by Gus Carinirobe­rts (11) (As­ton Ing­ham), Max Dunne (13) (Fro­ces­ter) and Luke Hope (6*) (Great Riss­ing­ton) Lan­dale held the in­nings to­gether, mak­ing 51 not out from 50 balls to take his side to vic­tory in the fi­nal over.

The Un­der 13s fol­lowed up their four wicket win over York­shire with a 26 run vic­tory over Som­er­set in a low-scor­ing game.

Bat­ting first Glos were bowled out for 107 in 25.2 overs. Mor­gan Barnes top scored with 25 as only four play­ers reached dou­ble fig­ures – in­clud­ing num­ber 10 Lysander Tar­rant (Bour­ton Vale) who made 12 not out.

De­fend­ing a low to­tal the home side were made to wait for the first wicket as Som­er­set reached 56 with­out loss.

The in­tro­duc­tion of first change bowlers Dunne and Tar­rant turned the game on its head as the pair ripped through the Som­er­set top or­der.

Spin­ner Dunne took 4-12 in seven overs and Tar­rant picked up 3-23 at the other end as Som­er­set crum­bled from 56-0 to 81 all out.

There was also a run out from Mer­rett and two late wick­ets for Fred­die Sharp (2-5) (Dum­ble­ton) as Glos se­cured a com­fort­able 26 run vic­tory.

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