Stunning double delight for Under-13s
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.