Choughule’s all-round hero­ics

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORT -

GLOUCES­TER­SHIRE’S Un­der 15 boys booked their place in the semi-fi­nals of the ECB Royal Lon­don Cup with an 89-run win over Mid­dle­sex.

They were fac­ing York­shire yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day) for a place in the fi­nal af­ter a su­perb all-round dis­play.

Af­ter los­ing the toss, Sami Hamid’s (Win­ter­bourne) men were asked to bat, but Tommy Boor­man (Dum­ble­ton) fell in the sec­ond over with the score on 11.

Left han­der Ge­orge Driver Dick­er­son (Rock­hamp­ton) was caught be­hind with three added to the score and it was 20-3 when Stan­ley Brown (Chel­tenham) was bowled.

Great Riss­ing­ton’s Will Hope made 21 as he and Nick Schubach (9) (Dum­ble­ton) and Hope dou­bled the score be­fore Schubach was run out.

At 44-4, Pra­neel Choughule (Thorn­bury) walked to the crease but Hope was caught be­hind with the score on 68-5.

It be­came 72-7 soon af­ter­wards but Choughule and wick­et­keeper Ol­lie El­liott (Chel­tenham) proved to be Glouces­ter­shire’s saviours with an out­stand­ing 109 run part­ner­ship.

El­liott hit five sixes and four fours while Choughule played a more pa­tient in­nings of 56 off 91 balls be­fore be­ing bowled to make it 181-8.

Glouces­ter­shire lost their ninth wicket a ball later and with seven overs left, Will Gilder­son (Dum­ble­ton) sup­ported El­liott in a bid to top 200.

El­liott opened up, hit­ting beau­ti­ful straight sixes and some in­no­va­tive ramps to push the score to 224-9 and end on 85 not out.

Glouces­ter­shire opened up with the left arm spin of Ryan Kilmis­ter (Dum­ble­ton) and the pace of Brown bu­tit took the in­tro­duc­tion of off­spin­ner Choughule to get the break­through when Schubach took a fan­tas­tic catch.

The Mid­dle­sex bats­men ran well be­tween the wick­ets and re­cov­ered to 68 be­fore Choughule struck again, which started a col­lapse which saw Mid­dle­sex go from 68-1 to 78-4.

Choughule claimed his third wicket and Hope (2-22) joined the fray to make it 98-5 be­fore Chougule capped off a tremen­dous all­round day with two more as Mid­dle­sex slumped to 115-7.

He fin­ished with a bril­liant 5-11 from nine overs to put his side in the driv­ing seat.

Glouces­ter­shire needed three wick­ets for vic­tory and Thorn­bury’s Rhys Price (2-32) was in­volved in all three.

First he had Ramzan caught be­fore run­ning out skip­per Bu­lathsin­hala for 10.

He then brought the cur­tain down with his sec­ond wicket as the Mid­dle­sex in­nings came to a close 89 runs short of their tar­get.

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