Choughule’s all-round heroics
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.