Friendly - 13 June 2021
Gloucestershire lost by 1 wicket
Venue: Newent CC
Gloucestershire U14's County Age Group vs Somerset (Friendly)
Our U14’s County Age Group had their first fixture of the season yesterday, taking on local rivals Somerset at the picturesque Newent Cricket Club. An exciting time for this age group who were ready and raring to take the field, Somerset won the toss and elected to field first.
Opener Zain Syed and number 3 James Brooks formed an excellent partnership at the top of the order helping Gloucestershire reach a strong position of 119 for 2 with Brooks being dismissed for 29. Syed (52), shortly departed afterwards having made a superb half century including 5 fours and 2 sixes. Our middle order unfortunately struggled against Somerset duo Alfie Maloney and Lachlan Rice as the away side managed to get a tight grip leaving Gloucestershire reeling at 151 for 7. However, Henry Trotman provided some fireworks striking an immaculate 73 off 59 balls with 5 fours and 3 sixes which took the home side to 250 all out just inside the 40 overs.
In reply, Somerset opener Janes Matravers batted with great control at the top of the innings to help the opposition build a platform to chase. However, Gloucestershire’s Anir Sanat (2 for 32) bowled with great discipline to dismiss the opener along with the threatening middle order batsman Cole Willoughby to keep the game in the balance for both sides. Neck and neck right until the end, Spencer Gammon (2 for 42) took the big wicket of Ronnie Frost to nearly seal victory for the home side. However, a crucial last wicket partnership for the away side saw them cross the line with a ball to spare in what ended up being a very close game and Somerset taking the win by 1 wicket.
A fantastic effort by both sides but credit to Somerset on their victory and thank you again to Newent CC for hosting us, we look forward to playing there again this season. The U14s face Somerset in the Royal London Cup on the 25th July in their next fixture of the season.
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Photo courtesy of Newent CC