Friendly - 23 May 2021

Lost by 55 runs

Venue: Merchant Taylors School

Middlesex vs Gloucestershire U15's County Age Group (Friendly)

Our U15’s County Age Group squad long and anticipated wait for the start of the season was finally over as they managed to have their first run out of the season, thanks to the weather remarkably keeping steady in the capital.

We travelled away to play Middlesex at Merchant Taylors School where skipper Max Dunne unfortunately lost toss and we were put into field first.

Jacob Stevenson (2 for 27) managed to get us off to a positive start, dismissing their opener cheaply LBW leaving home side looking to rebuild at 12 for 1. They managed to do, with their number 3 batsman D Rawal (44) batting with great intent and getting their side out of a slight rocky start. Ottie Landale was in the action, taking a catch off Max Dunne’s bowling which was then followed by a run out which knocked back their middle order in rapid succession. However, this brought to the crease B Slater (59) who made a classy half century to help Middlesex reach 221 in their 40 overs.

Gloucestershire looked solid and composed in reply, with opener Gus Carnini-Roberts (24) negating a tricky opening spell from the opposition.  Once Gus was dismissed at 62 for 3, our innings unfortunately didn’t kick on with our middle order all making starts but being dismissed in regular intervals. Luke Hope (44) provided late hope for us, hitting at a strike rate of 163 but it proved a little too late and we are dismissed for 168. Special mention to Middlesex bowler E Campion taking 3 for 26 in his 8 overs which proved the difference between the sides.

Very pleasing for our U15’s side to be back on the field and plenty to work on before our next fixture against Somerset on 2nd June in the Royal London Cup. Thanks to Middlesex for hosting us and we wish them the best for the season ahead.