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LCB U16s One Day Festival - Day Three

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LCB U16s One Day Festival - Day Three

Summary of Day Three.

GROUP 1: Greater Manchester West (GMW) v Greater Manchester East (GME): Northern CC

For the third game in the festival, Greater Manchester West batted first. Dominic Morris (42) and Chris Brownlow (47) compiled a century partnership for the 2nd wicket before both were dismissed in the 28th over. However once again Daniel Hewitt showed his batting class to post his third 50+ festival score to take his aggregate through an undefeated 200 runs for the week. With good support from Brad Yates, Frasier Kay and Will Shuttleworth, GMW eventually reached 248/6 in their allocation of overs.   

Young spinner James Howard was the star of the GME’s bowling attack with 3 for 50 off 10 overs.

In reply the early East batters all got double-figure starts although it was only James Smith-Butler who went on to post anything of real significance as he manfully kept his side in the hunt until he was finally snared on the long square leg boundary for a thrilling 76. L. Grey contributed 34 during the spell when the visitors remained in the hunt and twenty-pluses from Abbas and Pearson also gave the chase hope.

Once again however, the main GMW threat came from left-armed Joe Ducker who followed up his three-fer on Monday with another four wickets and was well supported by Chris Brownlow’s three victims and a brace from Tom Jones as the tail were quickly mopped up after Smith-Butlers dismissal. Lancashire’s Girls U15’s off spinner, Nalisha Patel also deserves a mention as she kept a lid on the GME middle order when they were wanting to step on the gas.

GM West made it three wins from three games as they won by 41 runs to progress into next Tuesday’s final at Liverpool CC.

 

Lancashire South East (LSE) v Lancashire North West (LNW): Ormskirk CC

Lancs NW won the toss and batted first against Lancs SE.  A combination of loose shots and good fielding reduced LNW to 70-3 after 20 overs but opener T Jefferson (64) and J Smith (51) kicked on with cameos from J Boyne (26) and C East (25) in the lower order to propel Lancs NW to 224-9 from 50 overs.  A. Jeffery picking up 3 wickets in his 10 overs for Lancs SE.

SE Lancs started confidently reaching 35 after 10 untroubled overs.  C East then took 2 wickets in 2 balls to peg the LSE reply back.  When Nathan Sharrock joined Ellis Hussey at 70 for 3 in the 20th over, the game looked very much in the balance.  Hussey was out in the 38th over for an impressive 89 off 113 balls having taken the score to 155 for 4.   

Again the game looked as if it could go either way until Jake Willacy and Sharrock took the game away from LNW scoring freely.  SE reached the target in the 48th over whilst losing 2 more wickets along the way. Nathan Sharrock finishing on 58 not out off 78 balls. 

A superb and intriguing edge of your seat game between two evenly matched teams that could have gone either way.

 

Day 3: Table Group 1

Team

Played

Won

Lost

Points

Net Run Rate

Greater Manchester West

3

3

0

6

+0.233

Greater Manchester East

3

1

2

2

+0.024

Lancashire North West

3

1

2

2

-0.036

Lancashire South East

3

1

2

2

-0.271

 

GROUP 2: Greater Manchester South (GMS) v Merseyside (MSIDE) Liverpool CC

GM South travelled West on Wednesday in buoyant mood after 2 wins from 2. Merseyside won the toss and decided to take first use of what looked to be a batsman friendly track at Liverpool CC.

Merseyside were in trouble in just the 2nd over as Crampton pinned Knight in front for none, and wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals. Returning Captain Callum Parkinson was the pick of the bowlers (10-5-9-3) and both seamers and spinners helped themselves to wickets. An 8th wicket partnership of 55 between Wilson-Bird (24) and Doyle (47*) gave Merseyside hope but GM West had the final say as Laker returned to claim the last 2 wickets with the score reaching 168.

The dangerous Dotters opened the bowling with his SLA, and accounted for Downes and Parkinson in quick succession. Kulkarni joined opener Callum Turner at the crease and set about taking the game away from Merseyside. Kulkarni eased the ball through covers and with a change in bowling came a change in the previously cautious Turner. Successive boundaries and some well ran singles brought up a second 50 in two days for Turner and when Kulkarni departed for 26, the two had shared a match high stand of 92. A couple of quick wickets were not enough to stop GM South reaching the Final as they passed 168 for the loss of 5 wickets in the 37th over when Turner eased another boundary on route to 82*

 

Lancashire South West (LSW): v Lancashire North East (LNE): Sefton Park CC

Lancashire South West won the toss and decided to bat but Ryan Cattermall and Dom Stewart ripped their upper order out which left the LSW outfit at 43-4! A superb fight back by Seward (60) Khan (46) Wright (34) and Russell (48) got their team up to 248 for 9. Cattermall finished with 4 for 31.

In reply a steady start by Grimshaw and Gorton got the LNE side to 39 without loss but some tight bowling and fielding then added a little more pressure to the proceedings and wickets started to fall at regular intervals as LNE slumped to 78-4. This brought together Spencer (41) and Phelan (64) who got LNE back in the match as they worked the ball around the field and dispatched the bad ball to the fence in a partnership of 90. J.Lyth (3 for 31) was brought I to the attack which paid dividends and he dismissed both Phelan and Spencer. However, enter Beech, whose quickfire 28, aided and was abetted by opening bowler Cattermall (18no), saw LNE home with 2 overs to spare.        

 

Day 3: Table Group 2

Team

Played

Won

Lost

Points

Net Run Rate

Greater Manchester South

3

3

0

6

+ 0.197

Merseyside

3

1

2

2

+ 0.103

Lancashire South West

3

1

2

2

- 0.160

Lancashire North East

3

1

2

2

- 0.220

 

Summary:

The weather once again had a huge impact on this year’s festival, but this year in a positive way as temperatures soared in to the 80’s and conditions suited the boys.

Greater Manchester hosted day 1 of the Festival and it was 2 Greater Manchester sides who showed their intent from ball 1, Greater Manchester West and Greater Manchester South both showed their strength with both teams rattling up over 250 runs in their first games, which they defended with ease. Old rivals Merseyside and Lancashire South West played out a thrilling game which saw the latter winning on the very last ball of the game!

Blackpool CC, Fylde CC, Lytham CC and Fleetwood CC hosted day 2 and it turned out to be very similar to day 1 once again both GMS and GMW eased to wins in their games thanks to Chris Brownlow who scored 95 for GMW and Callum Turner who scored 84n.o for GMS.  The day also saw both Lancashire North West and Merseyside winning their first games of the tournament!  

Day 3 was hosted in Merseyside at the excellent club grounds of Liverpool CC, Ormskirk CC, Sefton Park CC and Northern CC with GMW and GMS both knowing that a win would take them through to the final being held at Liverpool CC on Tuesday 16th July. Batting first at Northern CC, GMW again hit 240+ which virtually meant one foot in this year’s final. Brownlow, Morris and Hewitt with contributions.

GMS were asked to bowl first at Liverpool by Merseyside who probably wished they hadn’t as they were left reeling at 87-5 but managing to reach a modest total of 168. Callum turner once again playing a match winning knock of 80no in seeing his side home,  which gained them a place in this years U16’s festival final. 

 Also the only 2 teams left on day 3 without a win showed their worth as both Lancashire South East and Lancashire South West won both of their games and both chasing down over 200 runs! A fitting end to a superb festival as all teams had the taste of success.

U16’s Festival Final Tuesday 16th July 2013. Liverpool CC 10:30am start. Greater Manchester South v Greater Manchester West

May I take this opportunity to thank, and to wish all the boys who played in this years festival all the very best. Your attitudes, work ethic and knowledge shown during the festival was impeccable, we can see now that as the next generation of the game comes through it will be in good hands! Also to all the clubs that have provided a truly quality environment for all these boys to play and more importantly learn a little more about themselves and the game they play so well. Our officials at all this year’s venues and the parents and guardians who ferried their Children around the County over the past few days, without all this our festival would not be what it is today.       

Shaun Anders (Competitions Officer)

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