Greater Manchester South Win LCB U16 1-Day Festival
The historical ground of Liverpool CC hosted this year's U16s 1-Day final between Greater Manchester South and Greater Manchester West.
Greater Manchester South lost the toss and were asked to field first at a sun baked Liverpool Cricket Club.
After 3 overs the first opener, Brad Yates fell to the bowling of Chris Laker bringing the score to 15-1. Chris Laker dismissed the second opener Morris in the 5th over with the score being 15-2. In the 9th over Will Shuttleworth was dropped at slip on 4, at this point Greater Manchester West were struggling on 25-2.
After a great opening spell from Chris Laker pace was taken off the ball and replaced by spin. The two spinners Parkinson and Shafiq caused problems for both batters and in Parkinson's second over, Chris Brownlow was forced into playing a rash shot resulting in another wicket. At drinks the score was 47-3 after 18 overs. Runs were hard to find as the two spinners continued to bowl very economically. Daniel Hewitt eventually fell to Parkinson after finding it difficult to score. At the end of 22nd over the score was 52-4.
F Kay was dismissed for 3 and at 57-5 Greater Manchester West were in real trouble. Gregory came in and was dismissed first ball. Parkinson's excellent spell continuing to bring wickets for little runs. Parkinson finished his overs with the figures 10-4-20-4. With the score on 68-6 with Will Shuttleworth on 23no, Sam Dillon and Hassan were brought into the bowling attack. Shuttleworth continued his patient scoring as he tried to rebuild the innings.
After the second drinks break Will Shuttleworth was dismissed in the 36th over for 29 runs and was caught by Parkinson off the bowling of Sam Dillon. Dom Morris tried to accelerate the scoring but was caught off the bowling of Dillon who finished on 20. With Jones and Clarke batting and some changes in bowling attack, Jones went for 9, which left Patel the number 11 who came into bat with the score at 101-9 off 43 overs. Laker bowled Clarke in the 48th over and the score ended on 113 all out.
Sam Dillion finished with 2 wickets for 20 runs of 6 overs, Laker with 3 wickets for 26 runs off 9 overs and Parkinson the pick of the bowlers finished on 10-4-20-4.
Greater Manchester South opened the batting with the pairing of Callum Turner and Downs. The openers made quick progress and reached 37 in 6 overs. The change of bowling brought Ben Gregory into the attack. Daniel Hewitt was brought into the attack after 9 overs with the score being 55-0. In his first over he removed Downs who hit 18. Gregory then removed Turner who hit 42 off 39 balls with 8 fours. Parkinson and Laker proceeded to keep the score ticking over. Chris Brownlow came into the attack in the 13th other with the score reading 71-2. Laker was dismissed for 6 as he was bowled by Brownlow.
At the first drinks break the score was 86-3 from 18 overs. Davidson fell to the bowling of Brownlow for 2. Tom Jones replaced Gregory in the bowling attack at the 20th over mark. Clarke came on to bowl in the 23rd over with Greater Manchester South needing 14 runs to win. Parkinson saw Greater Manchester South home by hitting a well timed 31no off 42 with 5 fours. In the end a comfortable win for Greater Manchester South winning by 6 wickets.
Report compiled by Will Griffiths (De La Salle High School St Helens)
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