Match Report - Lancashire U15 vs Derbyshire U15
Sunday 1st June 2014.
Sunday 1st June was the first game for Lancashire in the 2014 ECB U15 Competition.
The game was played at the excellent Glossop Cricket Club ground with glorious sunshine greeting both teams on arrival.
Lancashire won the toss and elected to bat first despite the wicket and outfield being a little damp. The openers got off to a quick start with Tom Billington playing some aggressive shots. However, Lancashire then lost two early wickets to the Derbyshire opening bowler Connors.
When pace was taken off the ball it became difficult to score on a ground with big boundaries and a slow outfield. The Lancashire middle order played carefully but never got on top of the bowling at any time. Sam Oldham, Taylor Cornall, and James Park-Johnson all scoring in the twenties but none of them went on to make a big score. Wickets fell at regular intervals and it was only Tom Lawson’s 22 towards the end that allowed us to reach 152 all out in 47 overs.
The Derbyshire spinners played a prominent role during the Lancashire innings and this encouraged Lancashire to open with a spinner at one end. Ben Milnes bowling well with figures of 8 overs 2 maidens 0 for 17.
Chris Sanders bowled with pace taking an early wicket but later left the field with an injury. Tom Lawson took another early wicket but did not threaten the batsmen after that early spell. Taylor Cornall ( spin ) and Sam Oldham ( M/Pace ) bowled well in tandem making scoring difficult but only took one wicket each.
Derbyshire eventually won the game comfortably following a good partnership from their captain Cameron Ball and their wicket keeper Matthew Sonczak. Their final score was 153 for 4 off 42.5 overs.
The full score card is on the LCB Play Cricket Web Site through this link http://lcb.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=11852732.