Lancs U15s Defeated by Derbyshire
Lancashire Under 15s lost to Derbyshire on Sunday 6th July away at Clifton CC.
The game was played at the picturesque Clifton Cricket Club near Ashbourne. Before the game started the wicket was a little damp on the surface and the outfield long and slow.
Lancashire lost the toss and were put into bat by Derbyshire. Immediately the two openers found it difficult to get the ball away and there was some uneven bounce. A good spell from Derbyshire’s Samuel Connors saw him take three early wickets. This had the Lancashire innings at 23 for 3 on a difficult surface.
It called for careful batting from the rest of the team but too many players gave their wickets away too easily with mishit shots straight to the fielders resulting in a middle order collapse. Seven wickets fell to catches. At 87 for 8, an early finish looked on the cards, however the lower order batsmen showed some good resistance, in particular Tom Lawson (28) and Tom Hartley (26 not out).
This enabled Lancashire to bat the full 50 overs and finish on 159 for 9.
The Derbyshire innings started with some quick bowling from Chris Sanders and evasive batting from Matthew Arnold who could not cope with the pace. Unfortunately, the Lancashire bowlers could not find the best line and length on this wicket allowing the other opener George Dyson to play a match winning knock of 49.
The wicket certainly played much easier in the second innings but the Lancashire performance was nevertheless still less than satisfactory. Cameron Smith again bowled well but Sam Oldham was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 6 overs 2 maidens 1 wicket for 6 runs.
Derbyshire never really looked in trouble as they completed the win in the 42nd over scoring 160 for 5.
Group Standings so far:
- DERBYSHIRE - P 6, W 4, 16 PTS
- LANCASHIRE - P 5, W 3, 12 PTS
- NOTTS - P 5, W 2, 8 PTS
- YORKSHIRE - P 4, W 2, 8 PTS
- CHESHIRE - P 4, W 1, 4 PTS
Top two Counties go through to the quarter finals.