Lancs U15s Fall Short Against Cheshire
Match report from Lancashire Under 15s v Cheshire Under 15s played on Wednesday 16 July at Neston CC.
The excellent venue of Neston CC on the Wirral played host to this fixture.
Lancashire won the toss and decided to bat first.
Showers were forecast for later in the day and as the game progressed time was lost because of rain. This meant that the game was eventually reduced to a 46 over game.
Cheshire batting first made a good start scoring fluently off the opening bowlers. However they lost two quick wickets making them 25 for 2 which changed the game completely. Elliot Young and Ben Johnston then found scoring very difficult and the runs dried up. However, they built a good foundation for the strong hitting Scott to come in and score a good 61 which helped his side to a respectable total of 207 from 46 overs.
The highlight from the Lancashire point of view was Sam Oldham's bowling, finishing with figures of 8 overs 3 maidens 5 for 13.
Cheshire made a challenging total and Lancashire knew they would have to bat well to win.
Unfortunately, Tom Billington one of Lancashire’s best players was bowled by McCabe for a duck and James Park-Johnson also went early leaving Lancashire on 7 for 2! Taylor Cornall and Sam Oldham then put together a good recovery partnership but they both got out just when the batting team were working towards a winning position. The lower order batsmen had to score at 8 or 9 an over which proved too much on this occasion and they lost more wickets chasing an impossible total.
Lancashire finished on 143 all out.
This result puts qualification for the quarter finals in doubt unless Lancashire win their two remaining games.