Lancs U15s Defeated by Yorkshire
Lancashire Under 15s played Yorkshire Under 15s on Sunday 27 July at Urmston CC.
This game was Lancashire’s penultimate group match in the Royal London County Cup. Qualification for the quarter finals was in doubt before the game so a victory would take the pressure off the last game. The wicket had been played on the day before making it a worn dry surface and this encouraged the Lancashire captain to bat first having won the toss.
Tom Billington again opened with Taylor Cornall and both played the opening power play well with Billington playing some glorious shots. However, once the spinners came on to bowl the scoring rate dropped. Bilal Anjam the Yorkshire off spinner bowled really well with figures of 10 overs, 1 wicket for 22. At the other end, Woodcock had figures of 8 overs 2 for 19.
As the innings progressed the wicket showed signs of uneven bounce and was not easy to bat on. This did not prove to be a problem for Sam Oldham as he played very well scoring 60 before being stumped. He was helped to this score by Nathan Jones  who played an excellent supporting role running well between the wickets giving Sam the bowling whenever possible.
Lancashire finished with a good score of 182 for 7 off 50 overs.
Yorkshire were known to have some of the North’s best batsmen so good bowling from Lancashire was essential. This was the case for the early overs and James Park-Johnson had the excellent Harry Brook LBW early on. Lancashire took wickets at regular intervals but the Yorkshire captain and opener James Pick  was looking dangerous until he was bowled by the Under 14 debutant Muhammad Ahmad. Muhammad went on to record figures of 10 overs 4 maidens 4 for 16.
At 107 for 8 Lancashire appeared to be ‘home and dry’ but then stubborn resistance from Kyme Tahirkheli and great stroke play from Kelly  saw the visitors home finishing on 185 for 9.
The last group game is now a ‘must win’ if Lancashire are to have any chance of qualifying for the quarter finals.
Group Table to date: [8 games max.]
Derbyshire played seven.. 20 points
Cheshire played seven ..12 points
Lancashire played seven.. 12 points
Yorkshire played five.. 12 points
Notts played six.. 8 points
Report by: Andy Kennedy
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