Lancs U15s Defeat Notts in their final game
This was the last game for the Under 15 county team this season as even if they won this game they could not progress further in Royal London U15 County Cup.
Derbyshire and Yorkshire had already topped the group and qualified for the quarter finals.
The game was played at Leigh Cricket Club on a good dry pitch with a short boundary on one side. It looked as though we were in for a high scoring game.
Notts won the toss and decided to bat first.
The Lancashire team had changed for this game and it included three U14 players who had been selected following strong performances in their own age group. However, it was the regular opening bowlers who put the batsmen under pressure straight away with good control and some early movement. Both Smith and Park-Johnson bowled well recording excellent figures with one wicket each.
Rehan Udwadia came on first change in his debut game and showed why as an all-rounder he was in the team. His figures of 6 overs, 2 maidens, 2 wickets for 6 runs helped Lancashire take control of the game.
Finally, it was left to the left arm spinners Hartley and Ahmad to take three wickets each and bowl Notts out for only 86! This included three excellent catches from Dom Gowers who has kept wicket to a high standard throughout the season.
The Lancashire openers made a sound start against the new ball but then two wickets fell making the score 32 for 2. However Sam Oldham who has played some important knocks this year and the talented Nathan Jones finished the game without any further problems. Jones in particular getting a chance to bat high up in the order showed real promise with a careful defence and some glorious shots scoring 37 not out off 49 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes!
Lancashire 89 for 2 off 26.4 overs.
The Coach and Team Manager would like to thank all the players who played this season in the U15 team for the effort they put in to both practices and games.
Also a big thank you to parents who have travelled many miles supporting their sons.
Scorecard available by clicking here.
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The finals day of the Lancashire County stage of the U15s NatWest National Club Championship took place on Sunday 29 June at Astley & Tyldesley CC. ... Full story