Under 15 (Boys) XI Season 2012
The season began with the annual North Lancashire v South Lancashire match.
The season began with the annual North Lancashire v South Lancashire match. Originally scheduled for St Annes Cricket Club on Wednesday May 16th the game was switched at the last minute to Stretford Cricket Club. The Lancashire coastal clubs had suffered from the bad weather of Monday and Tuesday and St Annes was waterlogged. We are very grateful to Stretford for the way they responded. Cricket parents are used to last minute problems and all players appeared at Stretford as directed.
The South emerged as winners after scoring 174 for 9 off their 50 overs and bowling their opponents out for 131. Saad Khan with 61 top scored for the South with 61 and Callum Parkinson was the pick of the North’s bowlers with 3 for 24. The North’s response began positively with Calum Turner playing on his home ground standing out. When he was out for 58 the innings fell away. Saqib Mahmood ended with figures of 4 for 20.
Mark Waddington (Captain) (Standish HS & Orrell Red Triangle CC)
Josh Bohannon (Harper Green HS & Farnworth Social Circle CC)
Luke Crampton (Urmston GS & Ashton-On-Mersey CC)
Harry Dearden (Tottington HS & Woodbank CC)
John Dotters (Rainford CC)
Ben Gorton (Blessed Trinity RC HS & Lowerhouse CC)
Haseeb Hameed (Bolton School & Farnworth Social Circle CC)
Tom Jones (Golborne HS & Orrell Red Triangle CC)
Chris Laker (Wellacre TC & Stretford CC)
Saqib Mahmood (Matthew Moss HS & Thornham CC)
Nikesh Modessa (Priory S&TC & BACEE Preston CC)
Joe Noctor (Sutton HS & Rainford CC)
Callum Parkinson (Bolton School & Urmston CC)
Matthew Parkinson (Bolton School & Urmston CC)
Dan Robson (Rossall School & Workington CC)
Joe Smith-Butler (Manchester Grammar School & Bamford Fieldhouse CC)
Calum Turner (Urmston GS & Stretford CC)
Tom Williamson (Lancaster RGS & Lancaster CC)
Bradley Yates (Wkt) (Thornleigh College & Bradshaw CC)
Monday 21st MAY v YORKSHIRE (90th Anniversary Match) at Old Trafford
LANCASHIRE 196 for 6 (Hameed 89* Dearden 48)
YORKSHIRE 197 for 7
Yorkshire won by 3 wkts
This game was played in quite splendid weather conditions and the cricket throughout was of a a very high standard. Haseeb Hameed and Harry Dearden were the main run scorers for Lancashire but we felt that in the end we were possibly 30 or 40 runs short on what was an excellent wicket.
Yorkshire found themselves in trouble with five wickets down for less than 100 but they rallied and eventually emerged as winners. It was clear from this 90th Anniversary start for the season that the Under 15’s will have to work hard to retain their national champion’s title.
ECB 50 Overs Cup (11.00am)
Sunday 3rd June v CHESHIRE at Bunbury CC
No play – Rain. A dismal start to the Under 15’s season. Overnight rain continued into the morning and the forecast was dreadful. Everyone travelled to Bunbury but there was little chance of play.
Sunday 10 June v NOTTINGHAMSHIRE at Northop Hall CC
NOTTIN GHAMSHIRE 127 (Mahmood 3-13 Smith-Butler 3-12)
LANCASHIRE 130 for 2 (Turner 47)
Lancashire won by 8 wickets
This was a comprehensive, comfortable victory in the sunshine at Northop Hall. In fact this match very nearly fell foul of the really wet weather which had ruined matches the day before. The outstanding efforts of everyone at the club enabled the game to start just 30 minutes late.
The Notts innings never really got going and they were dismissed for 127 with just three of their fifty overs left. Joe Smith-Butler on his debut will remember his first ball for Lancashire as he took a wicket. He will remember his fourth for the same reason plus the fact the over was a maiden. He finished with 3 for 12. He was well supported by Saqib Mahmood who had 3 for 13.
In reply Calum Turner and Harry Dearden did not find any problems with the wicket and the score moved along quickly. Calum ended with 47 and Harry along with Haseeb Hameed and captain Mark Waddington saw the team to victory with overs to spare.
Thursday 21 June v YORKSHIRE at ST. ANNES CC (Reduced to 40 Overs)
YORKSHIRE 145 for 8
LANCASHIRE 148 for 1 (Dearden 82* Hameed 63*
Lancashire won by 9 wkts
This game was played on a day when most of the UK had heavy rain. Those who were present witnessed a high quality game between two top teams. On this occasion Lancashire emerged convincing winners. Excellent fielding and tight bowling restricted Yorkshire to a total of 145 runs. Chris Laker took 2 for 8 in a fine spell of six overs. Lancashire lost a wicket in the first over but Harry Dearden and Haseeb Hameed gradually dominated the bowling and Lancashire took control of the game. The winning runs came with 10 overs to spare.
Wednesday 4 July v NORTHUMBERLAND at Morpeth CC (Reduced to 40 Overs)
LANCASHIRE 203 for 8 (Waddington 71)
NORTHUMBERLAND 43 (Dotters 4-0)
Lancashire won by 160 runs
This is a game that will become known as the ON-OFF-ON one. It ended in a very comfortable victory by 160 runs. Lancashire set an imposing total of 203 from a reduced 40 overs with Mark Waddington top scoring with 71. The bowling attack soon dismissed Northumberland with John Dotters ending with 4 for 0 off just two overs.
Thursday 12 July v CHESHIRE at URMSTON CC (Reduced to 40 Overs)
CHESHIRE 135 for 3
LANCASHIRE 138 for 1 (Waddington 87* Dearden 38)
Lancashire won by 9 wkts
Another rain affected match switched from Bootle due to problems there. Cheshire struggled to score runs ending with just 135 off their 40 overs. Lancashire passed that score with plenty of overs to spare. Mark Waddington struck 87 not out And he was well supported by Harry Dearden (38).
Sunday 29 July v NOTTINGHAMSHIRE at Farnsfield CC
LANCASHIRE 257 for 7 (Hameed 113 Bohannon 47 Turner 34)
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE 213 (Parkinson C 4-21)
Lancashire won by 44 runs
This second game against Notts was a much harder affair than the one early in the season. Lancashire batted first and with a superb century from Haseeb Hammed aided by spirited support from Josh Bohannon and Calum Turner posted an imposing 257 for 7. The Notts reply got off to a flier with some less than disciplined bowling and lack of team thinking. Eventually the strong team ethos pulled through along with the realisation that spin would win the day. Callum Parkinson bowling left arm spin was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 21. A victory over Northumberland in the next match will seal a place in the National Finals for the second year running.
Tuesday 31 July v NORTHUMBERLAND at EAST LANCS CC
LANCASHIRE 171 (Turner 59)
NORTHUMBERLAND 39 (Dotters 3-17)
Lancashire won by 132 runs
The team to face Northumberland at East Lancs, Blackburn was a much changed one from the last Game against Notts including two debuts for Ben Gorton and Nikesh Modessa. In a reduced 40 overs match Northumberland were beaten comfortably securing the points needed to ensure this team would represent the North in the National Finals.
Sun 5 August v Yorkshire at Pudsey Congs CC
Thur 16 August to Fri 17 August
ECB COUNTY CUP SEMI-FINALS & FINAL at Oakham School
Development Squad Matches
Tue 19 June v North Wales at Northop Hall CC
Sun 1 July v Yorkshire "B" at Urmston CC
Mon 23/ Tue 24 July v Yorkshire "B" at Masham CC