Under 12 (Boys) XI Season 2012
The following players have been selected for the Under 12 squad for the coming season. They begin their campaign with a match against Durham on June 7th. This is followed by a further eight friendly fixtures before the team heads off to Kings College, Taunton for their Festival which begins on August 5th.
Lewis PEARSON (East Lancashire CC) Captain
Muhammad AHMAD (Stretford CC)
Charlie DEWHURST (Clitheroe RGS & Clitheroe CC)
Lewis DOVE (Woodhey HS & Leigh CC)
Sam DUGDALE (Garstang Community Academy & Garstang CC)
Joseph HALSTEAD (Lowerhouse CC)
Thomas HEATON (Woodhey HS & Walshaw CC)
Jordan HIGHAM (Westhoughton HS & Westhoughton CC)
George LAVELLE (Merchant Taylor’s & Ormskirk CC)
Joe NOONE (Read CC)
Joshua RHODES (Tottington HS & Walshaw CC)
Ben SMITH (Leigh CC)
Daniel SOUTHWORTH (Bolton School & Lostock CC)
Rehan UDWADIA (Bury GS & Elton CC)
Thursday 7 June v DURHAM at MIDDLETON CC
No Play – Rain
Wednesday 13 June v YORKSHIRE at Gomersall CC
LANCASHIRE 149 for 7 (Pearson 49)
YORKSHIRE 85 all out
Lancashire won by 64 runs
The Under 12’s started their 2012 campaign eventually with this resounding victory over Yorkshire. After being inserted on a damp wicket the middle order made a significant contribution to a 40 overs total of 149 for 7. Captain Lewis Pearson top scored with 49 and there were useful contributions from Danny Southworth and Rehan Udwadia.
The Yorkshire innings began well with the first wicket partnership reaching 43 before good work from Udwadia resulted in a run out and the first success. The Lancashire bowlers tightened their grip with some accurate bowling, including Mohammad Ahmad bowling 8 overs for just 8 runs. There followed four further excellent run outs and with good bowling all-round the home side were bundled out for 85.
Monday 25 June v CUMBRIA at PENWORTHAM CC
Thursday 28 June v STAFFORDSHIRE at HIGHFIELD CC
STAFFORDSHIRE 110 for 7
LANCASHIRE 59 (Powell 5 for 9)
Staffordshire won by 51 runs
In very humid conditions Lancashire did well to restrict their opponents to 110 runs in their allotted 40 overs. There was a general feeling that this total was in our reach but the Lancashire batsmen found themselves up against an opening bowler who bowled with pace and a good line. We do not usually list performances from the other county but in this instance a spell of five overs, one maiden, five wickets for just nine runs blew the Under 12’s away. Well done Master Powell.
Thursday 5 July v CHESHIRE at Styal CC
Thursday 12 July v NOTTINGHAMSHIRE at Cuckney CC
Monday 16 July v WARWICKSHIRE at GREENMOUNT CC
Wednesday 18 July v LINCOLNSHIRE at Scunthorpe Town CC
LANCASHIRE 179 for 6 (Udwadia 66 Dewhurst 34)
LINCOLNSHIRE 57 (Ahmad 3 for 1)
Lancashire won by 122 runs
The Under 12’s returned to action with an emphatic win over Lincolnshire at a sunny Scunthorpe Town CC ground. Lancashire batted first and scored 179 for 6 off their 40 overs. Rehan Udwadia top scored with 66 and he was well supported by others especially Charlie Dewhurst who hit a brisk 34. The Lincolnshire openers proved stubborn but once they had gone they succumbed quickly and were all out for just 57. The wickets were shared with Mo Ahmad taking three wickets for just one run.
Tuesday 24 July v YORKSHIRE at CHORLEY CC
YORKSHIRE 141 for 9 (Udwadia 3-24)
LANCASHIRE 142 for 9 (Heaton 34)
Lancashire won by 1 wkt
The Under 12’s completed the double over Yorkshire with this exciting win at Chorley. Yorkshire scored 141 from their 45 overs with Rehan Udwadia taking 3 for 24. The winning run came from the fourth ball of the final over after Thomas Heaton had top scored with a patient 34. Three wins out of four played has certainly raised the spirits after the long run of abandoned matches.
Thursday 26 July v WARWICKSHIRE at Aston Manor CC
LANCASHIRE 87 FOR 2
Lancashire won by 8 wkts
The Under 12’s continued their impressive form after the mid-season break to rain with a third victory in succession in this re-arranged fixture in the Midlands. Good bowling and fielding restricted Warwickshire to just 83 on a low slow wicket. After losing an early wicket the Lancashire batsmen took 27 overs to pass the runs needed for victory with the loss of just two wickets.
Wednesday 1 August v CUMBRIA at FYLDE CC
LANCASHIRE 160 (Udwadia 73)
CUMBRIA 82 (Ahmad 3-17 Noone 4-7)
Lancashire won by 78 runs
This was a comfortable victory for the Under 12’s in their final match before travelling to Taunton for the Kings College, Festival. Rehan Udwadia top scored with 73 well supported the other batters. Spinners Ahmad Muhammad and Joe Noone proved too much for the Cumbria batsman including the tallest Under 12 they had ever seen. This concluded a rain damaged first part of the season where the U12’s notched up five wins out of six including the double over Yorkshire.
(All matches begin at 12 noon except for Taunton)
UNDER 12 COUNTY FESTIVAL at KINGS COLLEGE, TAUNTON
Monday 6 August v DEVON on Pitch 4
DEVON 77 for 4
Tuesday 7 August v SURREY on Pitch 5
Wednesday 8 August v ST. STITHIANS SA on Pitch 1
LANCASHIRE 106 (Udwadia 32)
ST. STITHIANS 107 for 8 (Rhodes 3-21)
St. Stithians won by 2 wkts
Thursday 9 August v GLOUCESTERSHIRE on Pitch 2
LANCASHIRE 167 for 6 (Udwadia 64)
Lancashire won by 83 runs
Friday 10 August v HAMPSHIRE on Pitch 4
HAMPSHIRE 34 (Ahmad 6 for 6 inc. Hat Trick)
Lancashire won by 90 runs
The week long Taunton Festival took place during one of the worst summers on record. The first two days were ruined by heavy rain and the first game to be played on the Wednesday saw the Under 12’s suffer from the loss of the toss which in the conditions was quite vital. The final two days the sun shone and the Lancashire team played two and won two in comfort. In fact the final game ended with Muhammad Ahmad taking the last three Hampshire wickets to complete a hat trick. His final figures of 6-4-6-6 earned him the award for the best performance of the week. All members of the squad chipped in where needed with Rehan Udwadia continuing his fine form with the bat.
The full season saw the Under 11’s complete nine matches in total with a further six lost to the weather. Seven victories and just two defeats was a fine record overall in a season when conditions even at the nine completed matches were far from ideal.