Lancs U15s Come a Close Second to LDCC Colts
Wigan CC hosted a friendly fixture between the Lancashire U15s Boys and the Liverpool & District Cricket Competition Colts on Thursday 30 May.
D Morris, S Khan, M Jones, A Kulkarni, W Davidson, H Phelan, J Seward *+, C Roberts, D Houghton, S Dillon, J Smith, O Hussain
Liverpool and District Cricket Competition Colts:
M Waddington (Orrell Red Triangle CC), B Slater (Northop Hall CC), J Noctor (Rainford CC), M Critchley* (Wigan CC), J Dotters (Rainford CC), O Griffiths (Ormskirk CC), M Stark (St Helens Town CC), R Higham+ (Rainhill CC), J Driver (Bootle CC), A Beaver (Wallasey CC), M Laybourne (Hightown CC), D Norbury (Ainsdale CC)
Toss won by LDCC and elected to bat.
Ben Slater and Mark Waddington opened the batting with Slater the first wicket to go run out for 5 with the score 14. Joe Noctor joined Waddington at the crease and the pair added 75 for the second wicket before Waddington was out for 39 caught. Noctor followed four balls later for 32, both dismissed by Hussain in his first over.
Matthew Critchley (20) and John Dotters (37) steadied the innings until Critchley became the first of four stumpings by the Lancashire Captain James Seward. Wickets then fell at regular intervals until Andrew Beaver (16) and Jack Driver (17) put together a 9th wicket partnership of 38, which allowed the LDCC side to 209 all out with Driver being run out off the last ball of the 50 overs.
In reply the Lancs openers Dominic Morris and Saad Khan put together a stand of 51 before Khan was out for a stylish 28. A partnership of 46 between Morris and Mike Jones (21) took the score past the hundred before Morris was bowled by Waddington for 45. Two quick wickets and the combined spin bowling of Matthew Critchley, John Dotters and Mark Waddington slowed the scoring rate down. Only Harrison Phelan with a hard hitting 28 caused the LDCC bowlers any problems and after their 50 overs the Lancashire innings closed at 196 for 7 wickets leaving LDCC winners by 13 runs.
The Wigan crowd was exposed to a thrilling game of cricket with both sides hopefully learning and taking a lot from the game.
Lancashire Boys U15s Coach and LCB Performance Manager Stephen Titchard said: “This game was a great opportunity for our team to build on their extensive preparation programme for the forthcoming ECB National 50 Over Competition. To have this match practice and play against a high quality side like the LDCC Colts team is a good test for our players. The game was played with high intensity and at a good level for our lads to learn. I would also personally like to thank The Liverpool & District Cricket Competition for giving us this opportunity and we hope that this fixture will continue in the future.”
LDCC Colts Coach Shaun Anders added: “For a group of young men to enter a high quality playing environment and to also perform while being exposed to pressure shows the strength and depth of the Liverpool and District Cricket Competition. We have 3 games coming up against the Isle of Man U25s in the summer and this was a real test of ability and character today to which all the boys came through well.”
John Williams (LDCC Chairman) added: “Many thanks to Wigan CC for hosting the game and to all the boys from both sides who played exceptionally well. We now look forward to our 3 match series with the Isle of Man later in the summer.”
Both the Liverpool and District Cricket Competition and the Lancashire Cricket Board would like to thank everyone involved, in particular the two umpires Mr Kevin Wilson and Mr Paul Tatton and also to Wigan CC for hosting the game.
Fixtures of the Lancashire Boys U15s and other county age group teams available at: LCB County Fixtures 2013.