The first Youth Inter-District Results for 2011

During the half-term week, the South Board’s age group sides played their first two rounds of inter-district cricket against the West and Central Boards. In what was unusually fine weather for this particular week, results were mixed but here were some fine individual performances which bode well for the future.

The next matches will be on July 28th when all three sides will be away to the North Essex Board.

On Tuesday against the West, pride of place goes to our Under 11 side, who managed a fine seven-wicket win chasing down a total of 121 in only 28 overs thanks to an excellent stand of 106 between Frank Farrington (Basildon and Pitsea) who scored 57 and Tom Baker (Westcliff) who scored 28.  The Under 13 side batted poorly reaching only 51 with Mathew Lewis (Belhus) scoring 28 of them. However, they came back strongly to have the West at 3 for 3 at one point before finally going down by 5 wickets.  In the Under 15 match, poor fielding allowed the West to score 217 for 8 in their 40 overs and we were never in the hunt, falling to 116 all out of which Louis Poynter (Hadleigh) and Matt Austin (OS & Southchurch) scored 32 and 28 respectively.

On Wednesday at a sunny and even warm Chelmer Park, all 3 sides gave a good account of themselves in front of large crowds. The Under 11’s had an exciting match in which they narrowly failed to chase a target of 160 in their 35 overs despite Kaelan Williams (OS & Southchurch) scoring a patient 26.  The Under 13’s showed a terrific improvement from the previous day when they managed to bowl out their Central Board opponents for 128 having collapsed from 103-3 at the 20-over mark. This was mainly due to some accurate bowling from Harry Lockyer (Orsett) and Harry Slack (Leigh) who both took three wickets and were backed up by keen catching and fielding. In reply, Tom Haden (Orsett) with 34 and Austin Holmes (Hadleigh) with 22 put together an opening stand of 71 and Praneet Patel (Rankins) with 26 not out saw us through to a seven-wicket win in just 22 overs, ably supported by Dan Petts (Horndon) and skipper Mathew Lewis (Belhus).  In the Under 15 game, some strong batting by the Central Board saw them to a total of 238 for 6 in their 40 overs on a good batting pitch. A much improved reply was led by Carl Lees (Rankins) who kept us in the hunt with a hard-hitting 77, ably supported by Ben Kent (Belhus) with 30.  In the end though, wickets were lost in the chase and we ended up 35 runs short.