Spring District Festival 2018
more match reports and photographs to follow
Well done to all the players that took part in the Spring Festival, a whole 3 weekends despite the weather! thanks go to everyone that made this happen in the wind, rain, artic blast and baking sun - see you again in August !
Somerset Cricket Board Summer Squads will be announced throughout Tuesday, 8 May, this could be as late as 9pm in the evening, therefore please try not to contact reference selection, as this will just delay the process, your patience and understanding is very much appreciated
U11 District Final - Tigers (98-8) v Lions (77-10)
In the U11 District Tournament on Sunday, following a close group game the Lions, group winners were to play the group runners up the Tigers in the final. The previous game between the teams was close, with only six runs separating the two teams, so it was set up to be a tense final.
The Tigers were batting first on a track that kept low throughout the day. They had batted with an aggressive batting approach in the first game, maybe too aggressive, having not batted their full 20 overs. However, they were undeterred and started at a rapid rate, with Ford and Frost racing to 29 after 3 overs, Frost kept on going until being bowled for 24 by Willoughby, and was supported well with good knocks from Ford, Ogborne and Trego, and some selfless batting by the rest of the team to maintain the aggression. Some good bowling from the Lions attack kept the final score under 100 with wickets for Willoughby, Kemp, Roberts, Flitton and Rice. The Tigers finished on 98-8, the highest score of the U11 competition so far, could the Lions chase it down?
The Lions started well and were up with the run rate of 5 an over initially, but wickets had started to fall at a steady rate, with great quick bowling from Ford, Trego and Hopkins doing the damage, the Lions were in a bit of trouble at 5-36. Longman came in and attacked well and scored some vital quick runs for the Lions until being caught off the bowling of Mears, who took another 2 wickets on top of his 4 wickets in the first game, a 6 wicket haul off his 4 overs. The game was drifting away from the Lions, and despite some late big hitting from Hallett, they couldn’t quite rescue it as tight bowling from Frost, Fursland and Mellenchip at the death sealed the victory for the Tigers, with the Lions finishing up 77-10, a good effort, but just too big a chase on a tough pitch. A great game of cricket full of aggression and some amazing fielding by both sides, a fabulous spectacle for all, and a wonderful day of cricket. Well done to the Tigers as U11 District Champions, and well done to the Lions and Panthers for competing so well, enjoy your summer of cricket.
Huge thanks to the umpires for taking care of things in the middle, Taunton school for providing an excellent pitch and facilities, and to Mr Vaughan for scoring all day in the blazing sun, top job. Wishing all the boys a great summer of cricket.
Somerset District U12
Tigers v Panthers
Panthers (107 for 7) beat Tigers (52 for 8) by 55 runs
After electing to bat in baking hot sunshine at Downside School the Panthers openers Harris and Mercer added 42 for the first wicket before Mercer was dismissed by Ollie Richards for 18. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals however Joel Harris continued to bat positively before he was retired for 30 with the score on 77. Contributions from Jimmy Clark and Ged Williams-Pritchard allowed the Panthers to post a competitive 107 from their twenty overs.
The Tigers reply got off to a slow start with Williams-Pritchard and William Bere removing the two openers with the score not yet in double figures. This opening spell in combination with numerous bowlers going at well under two runs an over meant that the Tigers fell well short of their target with Panthers winning by 55 runs.
Leopards v Tigers
Leopards (59 for 3) beat Tigers (56-5) by seven wickets
A low scoring affair was finished within thirty overs as Will Greatorex (41) and Josh Cobb (13*) combined to chase down the Tigers total inside ten overs of their innings.
Earlier Rupert Baverstock’s 28 wasn’t enough to take the Tigers to a competitive total, thanks in the most part to some economical bowling from the Leopards.
Henry Sanders, Freddie Kerr, Will Greatorex and Joel Savage all picked up a wicket a piece as the Tigers were restricted to just 56.
Somerset District U13
Leopards vs Lions - Lions won by 15 runs
Lions 89-6 (A Payne 32*)
Leopards 74-7 (A Frost 23, J Hurry 24)
Panthers vs Tigers - Tigers won by 23 runs
Tigers 130-4 (D Trego 30*, R Williams-Pritchard 32*)
Panthers 107-4 (R Millet 63*)
Tigers vs Leopards - Tigers won by 6 runs
Tigers 114-8 (D Trego 30*, R Williams-Pritchard 23, L Richards 4-1-19-3)
Leopards 108-7 (O Smith 23, J Burston 20, W Crane 4-0-12-4)
Panthers vs Lions - Panthers won by 21 runs
Panthers 106-7 (T Barlow 23, D Broome 22*)
Lions 85ao (H Priestnall 25)
Somerset District U14
Panthers v Tigers
Josh Thomas 31 Retired
Donald Corbett 53 Retired
Ben Chaffey 29*
Louie Woodland 50 Retired
Shay Sainsbury 30 Retired
The Panthers and Tigers were separated by only five runs at the end of a thrilling game at Wellington School. Batting first the Panthers posted an imposing total of 151-4 with Thomas and Corbett retiring with 31 and 53 respectively. Ben Chaffey also finished with 29 not out towards the end of innings to ensure that the total past the 150 mark.
In reply, Farran Gregory took two early wickets to leave the Tigers 10-2. This bought Louie Woodland (50 retired) to the crease who with the support of Shay Sainsbury (30 retired) closed in the the total. However some superb bowling at the death meant that the Tigers finished five short of the Panthers total and sent the Panthers through to the final against the Lions.
Panthers v Lions
Joe Seymour 30 Retired
Callum O’Dea 52 Retired
Harrison Barrett 30 Retired
Panthers won the toss and elected to bat in the final of the U14 festival. Opening up, Chaffey and Turner shared a partnership of just over thirty in quick time to allow Joe Seymour to come to the crease and immediately pile the pressure on the Lions bowlers with a well compiled 30 before he was retired before the tenth over. At the half way stage and with the score on 84 Freddie Stevens was introduced to the attack and in partnership with Callum O’Dea he restricted to the Panthers to 11 off the next four overs before some positive batting from Edwards (28) and Shannon (18*) pushed the score up to 160.
In reply, Owen Burt took two early wickets to leave the Lions in trouble at 24-2 before O’Dea and Barrett shared a partnership of nearly 100 to leave them needing 26 from the final two overs. After some superb bowling at the death the Lions batters couldn’t achieve this feat to leave Panthers the victors by eight runs.