Oxfordshire U14s (99) lost to Gloucestershire U14s (100-3) by seven wickets
AN EXCELLENT all-round performance from Ed Wilson helped Gloucestershire make it two wins from two.
Wilson took 2-6 from six overs as the home side were bowled out for 99, before making a composed 40 not out to see his team home.
Millfield School U14s (39) lost to Gloucestershire U14s (175-8) by 136 runs
GLOUCESTERSHIRE made a convincing start to the 2014 season with a win over Millfield School.
A half-century on debut from Poulton batsman Jack Morris (51) proved the decisive contribution of the Gloucestershire innings after they had been put in to bat on a slow, low wicket.
Openers Will Helmke and Chad Trainor (both Frocester) got their side off to a solid start before Helmke nicked one behind.
Ed Webb (Thornbury) hit a four first ball and looked in fine touch until a leading edge to mid-off brought about his downfall for 11 and Trainor was caught at cover for 18.
Morris accelerated the scoring and he was ably supported by 22 from Will Sharp before both players fell.
As Gloucestershire looked to improve the scoring rate in the final overs wickets began to tumble.
Millfield were soon in trouble with both openers dismissed without scoring by George Stone (Hanham) and Ethan Organ (Long Ashton).
The hosts were reduced to 18-3 when Organ picked up his second before adding further misery by claiming a run out with the score on 27.
From here Millfield crumbled, losing their last six wickets for just 12 runs.
First change bowlers Ed Wilson (2-5), and Chipping Sodbury's Nick Robson (2-9) ripped through the middle order before spinners Alex Allen (Thornbury (1-1)) and captain Ben Parker of Winterbourne (1-4) finished the job.
Oxfordshire U12s (88) lost to Gloucestershire U12 (89-4) by six wickets
GLOUCESTERSHIRE overcame difficult conditions and determined opponents to beat Oxfordshire with a fine team performance.
Captain Tim Niblett used 10 different bowlers and was in the wickets himself, taking two in two balls to remove top-order batsmen when they looked to be set.
The off-spinner’s 2-4 from four overs were almost matched by Cirencester’s Alex Haynes, who returned the impressive figures of eight overs, five maidens, two wickets for nine runs.
Niblett led the run-chase with a forceful 24 and Henry Findlay-Wilson's 27 not out from just 15 deliveries secured victory for his team.
The team’s next match is away to Gwent on Sunday May 18.
Gloucestershire U11s (194-8) beat Gwent U11s (67) by 127 runs
A SUPERB unbeaten 87 from Zach Campbell led Gloucestershire to an emphatic win over Gwent.
The Lechlade batsman top scored as his side set the Welsh county a daunting target of 195 for victory at Cirencester after losing the toss.
Thornbury's Max Trotman (10) and Tom Beattie of Cirencester (13) both played their part in supporting Campbell as Gloucestershire reached 194-8 off 40 overs.
Gwent were going nicely at 39-1 off 10 before a batting collapse saw them lose their last nine wickets for 38 runs.
Gloucestershire U13s (85-9) beat Winterbourne U15s (53 all out) by 32 runs
IN AN official celebration match to mark the opening of the new pavilion at Winterbourne, Gloucestershire under-13s defeated the club’s under-15 team.
After Gloucestershire were put in to bat on a damp wicket, Jonny Gunn (Poulton) and skipper Matt Brewer (Bristol) both struggled to adapt to the slow pitch and lobbed catches up to fielders in the ring to leave the county on 9-2.
Theo Hayward (Bourton Vale) and Sujan Canagarajah (Stoke Bishop) rebuilt the innings, but run-scoring proved difficult, particularly against the spin of the Parker twins – Tom and Ben.
Canagarajah fell for nine after failing to clear the in-field and both Jacob Reeves (Brislington) and Daaryoush Ahmed (Bristol YMCA) were deceived by flighted deliveries as Gloucestershire slipped to 47-6 .
Hayward battled on, providing the backbone of the innings, and was given good support by Alex Sharam (12) and Kiran Chakraborty (11).
Hayward was eventually run out in the 25th over for a fine 27, the top score of the day.
Max Tryfonos (Bedminster) and Harry Senior (Dymock), both finished on four not out, as the under-13s reached 85-9 in their 30 overs.
During the tea interval Gloucestershire star Ian Cockbain cut the ribbon to officially open the pavilion.
When play resumed, the wicket had dried considerably but run-scoring was still difficult.
Kieran Slade was the first wicket to fall – run out by Sharam in the sixth over – with the total on nine.
Accurate bowling from Reeves and Ahmed, supported by high-intensity fielding, meant that at the half-way stage Winterbourne had only scored 20 runs.
Brewer turned to the leg spin pair of himself and Sharam, and he was rewarded straight away when he bowled Peterson for 11.
Ahmed returned to pick up two middle order wickets and with fantastic run-outs by Chakraborty and Canagarajah, Winterbourne collapsed from 39-4 to 53 all out as Gunn returned to capture the final two wickets.