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Friday, 13 June 2014

Doffing their academic caps after a week of school exams, all four year group teams were in action this week in the county cup competitions. The poor weather that dogged the first half of the term meant we were close to or beyond “play by” dates. When the forecast was wet, we felt we would need to be inventive and so it proved.

Both the u12 and u13 had to play indoors. The u12 were at home -accurate bowling by Praharsh Parikh and Chris Round kept St Josephs below 70 and, though the potential match winning top order all succumbed to rash shots, they had done enough and we were home with 3 wickets and 2 overs to spare.

The u13 won their competition last year, but it was not to be so this time around. Their national campaign as county champions had fallen at the first hurdle in a very wet Yorkshire and weather driven fate hit them again. After two potential club venues were under water, they too went indoors at Saddleworth’s sports hall. The home team, like ourselves, brimming with district, area and county players, were held to 80 in 20 overs but early wicket losses meant we were always behind the rate and fell a hugely disappointing 20 short.

The u14 went to Bury Grammar. Ben Sykes led the way with 45 with the bat supported by his captain Dan Southworth and Zak Howarth – the 127-6 was a highly defendable score and so it proved. Weather intervened again, but Bury were reeling at 26-7 and so the match was ours.

The u15 met up with ESSA in the round of 16. Possibly shocked by the bright sun, the u15s produced a very shoddy fielding performance but Charlie Unsworth with 3 wickets and Eshan Ratnaweera with 4 were eventually too straight and quick for overwhelmed opponents. Eshan finished the ESSA innings off with his first ever hat trick. The total was passed in speedy style in 35 balls with a lusty 30 from Dan Southworth.

The draw demanded the u12 played twice in a week. Crompton House were the next opponents and this was the icing on the excitement cake. Being bowled out for 73 with nearly three overs of their 25 left, the U12 knew things would be tough. No one scored more than 20 but scoring proved equally tough for our visitors. Indeed, top scorer of the day were the 20 extras we gave away and when Crompton House were one run behind with two overs and two wickets to go, like the weather things looked good for them. Praharsh Parikh bowled a wicket maiden and Edward Clarke’s stunning catch off Tobi Ramwell’s first ball of the last over gave us the narrowest of wins.

So three of the four year group teams are now at the quarter final stage in the LSCA County competitions and they are hoping to emulate the success of the 1st xi who retained the North West T20 Cup last month and await their North East opponents also at the quarter final stage..this time nationally.

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Playing indoors did not hinder the U12s, who overcame St Joseph

Playing indoors did not hinder the U12s, who overcame St Joseph's to progress to the 4th Round of the County Cup