Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Cricket: South Essex youth out-played by Essex

Metropolitan Essex Eagles U15 160 all out
South Essex District U15 138 all out

Captain Harry Slack won the toss and elected to field in this latest youth representative fixture as part of the South Essex District Cricket Board’s extensive match schedule.

The South did not start too well with many extras being conceded and no pressure being applied on the Metropolitan batsmen.   They raced to 74 from the first fifteen overs at the Rankins CC ground, but then Josh Jones was introduced to the attack and stemmed the run flow with two wickets at a cost of just 18 runs from eight overs.

With the visitors pegged back at 100 for the loss of three wickets, the home side looked to push home the advantage but number nine batsman Doyle had other thoughts.  He struck a quick-fire 43 to set a testing target.

After tea, South lost the early wicket of Ravi which brought in Dan Petts. the partnership was going along strong with 40 runs on the board, but then Harry was bowled and the innings started to fall away.  Jack Plom and Ryan Creasy were putting the pressure back on the visitors but the rate run was always rising in the face of tight bowling and good fielding.  Eventually, the pick of the crop from South Essex lost by 22 runs.

After the game, Scott Simmons, U15 squad coach for the South Essex District Cricket Board said: “The boys showed great character to bring themselves back in the game after the quick start Met had, but we have lots of lessons to be learned”.


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