Shropshire Under 15s cruise to ten-wicket victory over Herefordshire

Openers Tom Saji and Will Lewin ensured Shropshire Under 15s cruised to a ten-wicket victory when they took on Herefordshire.

Shropshire's Under 15 Boys cricket team
Shropshire’s Under 15 Boys cricket team

Saji was unbeaten on 45, while Lewin raced to 82 as Shropshire hit 159 without losing a wicket before the end of the 18th over at Burghill, Tillington & Weobley CC.

Earlier, Adithya Manigandan led the way with the ball, taking 4-38 as the hosts were dismissed for 157, with Joseph Cotham chipping in with 2-19.

Under 13s

The Under 13s also continued their fine season with a comprehensive victory over Herefordshire, this time by 139 runs.

Batting first the rattled up 253-6 in their 40 overs with Jonathan Bland hitting 25, William Jenkins 37, Freddie Timmis 44, Hamza Bhatti 20, Jovan Uppal 26 while late call-up Gabriel Downes was unbeaten on 42 at the close.

In reply, they dismissed their hosts for 114 with Henry Walker taking 3-33, Toby Edgerton 3-10, and Josh McDonald 2-28.

Under 14s

The Under 14s then made it three wins out of three for age group sides against Herefordshire when they beat their counterparts by three wickets.

Bowling first, Matthew Waller’s impressive 4-17, backed up by Harry Walker’s 2-30 helped restrict the hosts to 173-9 from their 45 overs.

In the reply opener Hashim Rabi Ahmed hit 27, but Shropshire then lost wickets and were indebted to middle order contributions from Josh McDonald (20), Tom Griffin (41) and Charlie Bellfield (30) as they reached their victory target.

Under 13 Girls

Shropshire’s Under 13 Girls enjoyed a day out with the ball when they took on Warwickshire, dismissing their opponents for just 35, with Ella Thomas taking 3-6, Amy Griffiths 3-4 and Lauren Kenvyn 2-4.

Griffiths then hit an unbeaten 24 to ensure Shropshire sealed victory despite the loss of three wickets.

The teams then played a second 25-overs-a-side game, with Warwickshire finishing their innings on 136 with Freya Jones taking 2-5 and Kenvyn 2-23.

In the run chase, Griffiths hit 44 but Shropshire fell short of their target on 103-5.

The following day the girls beat Warwickshire and Staffordshire in T20 games at Denstone College.

Against Warwickshire they batted first and finished on 104-4 with Erin Newey hitting an unbeaten 37 and Kenvyn on 28 not out. In the reply they restricted their opponents to 93-6 with Angharad Morgan taking 2-7.

They also dismissed Staffordshire for 68 with two wickets apiece for Kenvyn, Jones and Thomas, before knocking off the runs for the loss of seven wickets.

They ran out of steam in their final game, being dismissed for 66 by Warwickshire who then knocked off the runs for the loss of five wickets in the final game of the week.

Under 17 Boys

Shropshire Under 17 Boys travelled to Chesham to take on Buckinghamshire in a two-day game, and openers Josh Darley (68) and Thomas Dix (63) laid the foundations for a big score. Dominic Zaza then hit 60 and Adithya Manigandan 41 as Shropshire were dismissed for 305.

Bucks then declared their first innings on 279-7 with Ben Parker and Lewis Evans taking two wickets apiece for Shropshire.

Darley (41 not out) and Dix (30) were then in the runs as Shropshire reached 93-1 in their second innings before stumps.

It did not go so well for the boys in the 50-over game the following day, with Bucks being bowled out for 226 as Cameron Watson and Evans took three wickets apiece. In the reply, Evans hit 39 and Sam Papps 22, but they were dismissed for 126.

Harriet Shuker took 2-32, Eleanor Yates 2-24 and Caitlin Belcher 2-23 as Shropshire Under 15 Girls took on Yorkshire and restricted them to 197-6 from their 40 overs.

In the reply, Emily Churms hit a rapid 29 from 18 balls, but the Shropshire innings subsided to 91 all out in reply.

They then took on Northumberland at Benwell Hill CC with the hosts batting first and finishing on 242-3, with Ella Austin picking up two wickets. In the reply Shuker hit 56, Churms 35 and Palmer 29 as they were bowled out for 172.

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