U15's ECB Cup Campaign Underway

by Vince Reddick

Following their victory on Wednesday, our Under 15 team made the trip to Stover School to play Bovey Tracey U15's in the first round of the ECB Under 15 National Cup competition. The teams had met in the County final two years ago and this represented a tough draw for the boys so early in the season.


Marcus Hoddinott won the toss and decided to bat and post a score. This proved to be a very good decision as Marcus and Will Street got of to a great start. Both worked the gaps well on a slow outfield, with Marcus hitting 7 fours on his way to retiring on 43 and Will hitting 6 fours before also retiring on 42 shortly after.


As the boys looked to capitalise on the excellent start Marcus and Will had given the team, we lost a few wickets hitting out. Harry Skinner didn't disappoint - hitting 12 from 3 balls, including one huge six before swinging all round the next ball after his six! Jamie Telford batted intelligently, working the ball into the gaps on his way to an unbeaten 24 which included 5 fours. Our innings closed on a very competitive 150 for 4 from our 20 overs.


Bovey opened with their 'Big Guns' as Jack Thomas and Ben Roberts tried to stay in touch with the required runr rate. The early exchanges were tight and only a couple of miss-fields yielded boundaries for Bovey. As the boys sharpened things up in the field, coupled with some accurate bowling from James Vanstone, Bovey slipped further behind the rate.


With Bovey looking to attack the spinners, Marcus turned to Luke Crocker to put the brakes on. Luke produced the bowling performance of the season so far as he cleaned up Thomas (39) and Roberts (35) on his way to figures of 4 for 22, all 4 clean bowled.


Bovey had little to offer once the hitters were out and their innings finished with Bovey on 128 for 5. We now host Exmouth U15's in the next round, which now gives me the headache of fitting the fixture in!


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