LCB Boys Under 17s narrowly miss out on
THE LCB Boys Under 17s narrowly lost to
Middlesex in the final of the Royal London County Cup at Kibworth CC, on Sunday, 9 July
Lancashire having won the toss elected to bat 1st, however lost 2 early
wickets of Crawley and Southworth. This brought captain Udwadia to the crease
with Heaton at the other end putting on a partnership of 94 when Udwadia was out
for 44. Heaton continued impressively with new batsman Fielding and they posted
a partnership of 58, when Fielding was caught for 15. Dorsey and Heaton
continued well until Heaton was stumped for 118 (from 139 balls, 12 4),
leaving Dorsey and Dove to conclude Lancashire's innings at 259 for 5 off the
allotted 50 overs.
In reply Middlesex batted well with most of their batsmen contributing to the
total, despite an early wicket taken by Udwadia of their opener Shukla for 5.
With just 10 overs left Middlesex were only 3 wickets down and whilst spinners
Jack Morley took 3 wickets for 52 runs and Lewis Dove 2 wickets for 38 runs, the
Lancashire bowlers couldn't quite break down the Middlesex innings and Middlesex
passed Lancashire's total in the final over of the match to finish 265 for 7
Gary Yates, LCB Boys U17s Head Coach and LCCC Academy Director, said:- "It
was a great game of cricket on an excellent wicket. The match followed a similar
pattern throughout both innings and concluded in a very tense and exciting
finish. Our players can be very proud of their performances throughout this 1
day competition. To reach a National Final is an excellent achievement.
Furthermore, our players will have gained a lot of learning and understanding
from this experience. We can now confidently look forward to the Specsavers U17
County Championship which is a three day competition starting this week against
Yorkshire, on Tuesday, 11 July 2017, at Northern CC."
Bob Dearden, Manager for the LCB Boys U17s, added:- "It was a superb
performance by our team of 16 and 17 year olds against a Middlesex team that
fielded 3 strong 18 year old players, which the new regulations allow. The team,
well led by Rehan Udwadia, have been a great credit to the Red Rose throughout