Royston Crows U19 T20 side defeated in inaugural match

Royston U19s T20 side

Royston U19s T20 side - Credit: Archant

Royston Crows U19 T20 cricket side were defeated by Elstow Rabbits in their first-ever Natwest U19 Club T20 match at Therfield Recreation Ground.

In the new ECB competition, aimed at keeping youngsters involved in the sport, the Rabbits set a challenging 166 for Royston to chase.

Callan Gill smashed a quick-fire half century, before retiring as Elstow moved into the driving seat.

In response, the Crows’ openers, adorned in a kit designed by themselves and which was sponsored by local business Borders & Bow, were quickly sent on their way, with the unlucky Matt Houghton out LBW to a ball that kept very low.

Sam Hodgetts came and went before Evan Goldman showed some great attacking shots, hitting five fours and a six before being bowled by Sumit Karunakotha for 30.

The rest of the batting order, with the exception of James May and Kyle Augustine, quickly departed with the Crows eventually all out off the penultimate ball for 75.