Youngsters impress for first league victory

PUBLISHED: 12:37 21 June 2007 | UPDATED: 15:08 12 May 2010

ROYSTON under 12s recorded their first win of the league season in impressive style against Foxton. Batting first, Foxton made a slow start against the tight bowling of Philip Hall and Bonham Harper - the first three overs of the innings being maidens.

ROYSTON under 12s recorded their first win of the league season in impressive style against Foxton.

Batting first, Foxton made a slow start against the tight bowling of Philip Hall and Bonham Harper - the first three overs of the innings being maidens.

Hall bowled his four overs in his usual economical fashion (4-2-9-1) and was well supported by Ollie Racher (4-1-8-1), Max McClean (2-1-3-0) and Ben Seabrook (3-1-5-2).

Foxton's 58-6 off 20 overs was never going to be enough and Royston's openers Harper and Paul Leary produced a partnership of 40, that allowed Jamie Seabrook to hit the winning runs with only 8.3 overs needed to complete a comfortable victory.

Elsewhere, the under 15s also produced their own stylish win over Weston Colville, thanks to some big hitting from Sam Montague-Fuller (38) - who hit two huge sixes. Montague-Fuller was well supported by Rory Harper (32) and Martin Leary (22), and with help from Adam Wright (18 not out) and Ben Squires (10) helped Royston to a match winning total of 125-4.

In reply, Weston never got going and with Leary and Mark Harper (4-2-3-2) opening the bowling the first three batsmen were back in the clubhouse without scoring.

But they held on to finish on 65-7 after 20 overs giving Royston a very comfortable 60-run victory.

- AFTER a disjointed start to the season Reed under 13s recorded back-to-back victories taking the points against Hardwick & Shepreth and Sawbridgeworth.

Putting Hardwick in, Reed soon had their opponents struggling at 11-3 thanks to Sam Deville's (3-10) clever bowling. Spencer (21) and Harradine (11) then led a Hardwick recovery, but a late burst of 3-15 from Reed's Luke Cox saw the home side restricted to 91-8.

In reply, Reed also lost early wickets, but Ollie Benham and Sean Tidey put on a good partnership to take them to 48-3.

Benham went on to make an unbeaten 38 as Reed reached their target with six wickets and an over to spare.

Batting first against Sawbridgeworth, the Reed opening pair of William Heslam and James Hooper reached 40 before Hooper was caught for 11.

Heslam went on to score 27, and solid contributions from Ollie Benham (18), Sam Deville (22) and William Kirby (19) saw Reed total a challenging 148-4.

Sawbridgeworth also got off to a good start against some wayward Reed bowling, but the introduction of William Heslam into the Reed attack swung the match back in their favour.

Heslam took 4-17 in four overs, with all his victims being clean bowled, to leave Sawbridgeworth faltering.

Morley (47) continued to keep the visitors in the hunt, but when he was caught by man-of-the-match Heslam, they subsided to 127 all out.

- MERIDIAN'S Year 9 team's first match of the season started in exciting fashion with them beating Hitchin's Priory School by six runs.

Meridian struggled early on but Jonathan Brian got his side back on track with an intelligent 37, and helped give Priory a total of 86 to chase.

In reply, Priory also got off to a slow start, with wickets falling to Ben Jackson.

However, as Meridian had got stronger in their innings, so did their opponents.

Priory needed 10 runs from the last over, but thanks to a superb performance by Trevor Shumba, Meridian hung on as he restricted Priory to just four runs.

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