LYC 2017 Update 3

by Dave Whitmore

It’s been a very busy couple of weeks since the last LYC report, hence the length in time since our last report. Virtually every team has been in action, apart from the Under 17s whose season starts next week, and the Under 12s who fell foul to the English weather. 

The Under 11s suffered a big defeat in their second game of the season as they travelled up to Bury CC to face a strong Lancashire side. Bowling first, Lancashire destroyed Leicestershire’s batting line up, bowling them out for just 63. Credit must go to Lancashire who bowled with maturity beyond their  years, especially slow left armer George Taylor, who finished with figures of 5-11. 

Lancashire then chased the total in ten overs not losing a wicket in the process. A very humbling defeat for the boys, but a lot to learn from how Lancashire went about their cricket, especially with the ball, as well as about themselves. Hopefully they can take these lessons in to their next game when they take on Wales at Lutterworth this Wednesday.

The Under 13s momentum was stunted as they lost their first game of the season against Derbyshire. In cold conditions the under 13s had no hesitation in fielding first, despite the wicket still looking very good. 

With Derby 10-2 this looked a good decision, however, Derbyshire captain Archie Harrison came in at four and scored 85 off 95 balls showing a level of maturity way beyond his years and Derbyshire managed to make their way to 186-8 off their 40 overs. Aryan Patel was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with figures of 3-26.

In reply the Leicestershire innings never really got going and at 86-7 Leicestershire were never really in the game, Josh Lancaster (25) and Myne Rana (25) put on 50 for the eighth wicket but both batsmen fell with the score on 138 and Leicestershire ended 146 all out.

The Under 14s have had a mixed couple of weeks. Firstly, they beat Yorkshire at Kegworth, before following this up with 2 defeats against Bedfordshire and Warwickshire. 

In the Yorkshire game, the visitors batted first and posted a very challenging 255 off 48.4 overs. The wickets were shared around, with Oli Winder picking up three wickets. 

The Leicestershire innings started slowly, but when Winder came in after the fall of the first wicket, the momentum of the innings changed, as he scored 44 off 38 balls before he was caught and bowled by Gavin Whipp. 

Josh Odell was going along nicely as he made his way to his first 50 of the season for Leicestershire. He eventually fell for 55 with the score on 172-4. Rohan Kelkar took over from Winder in keeping the run rate above the required rate, striking seven fours as he made 45 off 40 balls. 

However, when he was run out and Louis Whitmore was bowled soon after, Leicestershire found themselves still needing 53 with only three wickets left. At this stage, it was clear that one way or the other, this game wasn’t going 50 overs. 

Armin Haynes and Oscar Allen struck some lusty blows and managed get the score closer and closer to the required total. Soon the runs required was into single figures and going in to the 44th over, only four were needed. Haynes settled everybody’s nerves as he launched the third ball over cover for 6 to complete a brilliant chase.

Three days later the team were brought crashing back down to earth as they suffered a six-wicket defeat to Bedfordshire.

Only three batsmen made it into double figures as Leicestershire were bowled out for just 168 in the first innings. James Tattersall was the only shining light for Leicestershire as he finished 75 not out. Bedfordshire never really looked in any trouble as they chased down the total in 32 overs, losing just four wickets along the way.

A week later, the team then played Warwickshire in what proved to be another good game of cricket. Bowling first again, the game was in the balance at 110-4 but 63 from Bethell and 103 not out from Butler helped Warwickshire set a strong total of 267-7 off their 50 overs. 

Kelkar and Odell got Leicestershire off to a solid start with an opening partnership of 44 for the first wicket. Most of the middle order got starts but nobody could stay with Oli Winder who continued his good form as he found the boundary with ease. 

Winder was quickly running out of partners and eventually found himself batting with last man Williams, with 25 still required. Unfortunately, the last pair were unable to stay together and Winder was the final wicket to fall with the score on 247. Winder finished with a brilliant 93 off 96 balls including 11 boundaries. 

Despite these last two defeats the Under 14s are still on top of their Royal London Cup and hope to get back to winning ways in a return fixture against Yorkshire, before resuming their Royal London Cup campaign at home to Wales.

The Under 15s are also in a very strong position in their Royal London Cup group after they defeated Bedfordshire by 48 runs at Leicester Ivanhoe CC. Losing the toss and getting put in, Leicestershire reached 187 before losing their final wicket in the 41st over. 

The Under 15s felt their score was light, thankfully the bowlers came to the batsmen’s rescue, taking regular wickets to bowl Bedfordshire out for 139. All of the bowlers bowled well, sharing the wickets around with Uday Modhwadia and Harry Tyler picking up three each. 

This result leaves the Under 15s third in their group, having played two games less than table toppers Buckinghamshire. The England Women’s Academy are in second, however, they cannot go through from the group, so the team have a very good chance of finishing top of the table and reaching the next round of the competition. 

The season is now beginning to enter its busiest stage as the Under 17s and Academy begin playing games post GCSEs & A-Levels. The school term is also coming to an end which means more regular fixtures for the 11s, 12s & 13s, including festivals in Taunton for the 11s and 13s. If you would like day to day updates on the Academy & LYC programme, follow the official Twitter page on @AcademyLyc.