LYC 2017 Update 1

by Dave Whitmore

Bad weather at the start of the week meant that the Under 13s first game of the season against Lancashire was abandoned without a ball being bowled. Thankfully by Sunday the sun was out and the Under 14s and 15s were able to play the next round of their Royal London Cup fixtures.

The Under 15s, fresh off the back of their first victory of the season against Derbyshire the week before, continued where they left off by bowling Buckinghamshire out for 145.

All of the bowlers bowled well in very tough windy conditions, sharing the wickets around with Prahlad Odedra picking up three and Harry Tyler and Uday Modhwadia picking up two respectively. 

The batters then made light work of chasing down the total, only losing the solitary wicket of Will Legg as they reached the total in 33.1 overs. 

Dylan Church continued his fine form as he scored 76 not out off 103 balls. This was his third 50 of the season for the Under 15s this year, taking his average up to 110 for the season. He was ably supported by Will Matthews who finished on 42 not out as the team picked up their first win of their Royal London Cup Campaign.

The Under 14s travelled to Worcestershire and managed to continue their unbeaten start to the season in a nail biting 6-run victory. Leicestershire won the toss and elected to bat. Several of the top order batters got themselves in, got starts but then got out.

James Tattersall top-scored with 42 off 87 balls as Leicestershire grafted their way to 178 all out, losing the final wicket on the last ball of the innings. 

The Worcestershire innings got off to a great start for Leicestershire as Oscar Allen took a wicket in the first over, trapping Baker lbw. Despite losing regular wickets, the home team kept the scoreboard ticking along nicely and at one point were 163-6. 

However, Leicestershire then managed to take the final 4 wickets for 9 runs to bowl Worcestershire out for 172. The pick of the bowlers was Allen (3/29) and Oli Winder (2/3) as the Under 14s went top of their Royal London Cup table.

Coming up this week, the Under 11s play their first game of the season at Barrow Town against Nottinghamshire on Tuesday, June 13. The Under 14s and 15s look to continue their winning runs next Sunday with the 14s travelling to Buckinghamshire and the 15s travelling to Shropshire.

Away from the matches, the players are all working extremely hard in the week, in particular the wicket keepers who have been lucky enough to have some sessions with former Leicestershire captain and wicket-keeper Paul Nixon.

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