LYC 2017 Update 2

by Dave Whitmore

Parth Sindhal starred with the ball to finish a very good week for Leicestershire Young Cricketers. 

On Monday, Sindhal (pictured) and the rest of the Under 13s took on Yorkshire, who are notoriously one of the strongest sides in age group cricket. Yorkshire won the toss and elected to bat first on a very hot day at Long Whatton CC. 

This looked a good decision as the opening pair put on 40 in the first eight overs. Aryan Patel broke the partnership by bowling opener Brady for 14 and then struck twice more to reduce the visitors to 60-3.

Sindhal came to the party, ripping through the Yorkshire batting line up with his leg-spin, taking six wickets for just four runs as Yorkshire collapsed to 82 all out.

Knowing that the Yorkshire bowlers would still make chasing a low total difficult, Leicestershire started slowly, reaching only 21 off 10 overs when the first wicket fell.

Wickets continued to tumble regularly, but opening batsman Jai Modhvadia managed to stay at the crease until he was the sixth wicket to fall with the score on 70. This brought Josh Lancaster to the crease, and he made light work of the 13 still required to win, hitting a four and six to take Leicestershire over the line to a four-wicket victory.

The Under 15s were in top form at Wellington CC as they comfortably beat Shropshire by nine wickets. Harry Tyler (5-20) led the bowlers as Shropshire were bowled out for 90 in just 22.1 overs. Leicestershire cruised to the total in 17.5 overs as they recorded consecutive nine-wicket victories, Dylan Church finishing with 42 not out.

The Under 14s took on Buckinghamshire, hoping to continue their unbeaten start to the season. The Under 14s batted first and racked up 264 all out in 47 overs. Josh Odell (54) and Nathan Shaw (62) the standout performers with the bat.

Oscar Allen and Stan Williams started well with the new ball, removing both openers with score on 13. Bucks never really recovered and were all out for 110, with all the bowlers sharing the wickets around. 

The only disappointing result this week came at Barrow Town as the Under 11s lost their first game of the season to Nottinghamshire.

This game saw three players make their debuts for Leicestershire, Angus Maloney, Aidan Major and Zubin Bandi. A combination of some good batting, loose bowling and some naïve game awareness saw Notts make 208-5 off their 40 overs.

Openers Bandi and Arush Buchake started positively putting on 49 for the first wicket. Bandi was the first man to fall, lbw for 14. This started a procession and Leicester lost the remaining nine wickets for 96 runs, as Leicestershire were bowled out 145.

Although the result was disappointing the boys learned a lot. Most are still very inexperienced in playing longer forms of the game, due to predominantly playing pairs cricket at club level. Hopefully they can take some of these things into their next game on June 20 as they travel up to Bury CC to take on Lancashire.

The week ahead is very busy for the Under 14s who take on Yorkshire at Kegworth on Thursday in a friendly before continuing their Royal London Cup campaign at Oakham School against Bedfordshire on Sunday. The Under 15s also host Bedfordshire on Sunday at Leicester Ivanhoe CC.

Away from the games, the next month will see the boys train at Loughborough University due to the Women’s World Cup being played at Grace Road.

Throughout the last few weeks, and over the coming month, several of our players have had the opportunity to bowl in the nets at the international teams who are over here, which has been a great experience for them.