DURHAM Cricket Board Under-15s will look to the positives of their annual southern tour over the bank holiday, despite failing to pick up a win.
Disappointingly, the youngsters’ opening match against Lincolnshire as abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Fortunately, conditions allowed the go-ahead for their second match against Middlesex at Merchant Taylor’s School in Northwood.
Durham won the toss and elected to bat, with Luke Ellioty and Nathan Hall opening the batting. Durham managed to reach 159 all out from 46 overs, with Elliott top-scoring on 50 from 122 balls, while no other Durham player scored more than 12. Jack Rowley (12), Toby Lush (10) and Marcus Brown (10) offered the best support.
Thomas Mcleod was the pick of the bowlers for Middlesex, bagging 4-25.
Durham started off well in reply, picking up two early wickets, but Savin Parera hit an unbeaten 71 from 111 balls which halted Durham’s chances of winning which included nine fours as Middlesex eased home in 39.2 overs. Aaron Halliday bagged 4-40 for Durham, while Hall and Rowley also struck.
Durham fell 126 runs short in their final tour game against Essex at Billericay.
Essex won the toss and elected to bat, scoring a magnificent 240-5 in 45 overs.
Charlie Lockhart fell early for Essex, being run out for only 16, but Harsh Kumar (58) and Akash Raji (42) led the way for Essex, while Alex Jones hit an unbeaten 54 coming in at five, backed by 25 from Umar Choudry.
Nathan Hall picked up two wickets for Durham, with Anthony Holliday also striking, with Scott Robson and Luke Ramshaw both getting run-outs.
Durham did not get off to the best start in their reply, with Elliott going for just one run, after facing nine balls, and Lush (11) falling shortly after. Hall steadied the ship with a knock of 24 before being caught by Charlie Haddon after facing 61 balls.
Will Jewitt (23) and Jack Rowley (12) were the only others to reach double figures as Durham were dismissed for 114 in 33.6 overs. Edward Smith was the pick of the Essex bowlers, taking 5-16.