Junior cricket: Durham County U15s take route 66 to victory

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Durham Cricket Board Under-15s rounded off their season with a 66-run victory over North Yorkshire at Masham in a two-day friendly.

Durham won the toss and elected to bat, with Durham City duo Will Jewitt and Cameron Fyfe opening the batting. Although both openers were dismissed very early, with the score 20-2 from nine overs and Scott Robson being caught for just six, 10 runs later, Durham regained their composure.

Nathan Hall (85) and Marcus Brown (58) got Durham back on track with an 125-run partnership, backed by a quickfire 21 from Matthew Brown, in 18 balls, before Durham were bowled out for 226 in 64 overs. Charlie Stokes (4-57)was the pick of the bowlers.

Durham started well in North Yorkshire’s reply, bagging two early wickets for just eight runs and the home side kept losing frequent wickets, before being bowled out for 125 in 48 overs, with Zack Wilson top-scoring on 36, giving Durham an 101-run lead.

Matthew Adamson picked up 3-29, with Aaron Halliday, Jack Rowley and Toby Lush all bagging two wickets apiece.

Durham rattled up 115-0 in 34 overs, with Fyfe making 61 and Jewitt 51 off 92 balls, in their second innings, before declaring to give North Yorkshire a target of 217 to chase down.

North Yorkshire continued to lose wickets throughout their second innings and were bowled out for 150 in 52.4 overs, with Jack Sargon (47) top-scoring, backed by 29 from Luke Haidar.

Jack Rowley was the pick of the bowlers for Durham, taking 4-29 from 16 overs, while Hall picked up 3-39.

Boldon overcame Langley Park by 14 runs in the Durham Cricket Board Bowl Under-15s Cup Final.

Oliver Sampson-Barnes led the way for Boldon with an unbeaten 50 from 34 balls, backed by 21 from Nathan Hewitt, as they finished with 96 from 20 overs. Jack Hughes bagged 3-14 for Langley Park.

Boldon started well in Langley’s reply when Ben Fox grabbed the early wicket of James Coxon, but, with Craig William’s still at the crease, everything seemed possible for Park. He ended on 36 not out from 60 balls, however Langley could not get over the line, finishing 14 runs short on 82-6. Sampson-Barnes and Daniel Wales both struck twice for Boldon.