Junior cricket: Henry Hopkins’ magnificent century inspires Durham Under-12s

Durham County Under-12s opened their season with two friendly successes.

A magnificent 126 from captain Henry Hopkins guided Durham to 195 all out against Cumbria, after being 22-4.

Hopkins hit 20 fours and a six in an unforgettable innings of real maturity, backed by Patrick Nicholson (14) and Taylor Moulder (16).

In reply, Cumbria were dismissed for 101 as Sebastian Hughes-Pinan grabbed 3-21, while Burgess and Nicholson struck twice.

The county side proved too strong for Durham School, securing a fine 44-run victory.

The county team had plenty of trouble early on as the Durham School bowlers made merry, reducing their visitors to 38-6.

But Sam Goodwin’s 61-ball 35, with four fours, and Owen Hayton’s 59-ball 34, also with four boundaries, steadied the ship in an 81-run seventh-wicket partnership. The county closed on 140-8 after 35 overs, with Basu taking 4-14 and Huntley 2-17.

Durham School looked to be cruising to victory when Basu (34) and Chin (27) put on 74 for the first wicket, but their innings disintegrated as they were all out for just 96 in the 29th over.

Goodwin stole the show with 4-7, while Mason Bell grabbed 3-3.

* Durham Under-13s finished 76-run winners against Cleveland Schools at Eppleton.

Ben McKinney (60), Ross Whitfield (50), Matthew Sheppard (24no) and Callum Brown (21) led Durham to 186-5 in 40 overs as Knaggs took 4-44.

Cleveland then struggled to 110 all out, despite 49 from Abhiraj Atwal, with James Hutchinson, Jack Scott and Mitchell Killeen all striking twice.

* Durham U15s beat Durham School by 16 runs in a closely-contested friendly.

Lucas Parry (24), Atticus Garlick (43), Tom Bolam (29) and Isaac Unsworth (34no) guided the county to 194-7 in 40 overs, with Jenson Hibbits and Leo Giacomelli each striking twice.

Niall Butler (63) and Stephenson (57) starred in Durham School’s reply, but they were all out for 178, with Harry Crawshaw (2-18) and Ben Pentland (2-15) the pick of the bowlers.