U15's finish Jersey tour with win
The North West under-15 Development Squad ended their short but enjoyable tour to Jersey on Sunday with a nail-biting 1-wicket win over the hosts at the picturesque FB fields in the island's St Clement district.
The visitors were 2-0 down going into the last game of three but were just able to do enough to gain a well-deserved success, enabling the trip to end on a high note.
Batting first the home side posted a competitive 166 all out with Dylan Kotedia top scoring with 43. Josh Lawrenson (29), James Sunley (22) and Tommy Boarer (21) also played well while for the North West lads Robbie Millar (2-14), Kyle Magee (2-28) and Ben Mills (2-38) fared best with the ball.
An opening stand of 52 between Kyle Magee (29) and Conor Graham (21) looked to have set the visitors on course for an emphatic win before Jersey's bowlers fought back. Tommy Heelis led the way with 3-25, while Asa Tribe (2-21) and Patrick Gouge (2-36) provided the support.
At 112-8 the game looked lost for the visitors before a valuable 17 from Tommy Orr and a 9th wicket partnership between Brooke Crumley (27) and Tom Harpur (23 not out) saved the day just in the nick of time.
It was a fantastic end to a successful trip for all concerned and little doubt the squad will have gained plenty of experience from their efforts.
The North West Cricket Union are deeply indebted to the Cooke family whose generous sponsorship in memory of former International umpire Eric Cooke was a huge help in funding the travelling party.