St Joseph's, Ipswich, began their campaign in the NCU Under 16 Festival with a straightforward victory over Yorkshire Schools, winning by 100 runs at Belmont.

Put into bat, the St Joseph's openers began brightly before Bowyer fell to Heyes in the 9th over with the score on 27. Kelvin Waldock was then joined by Matt Kent and they combined to produce the highest partnership of the match, taking the score to 90 before Waldock was caught at mid off.

Jack Oakes made 18 before falling to Hayes and Kent soon followed, caught by keeper Clayton for an excellent 50 from 99 balls. With Ed Lucking contributing a breezy 20, St Joseph's reached 191 for nine by the end of their 50 overs.

Most successful of the Yorkshire bowlers was Robert Heyes with 3 for 37.

The Yorkshire innings began disastrously with Hayes being bowled by Ticker in the first over and Heyes soon followed him back to the pavilion with the score on 9. Ali was then run out going for an impossible second run and when Stenton was caught off Oakes, Yorkshire had slumped to 28 for five.

A partnership of 25 between Makkink and Beukes improved the situation but another clutch of dismissals left Yorkshire on 68 for nine. The last wicket pair of Lomax and Slater proved more obdurate than many of the earlier batsmen and they added 23 before Lomax was bowled by Millions.

Pick of an economical St Joseph's bowling line up were G Jones, with three wickets for 21 in 7 overs, and Euan Tickner who took two wickets for seven runs in six overs.

St Joseph's return to Belmont tomorrow, when they will meet today's other winners, the NCU.