Yorkshire beat Jersey in Standard Bank opener
Yorkshire beat Jersey's Under-17s by 36 runs at Grainville yesterday in the first round of matches of the Standard Bank Under-16 County Cricket Festival.
Having lost the toss and being put into bat, Yorkshire made 179-7 in their 50 overs, opener James McNicholl top-scoring with a patient 46 and Henry Chadwick making 36*. Jersey were then bowled out for 143 with 3.1 overs to spare.
Whilst the victory was eventually a comfortable one, for large periods of the game Jersey would've fancied their chances of causing an upset. Yorkshire's top order initially struggled against Jersey's new-ball pairing of Corne Bodenstein and Alex Noel, scoring 16 runs off the first 10 overs. This early pressure continued and, with Yorkshire 65-3 after 25 overs, Jersey may have hoped to restrict their opponents to a score closer to 150. As it was, Chadwick's 36* and some brisk lower order hitting from Wilson (19 off 21) and Simpson (12 off 8) propelled Yorkshire to a competitive total.
In reply, Jersey's openers Will Falle and Bodenstein started positively, running hard between the wickets and looking to score where possible. Yet from being 22-0 after 5 overs, Jersey lost 3 quick wickets, Falle, Bodenstein and captain Aidan McGuire all dismissed in successive overs. Jersey never really recovered from this top-order collapse, Luke Gallichan's 35 the only real resistance as the home side stuttered to 143 all out. Yorkshire's Lewis Stabler and George Ross took 3 wickets apiece.
Elsewhere in Group B, Berkshire beat Wales by 57 runs at FB Fields. Stuart Parsons, despite being dropped first ball, starred for Berkshire with the bat, making 94 in his team's total of 222-5. Parsons was ably supported by Dan Lincoln, who made 39. Berkshire then bowled Wales out for 165 in 43.1 overs, Will Ellison taking 3-23 in 6 overs.
In Group A, Surrey and Buckinghamshire each won their opening fixtures at Les Quennevais.
Surrey beat Hampshire by 63 runs on pitch one, making 187-8 batting first and then bowling their opponents out for 124. Richard O'Grady scored 70 for Surrey and Matt Stibbard returned the impressive figures of 4-11 from 6 overs.
On pitch two, Buckinghamshire beat Oxfordshire by two wickets in a low-scoring game. Oxfordshire were bowled out for 104 in 49.3 overs, Izhan Khan and Robin Collins taking 7 wickets between them. Buckinghamshire then chased down the runs in 40.2 overs, Tom Helm the only batsman to make it into double figures with 43.