U14 Round Up Week Commencing 2/7/18
U14 Cup Semi Final
Tideford v Yealmpton
The U14 Cup has reached the semi final stage and the first match to be played saw Tideford host Yealmpton at the Port Eliot Estate Cricket Ground in scorching summer conditions.
The hosts won the toss and decided to bat first, sending their visitors into the field. Tideford's innings was anchored by Chris Aire who scored a fantastic 51. He was supported by Evan Spencer (19*) and Sydney Bond (18) as Tideford amassed 125-4 off of their allotted 20 overs.
In reply, Yealmpton's opener Henry Murphy led the way with 40 and later in the innings David Moysop chipped in with a very useful 30. Unfortunately for Yealmpton no one else got going as they finished an agonising 10 runs short when their overs ran out; closing on 115/8. Evan Spencer's 2/16 off 4 overs being the pick of Tideford's bowling attack.
The second semi final will be played this Friday when Plymouth travel up the A38 to Ivybridge's Filham Park in what promises to be an enthralling match up between 2 of the top 3 in the league.
There was an all Plympton affair played out at Harewood House as the St Maurice side matched up to the St Mary side. St Mary won the toss and invited St Maurice to bat first. The St Maurice batting line-up enjoyed much success as Jake Agnew (58*), Jack Sellick (47), Loyd Atwill (31), Surya Suresh (28), Isaac Rowsell (23) and Evie Privett (15) all made valuable contributions to a final score of 227/6 off of 20 overs. In reply the St Mary side's Megan Nicholas (13) tried to follow the example of the first innings but Evie Privett's 2/2 and Luca Manuell's 2/10 restricted the other batsmen as the St Mary side were all out for 54 with St Maurice winning and keeping up their unbeaten league record.
Tideford v Lewdown
Before Tideford had their Cup Semi final, the had the small matter of visiting Lewdown to contend with. The visitor's called correctly at the toss and asked Tideford to bat first. Jake Bennett (33) and Evan Spencer (16) were the main run getters for the host side as they closed on 113/6. The Maynard Boys, Keith and Matthew, doing the most damage with the ball - 3/18 and 2/7 respectively.
In reply, Hugh Tomkinson made 39 and Keith Maynard completed a fine all-round performance by getting 33* as Lewdown reached their target with 4 wickets down and just under 3 overs left.
Plymstock v Yelverton
Dean Cross hosted Plymstock and Yelverton as both chased points to keep themselves on the tails of the leading pack in the league table. The visiting side won the toss and decided to bat first. On a relatively low scoring evening, Joe Wheeldon (33) and Oscar Oursin (17) made valuable contributions to get the up to 107/8. Tom Baker (2/13), Denzil Brown (2/18) and Harrison Baines (2/5) all doing good work with the ball. Plymstock took their time in pursuit but contributions from Ali Bond (34), Ed Hale (21) and Joe Taylor (17*) saw Plymstock to victory with 5 overs in hand, but only 6 balls.
Plymouth v Plympton St Mary
2 games in a week for St Mary, the second being a trip to title contenders Plymouth who looked to stay in pursuit of St Maurice. St Mary won the toss as they did in their first game but this time decided to bat first. Unfortunately the change in tactic did not bring around a change in luck as Plymouth's James Grigg (3/6) cut through the top order. It got no easier for the others as Molly Marsh (2/15) and George Jagger (2/0) completed what Grigg has started and St Mary were bowled out for 38. Alfie May did make 22 of the runs scored as he tried to offer some resistance to the bowling. In reply Plymouth got home inside 6 overs after losing 2 wickets - Ellis Dann top scoring with 12.
This coming week not only sees the second cup semi final being played, but on Monday the top two in the table meet when Plympton St Maurice host Plymouth. A win for St Maurice could all but seal the title for them. If Plymouth win, they will still have to face off with Ivybridge in a few weeks where a win for Ivybridge could lead to a 3-way tie at the top of the table and the league officials reaching for rule books and calculators to resolve the final placings.
Completing the fixture diary for this week are: Yealmpton v Cornwood; Yelverton v Buckland; Ivybridge v Plymstock; Plympton St Mary v Lewdown and Whitchurch v Tideford.