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Dorset County U15 2013/14

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Assistant Manager: Simon Turrill

Dorset U15 Core Summer Squad

Harrison Clarke
Bradley Currie
Josh Dennis
Conrad Fish
Jem Hai
Henry Lockwood
Owen Morris
Tom Robinson
Ollie Shrubsole
Oliver Thomas
Ross Tooley
Frank Turrill
Greg Willows
Josh York

2014 Fixtures

Date Opposition Start Time Venue Result
Sat 26th April Canford 2nd XI (Friendly) 1.45pm Canford Cancelled - Rain
Sun 11th May Dorset U14 (Friendly, Home) 1pm Dean Park Won by 131 runs
Sun 18th May Wales (Friendly, Home) 11.30am Bryanston Won by 89 runs
Sun 25th May Gloucs (Friendly, Home) 11am Canford Cancelled - Rain
Fri 30th May Wiltshire (Friendly, Away) 11.30am Bishops Cannings CC Cancelled - Wilts scratched
Sun 1st June Surrey (Friendly, Home) 11am Dean Park Lost by 14 runs
Sun 8th June Berkshire (ECB, Home) 11am Canford Won by 35 runs
Sun 15th June Cornwall (ECB, Away) 11.30am St Erme CC Lost by 62 runs
Sun 22nd June Somerset (ECB, Home) 11am Dean Park Lost by 5 wickets
Sun 29th June Hampshire (ECB, Away) 1pm Totton & Eling CC Lost by 108 runs
Sun 13th July Warks (Friendly, Home) 11am Chapel Gate Won by 2 wickets
Wed 16th July Berkshire (ECB, Away) 11am Wargrave CC Won by 4 wickets
Tues 29th July Cornwall (ECB, Home) 11.30am Redlands Won by 57 runs
Sun 3rd August Somerset (ECB, Away) 11am Chard CC Lost by 7 runs
Tues 5th August Hampshire (ECB, Home) 11am Parley CC Lost by 5 wickets
Fri 8th August Wiltshire (Friendly, Home) 11am Parley CC Won on avg run rate

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Match Reports & Scorecards


Friday 8th August: Dorset U15 vs Wiltshire U15 (Friendly, Parley CC)

Dorset U15:   211 for 9 in 50 overs

Wiltshire U15:    163 for 5 in 42.5 overs (rain-affected)

Dorset won on average run-rate

Dorset U15s enjoyed a season-closing (and era-closing!) win over Wiltshire U15s at Parley CC, albeit finally determined by average run-rate after heavy rain arrived with just 7 overs remaining in the Wiltshire run-chase.

Dorset won the toss and elected to bat first, Greg Willows and Harrison Clarke producing another excellent opening partnership of 92 for the first wicket. Harrison eventually was caught on 33 in the 22nd over, with Greg also caught on 68 in the 29th. Owen Morris added 18 before becoming the first victim of Chahal's leg-spin, who was to have a memorable day. Frank Turrill batted well to score 31 in 29 balls, bowled by Chahal who then took the wicket of Jem Hai (3) in the same over, the score now 174 for 5 in the 40th. Josh York (0) was bowled first ball, again by Chahal, who also bowled Ollie Shrubsole (15) in the 46th over, had Oliver Thomas (10) stumped in the 48th and Tom Robinson (5) caught in the 50th to finish with the remarkable figures of 7 for 37. Henry Lockwood finished 12no and Josh Dennis 0no as Dorset's innings closed on 211 for 9 from 50 overs.

Wiltshire's opening batsmen, Wade and Samuels, delivered an equally fine first wicket partnership of 112, although helped by a couple of dropped catches along the way. They quickly latched on to anything even slightly short or full to reach 64 for 0 after 14 overs, somewhat ahead of the required rate. The scoring rate gradually was squeezed as Dorset's spinners made life difficult, Ross Tooley (10-3-33-0) bowling a tidy spell and Ollie Shrubsole (7-1-19-1) eventually getting the crucial breakthrough in the 30th over when Samuels was given out LBW for 39. Henry Lockwood (5-0-22-1) produced a brilliant reaction run-out in the 37th over, the score now 139 for 2, and then took the vital wicket of Wade two overs later, given out LBW when he stepped across his stumps and missed. Realising they were well behind the rate and with the first large spots of rain falling from a dark sky, Wiltshire sought to accelerate only to lose two further quick wickets to Harrison Clarke (8-2-20-1) and Bradley Currie (6.5-2-22-1). The rain became progressively heavy and the umpires eventually suspended play after 42.5 overs with the score on 163 for 5, the required rate now 7 per over. The match was abandoned 30 minutes later when it became clear no further play would be possible, Dorset winning on average run-rate (4.22 versus 3.81).

Match scorecard:


Tuesday 5th August: Dorset U15 vs Hampshire U15 (ECB County Cup, Parley CC)

Dorset U15:   130 all out in 45.3 overs

Hampshire U15:    131 for 5 in 32 overs

Hampshire won by 5 wickets

Dorset U15s suffered a second heavy defeat of the season at the hands of Hampshire U15s at Parley CC, managing to score just 130 all out in 45.3 overs. Hampshire reached the target comfortably in 32 overs with 5 wickets in hand.

Dorset won the toss and elected to bat first, overhead conditions at the outset being sunny and clear. Greg Willows and Josh York started in their customary positive manner but it quickly became clear the pitch was a challenging one, balls both staying low and rearing up. Josh (5) was caught off a top-edged pull in the 6th over whilst Greg (18) survived until the 11th over before pulling a long-hop straight to mid-wicket. Frank Turrill struck 5 of his first 6 scoring shots to the boundary but Ollie Shrubsole (0) was unable to get off the mark before clipping a catch to mid-wicket. Two further wickets fell in that same over as Tom Robinson (0) was given out LBW (although struck above the pad) and Jem Hai (0) was clean bowled. Conrad Fish (0) survived two overs before launching a waist-high full toss, sadly straight into the hands of deep mid-wicket on the boundary. This meant the score was a disappointing 54 for 6 at first drinks. The weather had by now turned showery and there were a couple of brief interruptions for rain. Frank Turrill batted on in fine form, partnered for 18 determined overs by Ollie Thomas (11) who successfully defended 46 of 54 balls faced before edging a catch to slip. Called up from the U14s at the last minute as injury cover, Alex Sands (4) struck a nice boundary before being bowled. Surviving two drops in the forties, Frank went to his half-century with another fine boundary, batting now with Ross Tooley (15) who hit his first Dorset 6 before playing on via an inside edge. The innings finished when Bradley Currie (1) was given out LBW, Frank eventually running out of partners at 57no after an excellent innings. Dorset finished 130 all out off 45.3 overs.

Opening the Dorset bowling, Conrad Fish (6-0-21-1) raised spirits with an early LBW in his first over whilst Bradley Currie (6-2-17-0) bowled a tight spell at the other end, a couple of edges dropping just short of the slips. Turning to spin early, Ollie Shrubsole (6-2-24-2) found good turn and bagged a double wicket maiden in his 3rd over, including their captain Organ (33), Hampshire wobbling slightly at 64 for 3 at first drinks. Frank Turrill (2-0-15-1) struggled a little with his line but took a wicket in his first over, well caught by Bradley Currie with the score now 89 for 4 in the 25th over. 3 overs later, Ross Tooley (10-0-41-1) was rewarded for a good spell with an LBW in his 8th over, the score 103 for 5. However, despite even Greg Willows (2-0-9-0) bowling a couple of overs of leg-spin on the sharply turning wicket, Dorset were unable to dislodge the impressive Hampshire No.2, Franklin (60no), and their free-hitting No.7, Dyer, as Hampshire reached 131 in 32 overs without further incident.

Many thanks to Greg Parsons for standing in as match-day Coach in Steve Wilson's absence and to Parley CC for hosting the match and catering the teas.

Match scorecard:

Sunday 3rd August: Somerset U15 vs Dorset U15 (ECB County Cup, Chard CC)

Somerset U15:   180 for 8 in 50 overs

Dorset U15:    173 all out in 44.3 overs

Somerset won by 7 runs

Dorset U15 suffered an agonising 7 run loss to Somerset U15s in a match marred by nasty personal sledging and some overzealous appealing from the Somerset players, which regrettably the umpires did nothing to stop.

Dorset arrived at Chard CC to find a soft, decidedly damp pitch that had been uncovered throughout Saturday's rain (despite there being another perfectly dry and only lightly-used pitch cut, which had been used by the club the previous day). Dorset won a tricky toss, good overhead conditions suggesting batting first but the damp pitch clearly offering potential movement for the seam bowlers. Opting to bowl first, Ollie Shrubsole's decision was quickly justified as the Somerset opening pair had to dig in against excellent opening spells from both Conrad Fish and Bradley Currie, together leaking just 22 runs from the first 12 overs. Josh Dennis followed up with a fine spell (6-0-14-0) but Owen Morris got the first breakthrough in his opening over, the dangerous Trenouth well caught by Ross Tooley running back. After 24 overs Somerset had reached just 54 for 1 but Scriven and Gundry were proving hard to dislodge. Experimenting to see how the slowly drying pitch would respond to spin, Ollie Shrubsole (3-0-12-0) bowled three tidy overs whilst Ross (6-2-28-1) bagged the wicket of the big-hitting Gundry just before second drinks, a brilliant low running catch pouched nonchalantly in the deep by Josh Dennis, the score now 82 for 2.

Reverting to pace as Somerset looked to press on, Henry Lockwood managed to find Scriven's edge 3 overs later, caught behind by Oliver Thomas. Owen Morris followed up with 2 more wickets in a fine second spell (10-1-34-3), with a run-out from Ollie Shrubsole in between, to leave Somerset 135 for 6 in the 44th over. Henry produced a sharp pick-up for a second run-out and Bradley was rewarded for his bowling with a late wicket (9-0-38-1), Conrad finishing wicketless but with impressive figures of 10-1-28-0. Dorset's fielding got rather scrappy in the closing overs as Somerset sought to maximise their total, their final score perhaps 10 or 15 runs higher than it should have been at 180 for 8 off 50 overs.

Dorset's reply started badly when Greg misjudged a drive on his 3rd ball and was yorked for 0. However Josh York and especially Owen Morris quickly capitalised on the now fast-drying pitch to rack up 83 runs in the first 17 overs, at which point Dorset appeared well on top. Sadly two wickets fell in successive overs when Owen was caught on 55, soon after reaching his half-century in style with another 4, and Josh was caught on 26 at slip off the testing spin of Shaw, now finding some good turn. Ollie Shrubsole partnered with first Tom Robinson (16) and Jem Hai (8) to push the score up to 142 for 5 before he too fell 1 run later, caught behind for 25 just before 2nd drinks. Henry Lockwood kept calm and put up some stout resistance as Dorset worked towards the target, Somerset now appealing relentlessly for pretty much anything. Oliver Thomas (6) and Conrad Fish (1) were unlucky to be given out LBW, the score now 156 for 8, bringing Ross Tooley to join Henry in the effort to get over the line. Some attacking shots from Ross pushed the score up to 173, within 8 runs of victory, before Henry was caught and bowled off a low full-toss and Bradley Currie was trapped in front LBW, leaving Ross 12no (a fourth consecutive Not Out innings).

Dorset finished 173 all out to lose by 7 runs, a result that means Dorset sadly no longer can qualify for the knock-out quarter-finals. However it was a strong all-around team performance in difficult circumstances (not least missing the in-form Harrison Clarke to suspected broken finger) and one that might have been reversed but for a handful of runs here and there.

Match scorecard:

Tuesday 29th July: Dorset U15 vs Cornwall U15 (ECB County Cup, Redlands)

Dorset U15:   277 for 8 in 50 overs

Cornwall U15:    220 for 9 in 50 overs

Dorset won by 57 runs

Dorset U15s won a good toss and made the most of excellent batting conditions at Redlands to post a daunting total of 277 for 8 which, despite a spirited run-chase, proved sufficient to beat Cornwall U15s by 57 runs.

Greg Willows and Harrison Clarke started strongly for Dorset, scoring 27 from the first 5 overs before Harrison was bowled for 7 in the 6th. Owen Morris took a few balls to get going but then joined Greg in an excellent partnership of 93 for the 2nd wicket, Owen eventually caught attempting to hit down the ground for 42. Ollie Shrubsole and Greg added a further 45 runs at a good rate before Greg was agonisingly caught off a top-edge on 99, the score now 166 for 3 in just the 30th over. Ollie was bowled 3 overs later for 16, only for Josh York to be caught for 5 off another top-edge in the same over, both wickets falling with the score on 179. This triggered something of a collapse as Tom Robinson was quickly caught behind, Oliver Thomas was caught for 15 and Jem Hai was run out for 13. With 8 overs remaining and the score still only 218 for 8, Cornwall were clearly looking to wrap the innings up quickly. However Conrad Fish (43no from 33 balls) and Ross Tooley (17no from 15 balls) ensured Dorset made the most of the closing overs by adding a further 59 quick runs. Dorset finished on 277 for 8 in 50 overs.

Given the flat pitch and very fast outfield, both sides were aware that 277 was eminently chase-able but Dorset took wickets steadily throughout the reply, Josh Dennis (7-0-41-1) getting the first breakthrough in the 6th over. Wickets for Bradley Currie (9-3-19-1) and Conrad Fish soon followed as Cornwall found themselves 65 for 3 at first drinks. Harrison Clarke took the wicket of the big-hitting Sturgess a few overs later, well caught in the deep by Owen Morris, which did much to take the sting out of the Cornwall attack. However it took another 53 runs before Owen (6-1-33-1) managed to bowl the similarly big-hitting Lombard, the score now 131 for 5 in the 31st over with the required rate climbing. Ollie Shrubsole bowled the Cornwall No.5 four overs later, quickly followed by second wickets for both Conrad (with excellent figures of 10-1-26-2) and Ollie (5-0-27-2). Cornwall were now 161 for 8 in the 38th over and running out of both batsmen and overs. Some dogged resistance from the Cornwall tail added another 37 runs before Harrison (10-1-37-2) took the 9th wicket in the 46th over. Cornwall finished 220 for 9 in 50 overs, 58 runs short of the target.

Match scorecard:

Wednesday 16th July: Berkshire U15 vs Dorset U15 (ECB County Cup, Wargrave CC)

Berkshire U15:   255 for 1 in 50 overs

Dorset U15:    256 for 6 in 49 overs

Dorset won by 4 wickets

Dorset U15s enjoyed a memorable ECB County Cup match at Wargrave CC, chasing down the formidable total of 255 to beat Berkshire U15s by 4 wickets with 1 over remaining. This on a pitch so flat that, between the first and second wickets to fall in the day, fully 83 overs were bowled and 412 runs scored!

Berkshire won what looked to be an important toss and elected to bat first on a pristine pitch in bright sunshine. They suffered the earliest of set-backs when Bradley Currie enticed the opener into fencing his first ball to Harrison Clarke at 2nd slip, very well caught low down. However, 7 overs and 43 runs later, it became clear the pitch was a road and offered little or nothing for the bowlers. With Berkshire's two in-form batsmen, Woods and Malik, both capitalising on the Powerplay fielding restrictions and a lightning-quick outfield to punish anything even slightly wayward, captain Ollie Shrubsole began the task of containing their run scoring. Turning to spin early at one end, Ross Tooley bowled a tidy spell of 10-0-47-0 whilst Bradley (9-1-54-1) and then Conrad Fish (8-0-47-0) continued asking questions at the other. However Berkshire had raced to 93 for 1 by first drinks and looked on target for a 300+ score.

Dorset rose to the challenge well and kept Berkshire's scoring below 5 an over throughout the second session with excellent fields set and some athletic stops, both in the ring and on the boundary, from Josh York, Ross Tooley, Tom Robinson, Josh Dennis and others. Ollie Shrubsole bowled an excellent 6 over spell for only 18 whilst Owen Morris (6-0-35-0) found the edge a couple of times, only to see the ball race to the boundary. By second drinks, Berkshire were 172 for 1 and well placed to accelerate but Dorset continued to turn the screw, conceding just 9 runs from the 5 over batting Powerplay as the Berkshire batsmen perhaps became focused on reaching personal milestones. Once Woods passed 100 and Malik 50, both became more attacking again but tiredness started to tell and Dorset, quite remarkably, conceded just 4 boundaries in the last 10 overs as they fielded with energy and determination to the end. A good second spell from Ollie (9-0-28-0) and six excellent overs from Harrison Clarke (6-0-29-0) meant Berkshire could add just 83 runs in the final session, Berkshire finishing 255 for 1. Woods had reached 152no and Malik 91no in an unbroken 255 run partnership.

Despite the impressive score on the board, Steve Wilson was delighted with the Dorset effort in the field, reckoning it to be the team's best all-round performance this season. Berkshire appeared confident at tea that 255 would be enough, especially having bowled Hampshire out for 159 on Sunday chasing a similar target, but their Coach admitted they should have reached something higher. Opening Dorset batsmen Harrison Clarke and Greg Willows quickly reinforced this as they began the run-chase in style, Greg lashing the first ball through the covers for 4, and were untroubled as they ticked along at a steady 5 runs per over throughout the first session, reaching 81 for 0 at first drinks. Continuing his great form against Warwickshire, Harrison hit strongly down the ground whilst Greg made the most of any width offered. Berkshire's fielding, in honesty, was poor and both batsmen survived gilt-edged chances, the keeper missing a simple stumping when Greg was on 42 and Harrison top-edging a catch to fine-leg on 67 that was badly dropped. Berkshire heads began to drop as the score continued to accumulate but were lifted again when Greg was bowled for 66 just before second drinks, looking to work a straight ball around the corner.

Now 161 for 1 after 34 overs, just 13 runs behind the required rate, Owen Morris struck his 5th ball sweetly down the ground for 4 before being bowled by his next, which kept a little low. Ollie Shrubsole quickly got into his stride and brought Dorset back up to the rate with some well-struck boundaries. By this stage, Harrison was struggling to run with a strained leg and was forced to bring Greg on as his runner. This worked well initially and it was a scampered second run called through by Greg that took Harrison to his century. However, after Ollie was stumped on 27 with the score at 225 for 3, Josh York (6) was forced to sacrifice himself two overs later to avoid Harrison being the one run-out. The last 20 runs proved a nerve-wracking experience as Jem Hai lasted just 1 ball, bowled looking to put it into orbit, whilst Conrad Fish (1) was caught at mid-off trying to hit over the top. However Harrison continued untroubled, relishing his dream chance of batting without the tiresome business of running, whilst Tom Robinson (8no) again assumed the role of specialist finisher to win the match with a well struck boundary with an over to spare. Dorset finished 256 for 6 in 49 overs, Harrison carrying his bat to finish on a magnificent 121 not out. In doing so, Harrison becomes the first person in the team to score a county hundred whose name isn't Greg!

Steve Wilson was delighted with the manner of the victory and, talking afterwards, the Berkshire coach said he couldn't recall another county youth match in 10 years of coaching where a team had managed to run down a 250+ target in 50 overs.

Match scorecard:

Sunday 13th July: Dorset U15 vs Warwickshire U15 (Friendly, Chapel Gate)

Warwickshire U15:   177 for 6 in 50 overs

Dorset U15:    178 for 8 in 35.4 overs

Dorset won by 2 wickets

In a much improved performance, Dorset U15s beat visiting Warwickshire U15s by 2 wickets in a hard-fought mid-season friendly at Chapel Gate.

Warwickshire won the toss and elected to bat first, Bradley Currie (10-0-40-0), Josh Dennis (6-1-18-0) and Henry Lockwood (8-0-17-1) doing a good job of keeping things tight through the first session. Reaching 48 without loss by first drinks, Warks continued to struggle to find gaps as Dorset fielded very well as a unit on a slow outfield. Eventually Ollie Shrubsole (7-1-23-1), bowling his leg-spin with good control, found a way through the No.2's defences in his 3rd over and the next over Conrad Fish had an excellent LBW shout with his 2nd ball to the incoming Warks captain, before removing all doubt (and the off-stump) with his 3rd. Warks added 40 more runs for the 3rd wicket, Oliver Thomas taking a good catch off Henry's accurate bowling, but it took them 13 overs to do so as Ross Tooley (10-1-30-1) helped Henry to tighten the screw. Now at 96 for 3 in the 35th over, Warks looked to push on but soon lost their remaining opener (who'd scored 46 from 40 overs) on 106 when he charged Ross and missed, neatly stumped by Oliver Thomas. Returning for a second spell, Conrad Fish took another wicket with his 3rd ball, a juggling catch by Bradley Currie. Warks finally started to hit out with 5 overs left before losing a 6th wicket, Conrad's 3rd (9-0-46-3), to the last ball of the innings. Warwickshire finished 177 for 6 from 50 overs.

Dorset's run-chase started badly as first Greg Willows nicked to first slip and then Henry Lockwood was caught behind next ball (unlucky to get a first ball the umpire later described as "unplayable"). At 0 for 2 after 1 over, Dorset needed to dig in hard and Harrison Clarke and Ollie Shrubsole did so, scoring just 13 off the next 6 overs as they got to grips with the pacy Warks opener, Khan, who'd done the early damage. At this point, with 2 runs from his first 18 balls, Harrison decided he'd got his eye in and started attacking in style, hitting the ball hard and regularly finding the boundary rope. Ollie joined in and together they added 49 runs by the 12th over before Ollie was caught for 19. Josh York picked up where Ollie left off, joining Harrison in a swash-buckling partnership of 98 for the 4th wicket in just 17 overs, before Josh was also caught for an excellent 42, his second successive best score for Dorset. Warks spirits were further lifted when Harrison was eventually bowled the next over, having scored a magnificent 73 from just 75 balls. Tom Robinson and Oliver Thomas looked in good form as they pushed the score to within 5 runs of the target before a late rash of 3 wickets in 10 balls (Oliver caught on 13, Jem Hai bowled for 0 and Conrad Fish stumped for 1) set hearts racing. However Tom (14no) and Ross Tooley (2no) got Dorset over the line without further mis-hap, winning with 178 for 8 from just 35.4 overs.

Match scorecard:

Sunday 29th June: Hampshire U15 vs Dorset U15 (ECB County Cup, Totton & Eling CC)

Hampshire U15:   257 for 6 in 50 overs

Dorset U15:    149 all out in 39.2 overs

Hampshire won by 108 runs

Hampshire, clearly out to avenge their 108 run defeat last year by Dorset as U14s, proved much tougher opposition this year as they turned the tables at Totton & Eling CC to win by an identical margin in a match that resembled last year's in reverse.

Winning the toss but electing to bowl first, Dorset got off to a perfect start as Bradley Currie (10-0-40-1) bagged a wicket with his first ball, well caught at slip by Ollie Shrubsole via a deflection off Oliver Thomas's keeping pads. Hampshire's Mead and Organ shrugged off the early set-back to bat beautifully in a fine partnership of 135 for the 2nd wicket, despite a couple of difficult chances going down along the way during disciplined spells from Harrison Clarke (6-0-24-0) and Ross Tooley (10-1-40-1). Ross eventually saw reward by dismissing Organ for 75 in the 33rd over, caught by Jem Hai at mid-off. This triggered a brief flurry of wickets as firstly the No.4 fell to Frank Turrill (10-1-50-2) caught by Tom Robinson, and then Mead was very well caught by Bradley Currie off Ollie Shrubsole's testing leg-spin (5-0-26-1). 3 overs later the No.5 was also bowled by Frank, Hampshire now 168 for 5 after 39 overs. However Dorset struggled to contain the No.6, Foster, who accelerated well to score 51 from 39 balls before being bowled by Owen Morris (7-0-52-1), the score now 220 for 6 with 21 balls still remaining. Another 37 runs were conceded from these last rather scrappy overs, Hampshire finishing 257 for 6 from 50.

Chasing 250+, even on a modestly sized ground like this, was always going to be challenging. However Dorset began the reply well, Josh York and Harrison Clarke batting with confidence to post 44 for the first wicket before Harrison rather unluckily played on via his pads for 20 in the 13th over. Josh continued to bat very well with a watchful Conrad Fish, eventually mis-timing a shot to be caught for 39, Josh's highest score for Dorset. Sadly this triggered the first of three mini-collapses, Conrad holing out in the deep next over for 7 and Greg Willows run-out a few minutes later for 2 with both batsmen at the same end. Dorset were now rocking on 73 for 4 in the 22nd over but Ollie Shrubsole and Owen Morris worked hard to repair the damage and hauled Dorset back into contention with a fine stand of 56 for the 5th wicket. Owen eventually fell for 29 to a second run-out misjudgement, Ollie holing out for 22 a few balls later and Jem Hai (5) going the same way the next over. Dorset were now reeling at 134 for 7 in the 35th over, but were disappointed at the way the innings closed with 3 more run-outs within 2 overs (of Tom Robinson for 6, Frank Turrill and Bradley Currie for 0; Oliver Thomas was 7no). Dorset finished 149 all out in 39.2 overs.

Match scorecard:

Sunday 22nd June: Dorset U15 vs Somerset U15 (ECB County Cup, Dean Park)

Dorset U15:        139 all out in 46 overs

Somerset U15:    140 for 5 in 45.3 overs

Somerset won by 5 wickets

Despite winning the toss on a beautiful day at Dean Park, another disappointing batting performance saw Dorset set a low target of just 140 runs which, despite a spirited effort in the field, Somerset ran down fairly comfortably with 5 wickets and 4 overs in hand.

Dorset's batting innings started badly when Greg Willows chipped to mid-on for 0. Harrison Clarke and especially Josh York looked to be batting fluently (pushing the score to 40 on the 16th over) before some calamitous calling left Josh stranded, run-out for 25, with Harrison bowled for 15 just moments later. With Somerset now well into 40 overs of spin from both ends, a solid stand after drinks from Owen Morris and Ollie Shrubsole added 28 before Owen left his crease and was stumped for 7. Tom Robinson was bowled for 4 soon after and Ollie also dragged out, stumped for 33, the score now 102 for 6. Henry Lockwood fell caught & bowled for 9 and Jem Hai added 26 in typically attacking style before holing out in the deep. Frank Turrill also was caught & bowled for 7 and the innings finished 4 overs early when Bradley Currie tried to steal a single, run-out for 2 (Ross Tooley 2 not out). Dorset finished 139 all out in 46 overs, at least 30 runs light (probably more).

Needing to make amends in the field, the Dorset attack started well; Bradley Currie (10-2-35-2) struck in the 6th over, a good low catch taken at slip by Ollie Shrubsole, and Owen Morris (10-3-24-1) bagged the No3 for a duck, again well caught by Tom Robinson. Henry Lockwood (7.3-0-23-1) found a way through the other opener's defences in the 16th over and Somerset were 37 for 3 at first drinks, much as Dorset had been. Digging in and scoring at little more than 2 an over, Somerset added 25 before Ross Tooley (10-4-27-1) found the No5's edge, caught behind by Oliver Thomas. Another sharp edge to slip went down off the Somerset captain, Gundry (one of 4 or 5 difficult catches that might have been taken another day) before he finally played onto his stumps off Bradley's bowling for 46. Although Dorset were still in the hunt at 108 for 5 in the 38th over, Somerset knocked off the last 32 without further loss, finishing 140 for 5 in 45.3 overs.

Match scorecard:

Sunday 15th June: Cornwall U15 vs Dorset U15 (ECB County Cup, St Erme CC)

Cornwall U15:        221 for 9 in 50 overs

Dorset U15:         159 all out in 40.3 overs

Cornwall won by 62 runs

This proved to be a challenging match in more ways than one, with sickness and injury forcing Jem Hai, Josh York and coach Steve Wilson all to withdraw at short notice and Cornwall ultimately winning a hard-fought match by 62 runs.

Winning a tricky toss and opting to bowl first, Dorset got things off to a controlled start as Bradley Currie, Conrad Fish and Ross Tooley restricted the careful Cornwall openers to around 2 runs per over across the first session. Ross (7-0-26-1) bagged the first immediately before drinks, caught by Conrad as he attempted his first and only big shot. The other was caught behind soon after off the bowling of Owen Morris (10-1-48-2) with Cornwall now 39 for 2 after 20 overs. The departure of the openers brought Cornwall's big-hitting Nos.3 and 4 to the crease, both attacking the Dorset bowling more or less immediately and quickly switching momentum in Cornwall's favour. 78 runs were added for the 3rd wicket in just 12 overs, Wyatt eventually well caught on 44 by Bradley off Ollie Shrubsole (8-0-35-2). The same pair dismissed the incoming No.5 for a duck a few balls later. However Sturgess and the equally big-hitting No.6, Lombard, carried on the same vein to add another 75 for the 5th wicket in 12 more overs before Sturgess was finally dismissed on 60 by Owen. Bradley's return for second spell saw Lombard caught behind soon after on 43 in the 46th over, the score now 202 for 6. His departure finally stemmed the run-rate and Cornwall finished 221 for 9 after 50 overs after Bradley took 2 more wickets (plus a run-out), finishing with the creditable figures of 10-3-20-3, all 3 caught or stumped by Oliver Thomas.

At tea, Dorset were rather relieved to be chasing 222 rather than the 250+ that had seemed likely with 5 overs to go, but undoubtedly Cornwall were in the box seat after impressive innings from 3 of their middle order.

Despite Greg Willows nicking behind early off the rapid Sturgess, Dorset started the run-chase in style as Harrison Clarke and Owen Morris set about the Cornwall bowling. Owen looked in great form until he was sharply caught & bowled, again by Sturgess, on 34 from just 29 balls, the score already up to 54 in just 9 overs. Ollie Shrubsole helped push the score up to 87 in the 15th over before being caught on 9, Tom Robinson then caught behind soon after. Frank Turrill dug in stoutly with Harrison against the Cornwall spinners before both were dismissed in successive overs, Harrison LBW for an excellent 53 (his second 50 in successive matches) and Frank caught on 15. The worried Cornish faces of the first session, as Dorset flew along at 6 an over, were replaced by smiles again as Cornwall appeared back in control, the score now 135 for 6 at 30 overs. With the required rate rising steadily again, Conrad Fish and Henry Lockwood stood fast for another 7 overs before Henry was bowled by the returning Sturgess on 5 and Conrad fell to an ill-judged run out on 14. Sturgess bowled Oliver Thomas for his 4th wicket shortly after, completing a dominant all round performance, and his opening partner Wyatt finished proceedings by bowling Ross Tooley in the next. Dorset finished 159 all out in 40.3 overs.

This was actually a pretty good performance from Dorset, and a wicket or two either way could have turned the result on its head, but the much-improved Cornwall (going well after beating Hampshire last week) undoubtedly proved the better team on the day.

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Sunday 8th June: Dorset U15 vs Berkshire U15 (ECB County Cup, Canford)


Dorset U15:        163 for 7 in 50 overs

Berkshire U15:         128 all out in 42.5 overs

Dorset won by 35 runs

Winning the toss and electing to bat first on a lovely day at Canford, Dorset got off to a bright start before Josh York was beaten by a fast yorker for 13 in the 9th over, the score on 28. With Berkshire bowling accurately and at good pace, Harrison Clarke batted on in determined fashion push to score up to 94, first with Owen Morris (9) and then Ollie Shrubsole (19), Ollie falling LBW immediately after 2nd drinks. Moved up the order to capitalise on the platform created, Conrad Fish (11) and Jem Hai (24) both added runs at a good lick. The return of Berkshire's opening bowlers squeezed the run-rate in the closing overs and Harrison eventually holed out on 52 after an impressively controlled innings. Frank Turrill, Tom Robinson and Henry Lockwood added a few more as the innings finished on 163 for 7.

This was a much better all-round batting performance than the two previous friendlies and it was good to see the middle order able to hit out in the closing overs with wickets in hand. The general sense during tea was that the total was perhaps 20 - 30 runs light (we need to work harder at running sharp singles and turning 1s into 2s!) but that "runs on the board" might prove valuable.

Berkshire started the reply in confident fashion, running singles at every opportunity, and Dorset struggled to keep the rate below 3 an over for the first session despite a searingly quick spell from Conrad Fish (6-0-11-0). Oliver Thomas pulled off a spectacular piece of reaction fielding in the 5th over, diving sideways to stop a mis-cued sweep and scooping the ball back onto the stumps before the batsmen knew where it had gone. However Dorset were otherwise operating well below their usual high standards, something Steve Wilson pointed out during the first drinks interval. The improvement was immediate and a second wicket fell in the 20th over, an excellent run-out by Owen Morris. However Berkshire's No.1 & No.4 stuck to their task and pushed the score steadily onwards to 93 for 2 in the 31st over before a sharp stumping off Henry Lockwood's bowling (6-0-22-1) broke the deadlock. Shortly after, Frank Turrill (10-1-26-1) saw reward for a good spell with a top-edged catch to Josh York before Ross Tooley's second spell brought 3 quick wickets in succession (10-2-28-3). All 3 were caught by Oliver Thomas, making a brilliant 5 dismissals in all (with a hand in a 6th). Ollie Shrubsole (2-1-2-1) took the 8th wicket, very well caught by Henry Lockwood running back. The 9th fell soon after, another run-out by Owen Morris who then comprehensively cleaned up their last man (6.5-0-27-1). Berkshire finished 128 all out, Dorset winning by 35 runs.

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Sunday 1st June: Dorset U15 vs Surrey U15 (Friendly, Dean Park)

Surrey U15:        121 all out in 47.4 overs

Dorset U15:         105 all out in 34.3 overs

Surrey won by 14 runs

A fine day's cricket but a disappointing outcome for Dorset U15s at Dean Park, as Surrey U15 managed a narrow win by just 14 runs in a low scoring game that Dorset, after a strong bowling and fielding performance, could probably have won with a slightly more cautious approach to the batting reply.

Winning the toss and electing to bowl first on a dampish pitch, Dorset opened in highly controlled fashion with Bradley Currie (8.4-2-14-3) and Conrad Fish (6-2-9-0) restricting Surrey to 18 for 2 after the first 12 overs. Ross Tooley (10-1-28-3) and Owen Morris (9-3-25-1) continued in similar vein as Surrey wickets began to fall steadily. At 36 for 5, 47 for 6 and 57 for 7, Surrey were in considerable trouble; however an excellent 53 from the Surrey No.6 (Sam Hall) relieved some of the pressure in a dogged stand of 55 for the 8th wicket. Harrison Clarke (3-0-9-0), Josh Dennis (6-1-21-0) and Frank Turrill (5-0-10-0) also bowled well and there were 3 impressive direct-hit run-outs from Ross, Owen and Henry Lockwood. Surrey were eventually bowled out for 121 in the 48th over.

Needing less than 2.5 runs per over, the Dorset reply got off to a good start before the first wicket fell in the 6th over with the score at 17. 5 further wickets then fell in the next 9 overs with just 24 more runs added, the majority of these being wides (Surrey bowled a generous 37 wides across the innings). Tom Robinson (14) and Frank Turrill (20) then dug in well for a 7th wicket stand of 37 before Tom was bowled and Frank was caught off the probing away-swing bowling of Sidwell. Conrad Fish (13no) looked like he might haul Dorset over the line with some lusty blows but ran out of partners as Sidwell wrapped up the Dorset tail to finish with the impressive figures of 6 for 15. Dorset finished 107 all out.

Afterwards Steve Wilson impressed on the top-order batsmen the need to be more patient and selective in playing attacking shots when chasing such a low total. It's revealing that both teams found themselves on 37 for 5 at one point in their innings; Surrey got there in the 25th over yet Dorset, despite knowing how few runs were needed, did so in the 14th over

Sunday 18th May: Dorset U15 vs Wales U15 (Friendly, Bryanston)

Dorset U15:        194 all out in 49.2 overs

Wales U15:         105 all out in 36.1 overs

Dorset won by 89 runs

This ultimately emphatic win over Wales U15 disguises the fact that Dorset U15 were under real pressure at times during this match (much of it self-inflicted), but showed impressive resilience in fighting back to a competitive total before defending it in some style.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first under cloudless skies, Dorset got off to a decidedly shaky start, losing openers Josh York and Henry Lockwood early and Harrison Clarke soon after (a breezy 21 from 23 balls). Coming in at 40 for 3, captain Ollie Shrubsole steadied the ship with Tom Robinson, together adding 45 for the 4th wicket, before Tom was bowled for 29 in the 21st over. Ollie continued in the same vein with Jem Hai before missing a straight one, out LBW for 37 with the score now 117 for 5. Conrad Fish chipped back to the bowler on 4 and Oliver Thomas fell for a duck soon after to a ball that spun sharply, the score now 142 for 7 in just the 31st over.

Despite Jem going well at the other end on 33 from 37 balls, a rash charge shortly before the lunch interval saw him well stumped, Dorset now 153 for 8 with still 15 overs remaining. Frank Turrill was bowled just after play restarted, Wales now clearly hoping to wrap things up inside 40 overs. However Ross Tooley (17) and Bradley Currie (15no) showed great application by batting through to the 50th over, adding 28 runs for the 10th wicket and, more importantly, wresting the momentum away from Wales. Dorset finished 194 all out in 49.2 overs.

Opening the Dorset attack with Josh Dennis, Bradley Currie (6-1-16-1) struck immediately in his first over, the Wales No2 well caught behind by Oliver Thomas. This brought the impressive Griffiths to the crease, who defended patiently before pouncing on anything too straight, scoring a series of well-struck boundaries. An inspired bowling change saw Harrison Clarke (6-2-13-3) bag 3 wickets in succession, the third of these Griffiths as he played on. Wales were now 57 for 4 and, despite their captain obdurately blocking out 28 balls for 1 run before slicing a catch to Harrison off Henry Lockwood's tidy bowling (6-1-13-1), it was Frank Turrill's miserly spell of 10-1-16-0 that really turned the screw. Pressure reaped its reward in the form of a calamitous run-out, Wales now reeling on 98 for 6 after just 32 overs. The Welsh tail was cleaned up rapidly by the combined spin of Ollie Shrubsole (3-0-7-2) and Ross Tooley (2.2-0-5-1), a second mad-cap run-out ending the proceedings. Wales finished 105 all out in just 36.1 overs.

Whilst there were some uncharacteristic lapses in ground-fielding elsewhere, a special mention must go to Josh York for his series of stunning saves at short cover; Josh couldn't quite repeat his flying catch of last week but undoubtedly saved 15 runs that would otherwise have flown to the boundary.

The team can take several positives from today's performance, but batsmen must work hard on their patience and shot-selection if we're to extract full value from a 50 over innings.


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Sunday 11th May: Dorset U15s vs Dorset U14s (Friendly, Dean Park)


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