Warwickshire turn the tables on Under 10s
By Tim Hanson
Shorter pitch at Nuneaton creates problems
Just a couple of weeks after a victory over Warwickshire, Berkshire's Under 10s struggled to adjust to the challenge of playing on a 17 yard wicket, part of an ECB experiment being tried out by Warwicks to reduce the length of junior pitches.
Bowling first on a lively wicket, Berkshire's seam/spin opening attack faced some competent batting from Sayf Hossein (17) and Oliver Dandy (25) whose opening stand of 56 set the scene for a good batting performance. A fourth wicket stand, also of 56, between Sam Sitch (43) and Daanyal Mahmood (51 not out) moved the score on to 118 for 4. The Berkshire bowlers, including Connor Lamsdale (2 for 31), Sam Smith (2 for 32) and Aayan Malik (2 for 25) kept the pressure on and Warwickshire finally reached a respectable total of 178 all out in the 37th over, helped by a fielding performance that was well below the Berkshire boys' usually high standard.
Berkshire made a positive start but lost wickets at regular intervals to opening bowler Krish Chauhan (3 for 12), with only Bailey Niblett (18) reaching double figures among the first five batsmen. The middle order moved the score forward, with Jensen Kelsey, Freddie Barker, Elliott Saunders and Charlie Kingsford all reaching double figures, but no one was able to stay long enough against some penetrative bowling from the Warwicks spinners and the innings folded to 106 all out in the 27th over, leaving Warwickshire comfortable winners by 72 runs.
Overall a good learning experience for the Berkshire team, and a match played in a good spirit by both sides, but the under 10s will need to focus more on their fielding and innings building in challenging conditions before the next match.