U15 Match Reports

The U15 team hosted Muckamore on Friday 26th July at UUJ. Muckamore batted first and were initially curtailed by some accurate seam bowling from Olly Smith and Matthew Williamson. Adam Gooderham made the initial breakthrough removing one of the openers. Olly Smith returned to take the only other wicket to fall as Muckamore posted 88 for 2 in their 20 overs thanks largely to some wayward bowling which included 18 wides.

Chasing 89 to win was always going to be a difficult task. Boundaries were difficult to come by over the long grass in the outfield. Two early wickets brought Adam Gooderham and Zach Cobain together. Zach batted very sensibly rotating the strike with ease eventually being retired on 14. Adam batted with typical aggressive intent scoring several boundaries and top scored with 36. Daniel Bolton helped ease CACC to victory with a carefully constructed 8 retired. Connor Gillam and Matthew McQuiston saw CACC over the line with 3 balls to spare.

CACC won the game by 7 wickets.

The U15 then took on a strong Carrick team on Tuesday in the final league match of the season. Harvey Latham won the toss and chose to bowl first after the successful run chase against Muckamore.

Olly Smith struck in his second over having the opener caught behind by Harvey Latham. Smith struck again having the no 3 bat caught by Olly Scott at square leg for a duck. Connor Gillam and Daniel Bolton took a wicket apiece although Matthew Williamson bowled particularly well without much reward. This was the best collective bowling display of the season. All bowlers bowled with tremendous discipline conceding only 5 wides in 20 overs. Carrick eventually set a target of 103 to win.

In reply, Harvey Latham and Olly Scott did as requested and saw off the early overs as the ball was nipping about. The bowling changes brought about an increase in the run rate. Stuart Johnson led the charge smashing a 50 which included eight boundaries before being retired. Olly Scott carried his bat scoring 31 not out. Adam Gooderham left his dad searching for his cheque book as he smashed a windscreen in the car park with a huge six over mid wicket.

CACC eased to victory by 9 wickets with 2 overs to spare

The U15 now wait to see if they have progressed to the semi finals as joint group winners with Ballymena and Carrick.

Ian Latham