Dunnington Daredevils U19s Get The Job Done
Our U19s got off to a flyer in the 2016 Natwest U19s Club T20 competition by beating both Woodhouse Grange U19s and Hull CC U19s very comfortably in the opening heats.
On a gloriously sunny day at Woodhouse Grange on Sunday 5th June, our side, made up of players from Dunnington, Osbaldwick and Selby, were first up in the early morning game against the hosts Woodhouse Grange in their newly arrived kit. Winning the toss, Captain Jack Spofforth decided to bat first and send our 2 gun batsmen, Tom Loten and Elliott Precious, up top against the slippery new ball bowling of Nathan Saltmer.
Despite a slightly slow start against some good bowling, our boys eased into their innings and together started opening their shoulders and dispatching the ball to all parts. Precious was in particularly fine form and left Loten playing second fiddle until he was removed for 66, attempting to lift another 6 over the sight screen. By this stage, however, they had put on 110 for the first wicket and some late hitting from James Hattee got us up to an imposing 167-4 from our 20 overs.
In response, Woodhouse Grange were never really in the game and lost wickets at regular intervals including an excellent run out from keeper Alex Wilson. Tom Loten and Keon Williams did the most damage with the ball, picking up 2 wickets a piece, and only some defiant batting from Nathan Saltmer (50) saved the Woodhouse boys from an embarrassing defeat.
The second game of the afternoon was a similar affair against Hull with us once again winning the toss and batting first. This time, however, Precious failed with the bat and it was left to Tom Loten to score the bulk of the runs for the Dunnington boys as he made an excellent 77 from 56 balls. He was ably support by James Hattee (28) and Jay Snowden (12) who helped us get up to another excellent score of 164-8 from our 20 overs.
In reply, Hull again never really gained any momentum thanks to some quality bowling from Jay Snowden (2-14) and Jack Spofforth (2-17) who picked up regular wickets to rip through the heart of the Hull batting order. Hull finished on 85-7, 79 runs short of our total.
Overall, there were some very positive performances from the DCC boys, in particular from Tom Loten and Elliott Precious who batted and bowled superbly well. Our next heats should be more of a challenge as we take on York and Harrogate at the Pryers Solicitors Cricket Ground on the 26th June.