Phase two of Yorkshire’s Regional Cricket Programme brought a change of format for Yorkshire’s young cricketers over the last month or so, as the squads from North, East & Central, South and West took part in T20 Cup competitions at U10s to U15s.
The U15 competition came first on the 12th June at Ashville College, Harrogate. The semi-finals were headlined by a brutal 29-ball 100* from North’s Archie Pye, who, along with Aiden Doeg (38) and Tom Ellerker (30) saw North to a mammoth 261-7 vs East & Central, with Lewis Howard (3-30) the only bowler to survive the carnage. This proved 129 too many for E&C despite a quick 38 from skipper Lewis Ainley, as North’s William Harwood took best figures of 3-23. In the other semi, South overcame West by 10 runs to set up a North vs South clash in the final. South batted first and ground their way to 105-8 after 20, with more wickets for William Harwood (3-12). Harwood (57*) and Aiden Doeg (35) then sealed victory for North in just 7.4 overs for the loss of three wickets to claim the 2022 T20 title! East & Central claimed third place in the playoff. Runs from Lewis Ainley (71), Freddie Wyndham (45) and Adam Sykes (37) gave East & Central a handy 190-4, which proved enough for a 78-run victory against West.
The U14 competition followed the Sunday after at Ampleforth College – which would also host all the following competitions. North again set the tone early in the semis – making 233-4 vs East & Central, with runs from Oliver Ashton (74), Joe White (55*), Rhys Buck (45) and Rhuari Hill (37). North then ensured a birth in the final as William Pattison (5-14) and Freddie Lancaster (3-13) saw E&C all out for 104. South emerged victorious in the other semi, chasing West’s 106-6 down in 16 overs, with Harry Bamforth’s 30 the backbone of the chase. In the final, North batted first and were restricted to 135-7, with crucial runs coming from Rowan Midgely (39) and Joseph Brittain (30), as South’s Muraad Ghani took 3-27. South fell short in the end, dismissed for 99 all out, with Brittain finishing the job, after a great all-round game, with figures of 3-6. East & Central again claimed third place in the playoff. Josh Tynan (50) and George Breheney (46) helped E&C to 145-3, with West’s Max Berry (3-27) claiming all three. This proved six too many for West, despite a great effort from Oscar Webster (45) and Alex Quaife (40).
East & Central kicked off the U13 competition batting first against North. They set 110 all out, with John Wyndham (58) hitting the bulk of the runs, as Shaun Singh took 3-19. North then secured the victory in the final over, with Harry Dixon (38*) seeing them home. In the other semi-final, West batted first and were dismissed for 105, with Noah Saunders (3-20) the pick of the South bowlers. South then ensured a place in the final with a four-wicket win. South batted first in the final and made 103-8, with Oliver March (36) the top scorer, and Harry Dixon (3-13) claiming the best figures for North. William Fotherby’s 44 then set North on the way to the title, as they wrapped up a five-wicket win, despite another three wickets for Noah Saunders (3-23). John Wyndham (52) again came to the fore, this time in combination with Zac Lodge (42), for East & Central in the third-place playoff, as they set 144-6 in the first innings. West were then dismissed for 106, with Jeremiah Sijo (3-16) the top bowler, as East & Central took third place.
The U12 competition pitted East & Central against West in the first semi-final. E&C restricted West to just 77-8 in the first innings, with Riley Cooper (3-16) the pick of the bowlers. East & Central then cruised to victory for the loss of just two, with Rehan Kiriella (35) top scoring. In the other semi, North claimed a 33-run victory over South. North made 122-7 in the first innings, following runs from Suraj Patel (36) as Jay Ramkisson took 3-10. South were then dismissed for just 89, with Harry Schofield taking 4-19, despite a defiant 37 from Rehan Ahmed.
In the final, North opener Alex Davis smashed a 48-ball 86, which would ultimately prove the title-winning knock, as they set 156-5. The runs on the board were too much for East & Central, who were dismissed for 98, with Isaac Wagner (3-11) the main destroyer and Rehan Kiriella (30) the only E&C batter to make any headway. West restored some pride, claiming third place in the playoff. Batting first, West posted 110-7, with number three Yusuf Haroon (35) the top batter. Tight bowling then saw West to a tight, four-run victory, despite George Hewson’s knock of 38 for South.
In the first semi-final of the U11 competition, South met East & Central. Batting first, South ground their way to 82-8 in the face of good bowling from East & Central, with Ted Holland (3-15) the leading wicket taker. East & Central then knocked off the required runs at the start of the 15th over to reach the final. In the other semi, North restricted West to 93-8 in the first innings and then secured the win for the loss of just one wicket in the chase, with Harry Robson making 31. In the final, North again ran out the victors. Harry Robson top-scored once again, with 32 as North posted 106-5 in the first innings. In the chase, Thomas Garton 3-12 ripped through the top order, but East & Central rebuilt before falling just four runs short as North claimed the title! West secured third place in the playoff, with Lucas Arnot’s 84* proving the match-winnings innings vs South.
In the U10 competition, East & Central batted first in the semi finals against South and set 106-5. But that wasn’t enough for victory, as South passed the total from the very last ball of the game to win by five wickets! In the other semi, North batted first and were dismissed for 101, with West’s Jacob Caroll (4-11) and Henry Roberts (3-9) both in the wickets. North then bowled and fielded with discipline, meaning that West would ultimately fall 22 runs short on 79-8 after their 20 overs. In the final, North were again batting first and, this time, set a much more substantial 157-4, after 74 from Rafe Gooden. North then surged to victory – dismissing South for just 84, with Henry Stabler (4-10) and George Lamb (3-6) finishing the job. In the third-place playoff, West set 94-5 batting first. Despite a devastating spell of 4-6 from four overs from Jacob Caroll, East & Central reached the target with three balls and one wicket to spare, with Devesh Karimisetti’s 33 proving the difference.
You can see the scorecards from our Phase 2 Regional Cricket games via our dedicated Play-Cricket page – https://yorkshireregionalcricket.play-cricket.com/home
Well done to all our Regional cricketers on a great Phase 2 and massive congratulations to North Yorkshire on an amazing Phase 2 T20 clean sweep in 2022!
Thanks go to our Phase 2 competition hosts, Ashville College and Ampleforth Abbey for staging the games, as well as to our officials and our wonderful parents and families for supporting the boys.
A massive thank you, as always, goes to our sponsors Al-Murad Group, for their generous support of the Performance Pathway.