Yorkshire’s Regional Cricket programme for 2022 kicked off on Sunday under the April sun, as Yorkshire’s young representative players began their Phase 1 campaigns.

In the U10 age group, North Yorkshire hosted East & Central, whilst South Yorkshire took on West. North set an imposing total of 204-7 from their 35 overs, with opener George Lamb setting the tone with his 68-ball 71, and skipper Rafe Gooden (41) also making runs in the middle order. Max Wareing (3-4) was the pick of the E&C bowlers. East & Central would ultimately fall 49 runs short in the chase, despite 31 from Rayyan Ahmad. It was a lower scoring affair at Penistone for South and West. West set 118-6 in their 35 overs. In the chase, South secured a 4 wicket win despite Hugo Nolson’s 3-6, with Liam Quick making 43.

East & Central U11s made 269-7 from their 40 overs, with 30 from Aurav Vinta, before an unbeaten 136-run partnership from Jack Lamb (65*) and Ted Holland (57*) took the game away from opponents, South Yorkshire. South were bowled all out for 121 in response, despite 53 from William King, as Felix Gilliland took 4-12. North U11s secured a 48-run win over West, setting 219 all out, with runs from Harry Robson (56) and Charlie Rose (48). Freddie Long took 3-11 for West. West made 171 all out in reply, with keeper Tom Frankland (32) and Jack Oldfield (31*) the top run-scorers.

In the U12s North Yorkshire faced off against East & Central in the opening week. North batted first, setting 138-6 from their 40 overs, including and unbeaten 51* from Louis Veazey, with E&C’s Charlie Richardson taking 3-16. Oscar Childs (33) set up the chase for East and Central, before Ashwin Krishnan (40*) guided them home with 3 wickets to spare, James Galley’s taking 3-7. Aarav Singh (65) and Luke Proffitt (86*) were the stars with the bat for South U12s as they notched 211-8, with West’s Billy Tucker (3-18) and Subhan Cheema (3-43) both in the wickets. West captain Jack Sharkey made 37 in the reply, but good bowling from South, including a hattrick form Ethan Patel (4-18) had West back in the shed for 161 all out.

In the U13s, Stanley Newman’s 86, well supported by Luke Wilson (30), fired East & Central to 183-8 in the first innings vs South, with Enzo Campagna picking up 3-34. South could only make 149-6 in reply, despite a battling 41* from Tristan Alfred. West U13s had a good day with the bat, amassing 233-7, including 44* from Elliott Harrison, 42 from Sahil Mukadam and 41 from Subaan Ali. In response, North were bowled out for 155, with Barnes Walker making 56 and Subaan Ali rounding off a great all-round day with 3-17.

Those at Knaresborough CC on Sunday were treated to a real exhibition in batting, as North U14s made a huge 342-5 from their 50 overs vs East & Central, with opener Joe Birks hitting an impressive 116, and number three Hector Hamill top scoring with a superb 100-ball 133*. On a tough day for the bowlers, Charlie Bradbourne (3-60) was the standout for East & Central. In reply, East & Central fell for 179, despite a defiant 95 from captain Will MacDonald. Joe White (3-30) claimed the best figures for North on the day. South U14s squeezed a 5-run win vs West. Batting first, South made 209-9, with 66 from Tom Bradley and 48 from Arjun Sumanth. Ayan Zafar (4-29) and Om Behera (3-32) were the chief destroyers with the ball for West. In the second innings, West fell just a few runs short, despite runs from George Leach (65*), Josh Winnard (46) and Oscar Webster (33). Musa Altaf claimed 3-31.

East & Central U15 openers Vincent Banks (50) and Liam Phillips (66) both made half-centuries as their side made 256 all out vs South U15s, with Ayden Dawson taking 3-57. In reply, South could only make 164, with Oliver Booth (48) and Alfie Gosney (39) both making runs, as Lewis Ainley (3-5) and Lewis Howard (3-38) both in the wickets. North U15s enjoyed a 21-run win on the road at Burley-in-Wharfedale CC vs West U15s.

Archie Pye led the way with a 52-ball 76, as North amassed 224-9. West made 203-9 in response, including 53 from opener Robbie Murray and a brutal 29-ball 56* down the order from Jonah Thackeray. Monty Dodsworth (4-27) and Ryan Singh (3-27) were the leading bowlers for North.

Best batting performances

Hector Hamill – 133* – North U14s
Joe Birks – 116 – North U14s
Will MacDonald – 95 – East & Central U14s
Luke Proffitt – 86* – South U12s
Stanley Newman – 86 – East & Central U13s

Best bowling performances

Felix Gilliland – 4-12 – East & Central U11s
Ethan Patel – 4-18 (including a hattrick) – South U12s
Monty Dodsworth – 4-27 – North U15s
Ayan Zafar – 4-29 – West U14s
Max Wareing – 3-4 – East & Central U15s

Massive thank you to our sponsors Al-Murad Group for their generous support of the Performance Pathway.

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