Week two of Yorkshire’s Regional Cricket’s 2022 season saw some wet weather arrive, with the U11s, U13s, U14s and U15s all taking part in double headers on the bank holiday weekend.

The Under 10s played their round of fixtures on Sunday. East & Central took on South at Driffield Town CC, with South batting first and posting 130-9 in their 35 overs, with Fawad Akhtar claiming 3-21. East & Central then secured a three-wicket victory, with opener Sam Shelley top scoring with 47. North U10s posted a mammoth 225-8 from their 35 overs vs West, with runs from Noah Nicholls (60), Rafe Gooden (57) and George Lamb (35). Albie Wilkinson picked up 4-24 for West. In the chase, West fell 60 runs short of the total despite runs for openers George Hall (59) and Tommy Kipping (44).

In the U11s, East & Central began the weekend with a game vs North. E&C batted first, posting 185-9 in their 40 overs, with runs from captain Rowan Smith (51) and James Shaw (38) as North’s Charlie Rose took 3-29. North could only make 139 all out in reply, despite 64 for Arthur Camacho. Pranav Nair (3-5) and Felix Gilliland (3-26) claiming three wickets each. Meanwhile, at Higham CC, South Yorkshire entertained West. West batted first, setting 158-5 thanks in large part to Ben Winterbottom (41) and Lucas Arnot (30). South then collapse to 71 all out in the reply, with Freddie Long (3-7) leading the charge. The teams were back on the road again on Monday, with North the visitors at Higham this time. North batted first and were dismissed for just 105 all out with Joseph Carroll’s 3-8 the pick of the South figures. South then secured a six-wicket victory, with opener William King (41*) batting all the way through. Harry Rook’s 72 set the tone for East & Central, who took on West on the bank holiday Monday, as they set 156 in the first innings, with Freddie Long claiming 4-20. This proved far too many in the end, as West were all out for just 61, with Jack Lamb taking 5-7 and Oscar Elliott bagging 3-13.

The U12s were in action on Sunday. South travelled to the beautiful Londesborough Park CC to face East & Central. The visitors set 139-7 in the first innings, including 40 from Aarav Singh, as Harry Burton took 3-14. East & Central claimed victory with just under six overs to go, for the loss of seven, with Sam Powdrell (44*) and Safiullah Abrar (42) both in the runs. Monty Ramsden (59) led the way for West in their victory over North. Ramsden’s early runs, combined with an unbeaten 37* from Harri Hayre, left West on 161-6 at the halfway stage. North were then dismissed for 96, with the wickets shared throughout the attack.

It was a Sunday/Monday double header for the older age groups. In the U13s, North entertained East & Central at Nawton Grange CC on Sunday. 58 from Oscar Firth propelled North from a precarious position to one of strength, before 30* from Evan Chapman saw North finish on a competitive 154-9 from their 45 overs. North then dismissed E&C for 107, with pace man Samuel Pearson-Hodgson (3-6) setting the tone from the start. West batted first against South, and it required an 81-run 10th wicket partnership from Subaan Ali (62) and Jacob Littlewood (30*) to get West up to 139 all out. Noah Jackson (3-25) claimed the best figures for South. It wasn’t plain sailing for South in the chase, with Adam Hussain claiming 3-12, but they eventually got home for the victory with two wickets to spare. The following day, East & Central played host to West and set 152 all out in the first innings, following runs from Oliver Eldridge (34*), Stanley Newman (34) and Luke Wilson (30). Jacob Littlewood took 3-16. West secured victory in the chase with over 15 overs to spare for the loss of just three wickets with keeper Jack Winterbottom (42) and Adam Hussain (31) the leading run scorers. South vs North was a very low scoring affair. North batted first and were all back in the pavilion for just 65, as Charlie Taylor (3-7) and Noah Jackson (3-13) tore through the North batting line-up. Whilst South would eventually secure the win, it would take 20 overs and the loss of five wickets to do it.

In the Under 14s, Sunday saw South smash 265-7 in their 50 overs, with the top three of Joseph Goodchild (66), Finlay South (61) and Connor Sanderson (51) all making half centuries, and number four Tom Bradley notching 32. Opponents East & Central were then dismissed for 115 all out, with Max Heseltine (4-21) and Rohan Patel (3-12) doing most of the damage. North U14s were also in the runs, as they amassed 248-6 vs West, including runs for Jack Robinson (69), Alex Garner Steel (55) and Joe White (51). Ayan Zafar took 3-44 for West. North then claimed a handsome 157-run win, bowling West all out for just 91, with Hector Hamill (4-18) and James Dickinson (3-16) the key men with the ball. Monday’s U14 game between North and South was the only one to fall victim to the weather over the weekend, despite the poor forecast. South were 92-5, following 37 from Connor Sanderson, when play was halted. West and East & Central had better luck as they played out a close, low-scoring game. In the first innings, West were all out for just 105, with Josh Winnard (34*) the only batter to make any real headway, as Oliver Whyte (3-30) led the attack well. But 105 proved enough for a 13-run victory in the end, as the West bowler wreaked havoc, leaving East & Central all out for 92, with Logan Silverwood (3-12) the pick of the bowlers.

In the U15s, East & Central hosted West at Whitkirk CC. E&C put on 136 all out in the first innings, with runs from Adam Sykes (45) and Liam Phillips (31), as Mahleb Mahmood claimed 4-23. West looked to be easing towards the total, with openers Robbie Murray and Bobby MacFarlane both hitting 44, but a mini-collapse then ensued where Lewis Ainley took 4-19, before West finally secured the four-wicket win. South faced off against North, with South batting first. They were all out for 163 at the halfway stage, and things would have been a lot worse without opener Ahmad Yahya and his 69-ball 82. Jake Casken (4-9) was the pick of the bowlers. But North then smashed their way to victory in just 17.3 overs for the loss of two, with 49 from opener Ethan Caisley, before Archie Pye finished the job with a 38-ball 71*. The following day, North hosted East & Central. E&C looked in trouble early on, but a superb 89* from opener Liam Phillips, carrying his bat, saw the visitors to 169 all out in the face of good bowling from William Harwood (4-36). This proved enough for victory, as North were bundled out for 121, with Lewis Howard’s 3-32 the pick of the bowling. Tom Ellerker (30) provided the most resistance. In South vs West, South batted first and were dismissed for 88, with Mahleb Mahmood (4-14) once again the pick of the West attack. West then eased to a seven-wicket victory, with Finn Brookes (32*) finishing the job.

Best batting performances

Liam Phillips – 89* – East & Central U15s
Ahmad Yahya – 82 – South U14s
Harry Rook – 72 – East & Central U11s
Archie Pye – 71* – North U15s
Joseph Goodchild – 66 – South U14s

Best bowling performances

Jack Lamb – 5-7 – East & Central U11s
Jake Casken 4-9 – North U15s
Mahleb Mahmood – 4-14 – West U15s
Hector Hamill – 4-18 – North U14s
Lewis Ainley – 4-19 – East & Central U15s

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