CRICKET: Youngsters star as Charlton Down win

Dorset Echo: RUNS GALORE: Charlton Down's Rob Deadman RUNS GALORE: Charlton Down's Rob Deadman

CHARLTON DOWN 245-9 (20pts) beat WINFRITH NEWBURGH 70 (4pts) by 175 runs

A SUPERB 114-run partnership between 16-year-olds Nick Voss and Rob Deadman as well as an impressive show with the ball from Kim Park gave Charlton Down a resounding 175-run win.

The home side elected to bat but Sam Green (4-55) struck in his first over for Winfrith when he had James Franzen brilliantly caught by Andy Day at short square leg with just two runs on the board.

Green then struck again to remove Sam Roles with the score on 28-2.

A small recovery by hard-hitting Jae Miller and Matt Stevens was ended when Stevens was bowled by Sean Everill with the score on 60-3 and the score was soon 66-5 in the 10th over when Miller flashed hard at a wide ball and was caught at gully.

With a very early conclusion to the Charlton Down innings looking ominous, it was the first of two partnerships that Nick Voss was involved in that saved the day to post an unexpected total of 245-9 for the home side.

The second partnership bet-ween Voss (35) and wicket-keeper Rob Deadman (49) of 114 in just more than 20 overs, proved to be a fantastic display of patience and shot selection.

In the second innings, the Charlton Down seamers then bowled an accurate line and length from the first over and Miller soon struck, having Simon Allen caught at cover by Jonny Oehler with the score on 10-1.

Kim Park then bowled Day with his first ball and had Walsh caught by Sam Roles in the same over.

When Matt Stevens had Alan King caught behind, Winfrith had slumped to 23-4 in the 9th over.

And Park then continued with a devastating spell, bowling White and having Rachel King brilliantly caught in the slips by Matt Stevens, he claimed figures of 4-6.

It was soon 42-8 when Sam Roles had Newman smartly stumped by Deadman and debutant Mark Stephen then picked up the wicket of Sam Green with a sharp catch by Oehler at cover.

It was left to Jack Eveleigh to bowl Sean Everill for 25 as Winfrith were all out for 70.

Commenting on the contest, captain Pete Tucker said: “After 10 overs I thought the game was going to end quite quickly after losing six batsmen and only 88 runs scored. However, it shows what strength the team has and how talented the young players have become.

“Nick Voss and Rob Deadman showed great maturity and both grabbed an opportunity to spend some time at the crease and build an innings under extreme pressure.

“Kim Park then turned in a great display with bat and ball as one of the senior players.”

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