Cricket: West Dorset youngsters are invincible

UNBEATEN: The West Dorset Under-15s with coach David Trotter and manager Grant Neven

UNBEATEN: The West Dorset Under-15s with coach David Trotter and manager Grant Neven

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WEST Dorset’s Under-14/15 cricketers have completed their season unbeaten, after they sealed their final two games with wins against the East and South of the district.

WEST DORSET 131-6 beat EAST DORSET 122-9 by 9 runs

THEWest overcame a strong East outfit in a thriller of a game that highlighted the emerging talent from around the county.

Electing to bat at Parley, West were soon in trouble losing Rob-bie Frampton for a duck in the second over, however, fellow opener James Elwood (30) and skipper Tom Blair (19) steadied the ship with a patient stand as the East kept the run-rate down with some sharp work in the field.

Good knocks of 23 from Will Morgan, 16 from Ben Macklin and a cultured 36 not out from Weymouth’s Joe James, who has represented the Seasiders’ first XI this term, enabled the West to post 131 from their 30 overs.

The East began slowly against a well-drilled West attack, who gave away nothing in the field.

Frampton then struck with the ball to remove the dangerous S Hopkins (20) thanks to an excellent catch from Ben Macklin, and Frampton then claimed two more scalps, finishing with match figures of 3-10.

Knocks from N Blackford, B Fletcher and a hard-hitting 29 from J Markham kept the East in the game as the match headed for a thrilling climax.

But it was the West who held their nerve with an outstanding display in the field, including four catches from Ollie Osbourne to ensure his side ran out winners by nine runs.

WEST DORSET 214 beat SOUTH DORSET 113 by 101 runs

LOOKING to complete an undefeated season, the West took on the South at Redlands and once again produced an emphatic display.

Batting first, a mature innings of 107 not out from Robbie Frampton laid the foundations of a large total from the hosts’ allocated 30 overs.

But the West did not have it all their own way as South battled hard in the field and it was only a last wicket stand of 84 between Frampton and the hard-hitting Tom Chedzoy (32), who was stumped off the last ball of the innings, that pushed the West’s total up to 214.

The West yet again then produced the goods in the field.

Knocks of 48 from Morridife and L Brindley 27 not out kept the South in the hunt. But Will Morgan capped a good all-round display taking the last wicket to seal victory and district honours.

Trotter and Neven paid tribute to their charges and thanked all the parents who had shown brilliant support throughout the season.

Trotter said: “To go the season undefeated against strong opposition is a tribute to the hard work and commitment shown by all the squad.

“They have produced the goods in every game, been an absolute pleasure to coach, and represented their district with pride.”

The coaches wished the boys who will not be with the squad next year all the best in the future.

Neven said: “It is unfortunate that we will lose two or three outstanding talents next year, but these boys will go on to produce the goods in adult cricket and will be major assets for their clubs.”

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