Last Sunday, 14 December,  the Boys Development Green and Gold teams had a friendly in preparation for their respective Riverbend tournaments in January 2015.

It was a 25 over match with the Gold team reaching 111 for the loss of 5 wickets. The Development Green bowlers bowled well and the guys took some great catches to restrict the Gold batsmen.  However, Oliver Bunny was in great form and top scored with 45 *,  Jack Oldroyd reached 19* retired and Jake Jonas making 7*.  The bowling stats for the Green team were:  C Oldroyd 3 0vers, 7 runs and 2 wickets, C Pankhurst 2 overs, 8 runs and 2 wickets and G Tanner 3 overs, 14 runs and 1 wicket.

In reply the Development Green batsmen were in trouble and had 2 down after 4 overs due to some great bowling by Jack Oldroyd.  However, Thomas Williams who came in at number 3 and Captain Ralph McLeoad who came in at number 4, put on a valuable partnership scoring 22 and 21 respectively, to steady the innings.  Great running from George Tanner (14) and C Pankhurst (10*) saw the Green team get to 85 off their 25 overs.  The top wicket takers for the Gold team were J Oldroyd 3 overs, 1 maiden, only 5 runs and 2 wickets.  J Matthews 3 overs 9 runs and 2 wickets and J Osborne 3 overs 9 runs and 1 wicket.

Best of luck to both teams.  The Development Gold tournament takes place from 6 January to 9 January and the Development Green are on tournament from 15 January to 18 January 2015.