Academy team win again
TAUNTON, Somerset –– The Franklyn Stephenson Academy Under-15s won again on their tour when they defeated Somerset Under-14s by five wickets at the Taunton School Grounds in Somerset yesterday.
This was the fourth match on the itinerary following the abandoned match in Devon due to rain on the previous day at the picturesque Chagford Cricket Ground.
Batting first in the 45 overs match, Somerset U14s were dismissed for 154 in 36.4 overs with Will South top-scoring with 39. Jordan Layne with 4 for 26 was the best of the Barbadian bowlers.
In response the Franklyn Stephenson Academy U15s rushed to 155 for 5 in 28-1 overs with Marc Cyrus making 50 and Nyeem Young continuing his good form making 34.
The home team didn’t hesitate to bat upon winning the toss, but soon the visiting pace attack of left-armer Ajani Batson, and the right handed Jaden Edmund and Nyeem Young were working through the home team’s top order with the score on 39 at the fall of the fourth wicket in the 13th over. Those wickets included the captain Kasey Aldridge who was comprehensively squared-up and bowled by a slower leg-cutter from Batson that clipped the off-bail.
The home team rallied with a 70-run fifth-wicket partnership between South and Charlie Harding off 11 overs as they took the fight back to the visitors who continued to attack in search of another wicket.
That breakthrough was achieved through the tall off-spinner Layne –– playing his first match of the tour –– when he caught Harding off his own bowling. Layne bowled an eight over spell where his steep bounce and turn caused all manner of discomfort for the middle and lower order.
Azan Holligan and Gebre Marshall opened the batting for the visitors but neither lasted very long. The diminutive Demetrius Richards and captain Cyrus then put together a stand of 72 in 12 overs, with the left-handed Richards slamming 32 off 29 balls with five boundaries. The visitors would then lose Richards as well as Hans Campbell in short order.
Cyrus was joined by vice-captain Nyeem Young and together they added a belligerent 48 in seven overs to almost close out the match. Young in his last match on the tour before joining up with the West Indies U15 was clearly in a hurry to beat the rain as the sunshine that had arrived by midday had long disappeared. He struck 34 off 22 balls with five fours including the winning runs. He had earlier lost Cyrus for a workmanlike 50 off 94 balls with six boundaries.
Somerset U14s – 154 off 36.4 overs (Will South 39, Charlie Harding 29, Hugh Ogle 15, Charley Reed 13; Jordan Layne 8-1-26-4)
FSA U15s – 155 for 5 in 28.1 overs (Marc Cyrus 50; Nyeem Young 34; Demetrius Richards 32)