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Steep learning curve for U17s but U13s show potential


By Ian Callender

The NCU Under-17s suffered two heavy defeats on the second day of their English tour at the St Albans Twenty20 festival.

Ben Rose was again the star bowler, following up his five-wicket haul on Tuesday with four for 32 against St Joseph's School, Ipswich but the Suffolk side still piled up 190-7 and dismissed the young Knights for 102, with Adam Clarke (23) and Adam Reid (22) the top scorers.

The team batted first in the afternoon game against Shenfield High School and some late hitting by John Glass (48) got them up to 135-7, but the U17s could take only four wickets and Shenfield reached their target with more than four overs to spare.

The U13s enjoyed more success in their T20 game against the Royal Hospital School, with Matthew Daly retiring on 53 as the youngest Knights posted 156-3, good enough for a 78-run win as they took the last six wickets for just four runs, Rory Ellerby finishing with three for five.

NCU and Leinster were the first-day winners in the Under-15 Inter-provincial Championship.

The NCU's Oliver Metcalfe claimed the headlines with a century in 22 overs against the Southern XI. The Instonians batsman - already a regular in the Premier League champions' side - was dismissed for 121, 33 more than their rivals' total. In the other game, North West were bowled out for 120 in reply to Leinster's 188 for six.

There was no play in the Schools' inter-provincial at Rathmines because of rain, a one-innings game will be played today.

Today's U15 fixtures (11am): North West v Southern XI (Glendermott), NCU v Leinster (Ardmore)

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