U10 A Team Win Final Match at Shaldon
U10’s A Win on a Very Misty Night at Shaldon
On a summer evening more reminiscent of mid-October, Bovey Tracey U10s played Shaldon in their last league match of the season.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat on a pitch still baked hard by the recent sun and which the mizzle had not yet affected, Bovey probably had the best of the light and opening batsman Jack Ansley displayed a determined start by hitting a boundary off the first delivery of the match. However Shaldon doggedly fought back and Bovey scored 19 runs in their first 4 overs. The next pair started cautiously before some well hit drives by Isaac Helyer and carefully placed shots by Ben Kay added another 24.
Bovey then accelerated through the remaining overs with Ollie Curran in particular pulling several boundaries and leaning into one perfectly placed cover drive for another 4 to take Bovey to 277 before the final pair of Tom Mortimore and Harry Bannister came to the crease. The former played some beautifully steered cuts and the latter some savagely hit pulls to add another 35 runs, taking Bovey to a daunting 312.
As the rain lessened but murk intensified, Shaldon had to face fast, accurate bowling from Bovey's opening duo of Ben Kay and Jack Ansley, who combined for 3 wickets costing just 3 runs over the first 4 overs. Further tight bowling from Dan Webb, Leo Hodges, Harry Bannister and Tom Mortimore coupled with some athletic fielding prevented Shaldon from adding any runs over the next 4 overs. Bovey also got the rub of the green on a couple of occasions when Isaac whipped a ball in from third man that cannoned off wicket-keeper Ollie's gloves for another run out and Ben Kay utilised his goalkeeping experience to pull off a fine diving catch so that when the last pair came to the crease, 112 runs were still required. Despite the thickening mist, Shaldon tried to take the attack to the Bovey bowlers with some well hit boundaries before Ollie Curran took 2 catches in Jack Ansley's last over (running well into the outfield to dive full length to snare one) to leave Shaldon at 222 at the end.
Bovey made great strides forward and despite the difficult conditions, batted and ran aggressively, fielded enthusiastically and bowled accurately (again giving away only 6 wides - less than half that of the opposition). The victory should consolidate second place in the league and reinforces the enormous efforts the boys have undertaken to improve their game. The quality of their play and cohesiveness of the team has progressed beyond all recognition and they deserve their well-won results over the season.
Many thanks as always to the umpires, scorers, Lesley for her organisation and Shaldon for being such gracious hosts.
By Andy Kay