U10 A On form at Kingsbridge
Hodges the Hat Trick Hero
A superb display of bowling and fielding saw Bovey A maintain their 100% winning record over a young and inexperienced Kingsbridge team.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat, Bovey's opening pair of Jack Ansley and Harry Bannister scored 34 runs in their 4 overs with Jack in particular using the sloping outfield to his advantage. The next pair of Leo Hodges and Jacob Wright furthered the score to 250 with Jacob also utilising the slope to fire the ball to the boundary. Ben Kay and Ben Vigers had some tighter bowling to contend with and Ben Kay was out to an outstanding overhead catch from Kingsbridge's Gracie. However, Ben Vigers determinedly defended his wicket to ensure he was not out at the end of their 4 overs, giving the final pair of Ollie Curran and Dan Webb a solid platform on which to build. The former found the fine leg boundary down the slope regularly to leave Bovey at 269 after their 16 overs.
Opening the bowling, Ben Kay and Jack Ansley were fast and accurate with their swinging deliveries getting 4 wickets in the first 3 overs. Then Leo Hodges followed up their efforts with a wicket maiden in his first over, inducing a leading edge that wicketkeeper Ollie Curran caught brilliantly, diving forward to clutch it one-handed. Leo then caused 3 run outs, beating the batsmen to the stumps from his long stop position on each occasion. He then snared Bovey u10s first ever hat trick in his second over with 2 batsmen being bowled bookending a fine catch from Dan Webb.
At the halfway point of their innings, Kingsbridge were a long way behind at 154 but they deserve credit for doggedly continuing to fight, swinging bravely to score a few boundaries over the last few overs. However they also had to deal with accurate bowling from the entire Bovey team that limited their final score to 161.
Bovey continue to show great improvements in their fielding with 4 catches and 4 run outs adding to a total of 19 wickets taken over the 16 overs bowled.
Many thanks to our gracious hosts and the scorers, umpires and managers.
By Andy Kay