At the start of the year a decision was made to put an U17 team into the Jack Lewis cup with a hope that a team combined of U17s / U15s could be arranged with Jim Berry
The cup draw was received and a match was duly arranged against Godalming on Friday 25th May at Elstead starting at 6:00pm.
The weather was set fair, warm with blue skies but a strong wind. Godalming won the toss and decided to bat first.
Gareth Bevan opened the bowling with a fine maiden over tying up the opener M. Sopp with consistent line and length. K. Lyall opened the Godalming scoring the 4 boundaries off the bowling of Josh Heslop, but was bowled out in the next over by Gareth, without adding to his score. Godalming had then reached 28 at the end of the 4th over. Then came a spell of tight bowling for 6 overs by Jim Berry
assisted by Alex Kiddier where Godalming reached their 10th over with 49 runs having lost a further 4 wickets. 3 wickets for Jim including a double wicket maiden and 1 for Alex.
The next pair of bowlers, Jesse Lewis and Tom Nichols kept the wickets falling with 2 for Jesse and 1 for Tom 2 of which were catches by Josh Heslop, one being a fine juggling affair. Godalming were now 98 for 8 at the end of the 17th over. The final 3 overs from Gareth and Alex with fine fielding from the whole team kept Godalming to a final score of 117 for 8.
The notable bowling figures for Elstead came from Gareth with 4 over, 1 wicket for 11 runs and Jim with a impressive 3 overs, 3 wickets for 1 run.
With the light due to be drawing in, a quick turn around was agreed.
Elstead’s opener, Jim Berry
, had the worst of all starts being bowled by G. Stow in the first over without scoring. Jesse was then accompanied by Alex who put on a quick 11 runs before Alex to was bowled. Jesse and Gareth then continued through to the 8th over taking the score to 43 before Gareth was caught off the bowling Daniel Millis for 6 runs. Jesse was then joined by Tom Nichols before Jesse was caught in the 10th over having made a fine 21 runs. So at the halfway point Elstead had accumulated a total of 56 runs which was very close to the required run rate. However, over the remaining 10 overs the 6 batsmen all came in but could not maintain the required run rate ending all out for 85. The runs coming from Jerome Leonard
8, Oli Welch 1, Josh Heslop 2, Franky Mills 9, David Hildebrand 5 with Max Szczepanski remaining not out for 1.
Godalming 117 runs for 8 off 20 overs
Elstead 85 all out off 20 overs