Under 11's record another win
Having been rained off the previous week, it was with a sigh of relief that Sunday morning started fine and dry.
Having been rained off the previous week, it was with a sigh of relief that Sunday morning started fine and dry. With a late change to the Heyford line up, Blake McLeod was drafted in to replace Freddy Fowler (absent due to international duties in preparations for the upcoming Ashes). Captain Mark Stockdale won the toss and chose to bowl first against a Grange Park side enjoying its first season in the league.
Jake Webster and Ben Dimond shared the new ball and gave away only 4 runs from their 4 overs. In the first over a tight single was attempted by the Grange Park openers, Captain Stockdale swooped on the ball, took aim and nonchalantly threw down the stumps underarm to claim Heyford’s first wicket. Jake also claimed a wicket in his spell by luring the batsman into a drive and Max took a well-judged catch, diving forward behind the stumps. An impressive start by Heyford.
The next batting pair played more aggressively and managed to notch a couple of boundaries against the bowling of James M and Tom C. The bowlers had the last laugh, however, as James claimed two wickets and Tom one during their four over spell. The third pair of batsmen had to face the onslaught of the McLeod brothers who kept things pretty tight with Blake claiming a wicket, much to the delight of his team mates and the on looking supporters, and Max threatening to take wickets almost every ball. Captain Mark also managed to claim a second run out with another deadly accurate underarm throw.
The final pair faced Mark and James W, both of whom were generating quite a bit of pace. Although they did not claim any more wickets Mark gave away only six runs and James just two. Grange Park closed their innings on 260 for the loss of 5 wickets giving the net score of 235. This had been a very impressive performance by Heyford in the field with all the boys supporting each other. The only negative being the number of runs conceded through wides; 28 altogether – something to work on at training on Thursday evening!
After a quick break, Jake and Ben opened the Heyford reply and with a target of 236 to win they batted very sensibly, taking no risks. They left the field to a rousing reception having scored 5 and 8 respectively. The next pairing saw James M and Max make their way to the middle. Immediately, James called for a single that Usain Bolt might struggle to make but the boys decided against it in the end. Both lads took the attack to the bowlers with James striking the ball particularly well and finishing on 8 while Max produced a swift 10 only to be dismissed twice – once as he attempted to launch the ball into the outfield only to see it snaffled by the midwicket fielder and on the second occasion as he confidently played a “Dilshan Scoop” only to see his middle stump rock back. An entertaining partnership, which was appreciated by the crowd, came to an end as the boys left the middle.
Tom and Blake were next up and faced Grange Park’s canniest bowlers. Tom teased the fielders with some aerial forward defensives and Blake bore the brunt of the opposition’s quickest bowler, getting hit on the thigh first ball but bravely battling on for the remainder of their four overs. They did well to restrict the bowlers to claiming only one wicket during their partnership.
Mark and James W strode to the middle with a handful of runs required for victory. The final pair easily kept the Grange Park attack at bay with a solid display of batting, James finding the boundary four times and Mark once. The final score: Heyford 269 for 4 wickets giving the net score of 249 and a win by 14 runs.
This was another impressive team performance - the boys clearly enjoying their cricket and each other’s company. A big “thank you” to Simon, Stuart “The Scorer”, Tea boy Colin and all the mums and dads for helping to set up, clear up and encouraging the boys. We look forward to the next match at Horton Cricket Club on Sunday 12th July.