I should perhaps start by making 3 points that make this a most pleasing performance. Firstly, the fact that almost every member of the team made a significant contribution with bat, ball or in the field is great to see. Secondly the fact that our 2 opening batsmen both aged 11 stood up to a pair of 13 year old opening bowlers both pushing 6 foot tall was a great credit to them, and finally the fact that 10 year old Dan Cowdry
agreed to stand in at the last minute and claimed a treble-wicket maiden in his only over is a great effort by him in his first u13s game.
Now onto the match report...
For the 2nd time running we lost the toss and unsurprisingly were asked to bat first. The wicket looked decent considering the recent rain, and 100 runs was again the target.
Callum and Alex got us off to a great start against 2 quick and tall bowlers who were getting life out of the pitch. The boys did everything that could be asked of them in seeing out the first 6 overs and picking up what runs they could with sensible play and good running. 18/0 off 6 was just the platform we needed.
Perhaps the only slight disappointment was that having done the hard work with the opening bowlers, and got us to 32/0 off 9 overs, both batters then got out chipping the change bowlers to fielders. However Callum (10) and Alex (20) had done their jobs and got us into a strong position which was then carried on by the middle order.
Despite Callum T and Ben C going rather cheaply, another great stand of 42 between Quin (19) and Aidan (15no) got us close to the 100 target, and Ben M came in at the end to guide us through to 101 at the close. Job done!
At the change round, we talked about needing to bowl in good areas and be sharp in the field, so perhaps the second slight disappointment was that for the first few overs we didnt look sharp enough in the field, allowing South Devon's openers to play "hit and run" cricket without taking one of the run out chances offered or attacking the ball to stop their chancey singles.
However we did finally make the breakthrough with a run-out in the 5th over as Callum T picked up and produced an accurate hard throw for Callum K to do the rest with the gloves. Callum T then followed up by bowling the South Devon number 3 in the following over, and from that point it always looked likely that we would win.
Jack (3 for 8 off 3 overs) did a good job of marshalling his fielders although they didnt always give him as much help as could be hoped (we'll work on that in training!) and he also produced a superb over of leg spin to claim 3 wickets including 2 stumpings (and very nearly a 3rd) as Callum K showed sharp glove work (and good feet!).
A couple more run-outs again from hard, accurate throws were the sort of chances that good teams capitalise on, and then with time running out and South Devon well behind the required rate, late substitute Dan Cowdry
(3 for 0 off 1 over) bowled a great set of 6 "line and length" balls which resulted in 3 catches being offered and all being taken, including 2 difficult ones by older brother Ben at cover point!
A win by 44 runs is a great result, and another professional all-round performance... let's keep it going!