U13A - Report
|Manningham Mills B||30||vs||162/2||Pudsey St Lawrence|
U13s PUT MANNINGHAM THROUGH THE MILL
All Gerard Sharpe's prayers were answered as the weather stayed fine and his rampant U13s crushed Manningham Mills by 132 runs.
Winning the toss and batting first worked well again for the U13s. A reshuffled batting line up saw the visitors open with Ben Merchant and Thomas Ayers. The new opening pair didn't disappoint putting on 69 for the first wicket before Ben retired on 32 having found the boundary six times. Tom's retirement followed soon afterwards with Saint Lawrence progressing well on 79-0 in the 12th over. Elevated to number three James Pearce looked eager to impress with the bat and a quick 30 which included five fours saw him to retirement. Curtis was unlucky to fall cheaply and Jack Allman having survived two chances looked to have got his eye in only to be unluckily run out having posted 16. Archie came to the crease and stroked an effortless 30 before he too retired. Tom Frankland finished two not out and Saint Lawrence closed on 162-2 off their twenty overs.
In reply Mills were soon in trouble. John Pearce and Megan Flemings opening spells had effectively ended the game reducing the home side to 11-5 after six overs. Tom Frankland and Josh Marsden picked up a wicket apiece and Archie administered the coup de grace picking up the last two wickets in four balls. Jack Allman kept well nipping two neat stumpings and it was an Allman family affair watching Jack keeping to Harry who was standing in for the U13s tonight.
However, the pick of the Saint Lawrence bowlers once again was magic Megan Fleming. Megan took a wicket in her first over and found herself on a hat-rick in her second. Miserly Megan Fleming finished with the impressive figures of 3-3-0-3. Tom Frankland wasn't far behind with another economical spell of 3-2-5-1. Archie finished with 2-0, John 2-14 and Josh 1-4. Impressive catching from Archie and James combined with Jack's nimble keeping added up to an impressive display in the field. Manningham Mills had nine ducks on the scoresheet with only one batter, Saqib Mohammed, getting onto the scoresheet with 19.
The U13s remain unbeaten in the League this season and have established themselves as genuine title contenders...weather permitting.
Gerard Sharpe had surprised many of his followers by asking them to pray for fine weather in an astonishing web post last week. Travelling fans were stunned when Gerard arrived at the Mills ground dressed as the Archbishop of Canterbury carrying a staff and shaking holy water on the Mills wicket. Just as Club members were confident that Gerard had overcome the cross dressing traumas which blighted his last two seasons he seems to have lapsed into a dangerous religious fanaticism. Gerard left the ground blessing the Mills players whilst mumbling Latin prayers. The League have been informed.