This Time It's Not The Result That Matters
It's The Juniors Who Stepped Up To The Plate
If ever there was a case for having junior training and junior teams, Saturday's match against league leaders Netherfield proved it. With 12 senior players unavailable, both the 1st and 2nd teams were decimated. Obviously the 1st team took the players they needed to get a fine result against Coniston, but it left Boycott with a real headache in trying to get enough players to play against Netherfield.
Up stepped the juniors. All 5 of them to be precise, and once again Sedgwick 2nd team were able to field a side in the face of adversity when others would most likely have had to concede. And what's more, with Bernard in charge, they stuck to their task. He was still able to find 7 bowlers and whilst it wasn't the most penetrating attack, Netherfield never ran away with the score in posting 197-5 from 37 overs. The main wicket takers being Sam Portmann, Richard Haddath and Matt Salisbury.
As usual, Tim Reddin scored his customary 50 and he was also aided by a further half century from their skipper. The fact that 11 catches were put down (is this a record?) did not help Sedgwick's cause and had they been held, it might have been a rather better outcome. Of course there was no such luck when Sedgwick went out to bat, as the innings was rather more brief than Bernard would have hoped, but they certainly didn't disgrace themselves. A bright and breezy innings of 18 from Tom Willacy and an excellent 34 from Matt Salisbury were the highlights for Sedgwick, but the main damage was done by the bowling of James Morgan and Bertie Medhurst as they accounted for four wickets and two wickets respectively as Sedgwick were bowled out for 85.
Under the circumstances, it was a decent effort, and in bringing the likes of Dan, Will and Freddie into the team in times of need, it bodes well for the future.