With the greens match at Chestfield White Caps postponed due to a double booking and the alternative venue of Radfall declined by the White Caps the Greens have a week off. (One wonders what match could be more important! did they have the England Squad in secret training for Thursdays Test match, may have to send spies up to Grasmere road with an autograph book.)
I took the opportunity to check out the greens opponents in Tuesday’s big interclub show down at Radfall.
I even managed to get Greens Skipper Will to infiltrate the gold ranks as Golds star all-rounder Henry (Henners) Todd is still sidelined with a gammy leg.
St Lawrence Falcons were the visitors at the Belmont. Golds lost the toss and where asked to bat, and what followed was one of the best batting displays from an U11s side I seen for a very long time.
First pair Ben” the bullet" Mills and skipper Will who took 25 runs off the first 4o with BM hitting one glorious 4, just failing to clear the boundary by a couple of meters.
Second pair "Harry" Harrison Legg and Tom (TC) Cain adding 30 runs off the second set of 4o. With a text book last over hit a 4 push the field back then push into the gaps created for a quick single then do it all again, I could hear Barry purring with satisfaction from square leg.
Next up Henry M and Sam Mc with good clean hitting and Henry slapping a first ball beamer for 4 runs. (Great shot).
Last but not least Isaac (The Destroyer) Dilkes 49 runs from 21 balls including 2 fabulous 6s ably supported by Andrew N.
Some awesome hitting gave the golds a massive to 344-2 off 16o.
Falcons batting and taking the nearly new and rather pummelled ball was Isaac (The Destroyer) Dilkes and Henry M both bowled miserly overs with no luck.
Next pair Harry Legg bowling an impeccable corridor of uncertainty line finished with 2-1-1-1 with a caught and bowled. At the other end Ben" the bullet" could smell wickets and despite a twisted ankle and grazed arm was not being taken off and finished with 2-1-2-3 narrowly missing out on a second over hat trick.
Next up Skipper Will and Andrew N put the squeeze on the Falcons bowling 4 o for 6 runs and taking 2 wkts to leave the Falcons on 199 off 12o
But a fight back from Falcons Charlie and Matthew took the Falcons to a total of 221 but not before super sub Joel took 3-11.
A top performance from a top side the Golds but interclub rivalry can make the greens confident of pulling off a shock win on Tuesday.