The mixed CBH U15 team successfully navigated the latest NWCL game against Northop Hall CC.
We opened with Sam Southall and Zak when we batted first on a worn wicket. Zak was his usual productive self and retired on 35 (that's a fine) at a strike rate of 125.00. Sam S played one of his best innings for the side, scoring 23 with some entertaining legside boundaries.
Ben, James and Archie went quickly, and at 82-4, Northop Hall had a chance to 'strangle' the innings, but sensible batting by the captain, Cayo, steadied the innings and energetic innings of 7 from Ben Rofe and being outscored by Harrison (16) saw CBH close their innings on 127-5.
The team felt 127 was a good score, but the coaching team reminded them not to take anything for granted in sport and execute their skills with focus.
Sam Curtis and Archie opened the bowling, putting pressure on the opening batters. Archie bowled one of the openers, but the other batted for a steady 34, never threatening the required run rate.
The Northop Hall middle order rallied and began to put the pressure back on CBH. We pride ourselves on our fielding ability and 'presence', but a mid-innings slump saw Coach Curtis have a rare show of frustration and a stomp around the rope, encouraging the fielders to raise their game.
An economic spell by Joe Harrison saw control restored, and with everyone having overs CBH closed the game out comfortably with Northop Hall finishing on 100-5.
Cayo's innings showed that it is not always about how many runs you score but how and when you react to the match. It was a considered response and made a tangible impact on the game.
The feedback from the coaching team was concentrating and maintaining standards in the field.
Thank you to Al for running the game and Allison for grappling with the play-cricket scoring app.
MoM - Zak for good innings and truly outstanding fielding, inc a run-out from the very long boundary.
DoD - Cayo for too many indiscretions to mention, but run close by Archie, who forgot his box and took someone else's without informing them!.