By Aditya Muthukumar, U13B
Our side this year has started to post bigger totals and bowl more accurately. Different people have stepped up on different occasions with our side regularly featuring U12 players. Josh Chagar is at the top of the chart for the most runs(295) and most matches (18) while Toby Stokes leads the way in bowling with 13 wickets and Amy Carey had the best bowling figures with 4/13. Here’s a review of what happened through this excellent season.
It kicked off with a friendly against Four Oaks Saints CC on a breezy evening. It was evident that the players were rusty and we lost that match.
The actual league season started on a very chilly day. Fielders struggled to stay on the field with many wearing sweatshirts and hoodies. But our batters posted a massive 162-1 – our highest score at the time! Skipper Michael Shackleford retired not out on 40 off 30 balls, Billy Bojan scoring a patient 37 and Tom Hanlon with a quickfire 40 of 23 with 6 fours. We then bundled them out for 104-7 with an all-round bowling effort. (Scorecard)
The next fixture against Kings Bromley was cancelled due to rain. Next Sunday, however, the weather didn’t disappoint as we contested against Whittington CC in a close encounter. A fantastic bowling performance meant that we kept Whittington down to 71 off 17.3 overs. The top order fell early and some strong lower batting took us to the target. I particularly remember this match as this was the first match I wrote a report for – find it here.
Our first encounter in the Warwickshire Cricket League was scheduled on Bank Holiday Monday versus Highcroft and Great Barr CC. With a poor pitch and uneven bounce, we put just 67 on the board. Our opponents scored that in 11 overs. They would eventually go on to win the league.
In contrast to the gloomy weather in the previous match, sunny skies greeted us at Draycott and Hanbury CC. After our side scored a competitive 126-6 with Josh C top-scoring with 35, our U12 players came to the fore in an outstanding bowling effort to skittle them out for 52. Back to winning ways! Here is the match report.
A busy week started with a loss against Dunstall CC. They posted 117-5 after electing to bat first. However great bowling denied us the win.
Moving onto Thursday where we played a 7-man team from Aston Manor CC at the Penns Lane “Douglas” Sports Ground. Josh hit 24 of 16 balls and Billy Bojan scored a mature 30 off 41 to take the team to 109. Their opener got off to the perfect start as Aiden Howell smashed 35 off 20 deliveries in an innings comprising of six 4s and 1 six. However, the rest of the team failed to support him as we quickly got the game over once Aiden had retired. Read more about the match here.
A nail-biter followed between us and Trentside CC. On a superb batting wicket, Michael’s 42, Josh’s 30 and a high-score for Adi of 15 helped us post a par 152-7. After their top order fired, some effective bowling towards the end meant that we kept them down to 147 – a tense 5 run finish! More on that here.
The next match was a low-scoring one in bowler-friendly conditions. Michael top-scored with 33 in an 89 all-out innings. The match is commonly remembered for Billy Bojan and Ben Carruthers resurrecting us after we were tottering at 60-9. They put on a priceless 29 run partnership for the 10th wicket to add some respect to an otherwise low score by the team’s high standards. An unbelievable evening of bowling followed with Amy Carey picking up 4-13 and Ellie Phillips an astonishing 2-0 in 3 overs! Wow! We bowled them out for 66 in 19 overs.
The next match against Dunstall CC saw numerous rain breaks. Will Priddey made a steady 35 off 49 while Josh made an entertaining 25 to boost the team’s total to 109-5. After 3 early breakthroughs, the rain kept intervening. In the end, we won comfortably by 23 runs.
And the final match on this half of the report is probably the loss that hurts us the most. The table-toppers Tutbury restricted us to 80-4 in tough batting conditions and then they achieved it in 9.5 overs. Read about that match by clicking on this link.
Hope you enjoyed reading about the first part of our season. Keep your eyes peeled for the next one!