Match Date: 6 September 2020
We began nice and early as Walmley U14 Kites took on Harborne U14 on Court Lane. After winning the toss, Harborne put on 111 with Ripouen and Charlie forming an excellent partnership in the middle overs. Walmley set out to chase that down on a wicket that was getting tired progressively, losing early wickets. In the end, the Kites fell short by 2 runs as a good performance in the field paved the way to a victory for Harborne.
Captaining for the first time, Adi Muthukumar lost the toss as Harborne chose to bat. Walmley were on point from the outset as Ed Bickley and Adi didn’t give away many, Adi picking up Charlie for a duck in a wicket maiden. Josh Chagar was also in the action as he picked up the dangerman Sully for 1 and after opener Yuvi retiring hurt, Kian Eratne took a stunning catch at extra cover to dismiss Harry off Josh again. The 2nd Charlie and Ripouen then got together and hit several boundaries in a big partnership. After both of them retiring, Ripouen on 34 (3 fours and 1 six) and Charlie on 30 (4 fours), the previously hurt Yuvi returned with a runner but was bowled by Krish Chauhan in the 19th. Adi bowled a quiet 20th as Harborne concluded on Nelson, 111-4, a par score on a difficult wicket.
Krish and Reuben Majithia started off for Walmley as Reuben was caught for 1 and Krish bowled for 5 by a slow delivery. Kian and Michael Shackleford started the rebuilding process, taking the singles on offer and hitting the occasional boundary on what was now a slow, low turner. Sharp fielding meant that the equation was 48 off 5 overs. A productive over getting Walmley to 36 from four. Another good over meant 28 off 3. Kian was given out lbw as he yet again missed a deserved retirement after amassing 26 runs. Michael struck a boundary to retire on 33, a fantastic innings comprising 4 fours once again from the keeper. The No. 5 Ben Carruthers was out for 3, bowled by a good delivery from Harborne’s Will.
Tom Hanlon and Josh Chagar were set for the last over as Walmley required 14. The in-form Tom began the over in style as he clipped a beautiful 4 along the carpet to square leg, dissecting the fielders. 10 off 5. The batsmen run 2. 8 off 4. A golden dot ball for Harborne. 8 off 3. The crowd starts to build up as people for the afternoon game gather in. Tom creams a 4 straight downtown, again along the ground and the outfield obliges as he scores 4. 4 off 2. A dot ball. 4 needed off the last ball, Tom swings and misses and is heartbroken. Josh runs up to the striker’s end and is run out. A fantastic, close game of cricket once again for Walmley where the opposition get over the line once more. A brilliant way to end this shortened season.
Thanks for reading this report. Look out for my season review in a couple of weeks’ time. Take care everybody!
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Summary: Harborne CC 111-4 (Ripouen 34, Charlie 30, Josh Chagar 2-17) win against Walmley CC 108-5 (Michael Shackleford 28, Kian Eratne 26, Hoir 1-12) by 33 runs
By Aditya Muthukumar, U14 Kites