Match Date: 13 August 2020
A nail-biter of a match unfolded at Walmley’s Court Lane Ground as Sheldon Marlborough CC’s U14 team triumphed over Walmley’s U14B Kites by just one run! Fielding first, Sheldon kept things tight, Walmley only able to amass 107-4. The game poised evenly throughout, a quick flurry at the end left Walmley heartbroken. Nevertheless, everyone agreed that it was an entertainer of a contest.
Inserted to bat, Walmley lost Adi Muthukumar in the 2nd over cheaply. Kian Eratne and Michael Shackleford then began the rebuilding process in a slow but steady partnership. After Michael’s departure, Tom Hanlon came out with some intent, striking four fours in a quick 25 before being stumped and Shlok Mehta was runout shortly after. Eleanor Phillips hit a boundary to finish things on a high, Walmley ending up with a modest 107. The star of the show, not for the first time this season, was Kian, scoring a sedate 29 not out, a paltry one off a well-earned retirement, holding the innings together for the Kites.
Warwickshire’s Hamza Sheikh and Harris walked out to open the innings for Sheldon Marlborough. The two left-handers kept things moving with singles and the occasional boundary. Hamza then top-edged on 15 off Eleanor’s bowling, and Harris was shortly bowled off his pads by offie Shlok Mehta. The game spiced up as the run flow was squeezed. 28 off 3 overs needed, some much-needed runs followed for Sheldon. The equation was clear – 10 runs needed off the final over. Reuben Majithia runs in – a single getting the main batsman Monin on strike. After a look around at the field, the next ball is bowled and Monin goes for a huge swing and… the ball sails over the boundary landing near the scorers much to Sheldon’s delight. But, the drama doesn’t end there. A few good balls mean that Sheldon need 1 off 1 ball. Monin swings, a leading edge to mid-on, mid-on collects, aims at the stumps and misses by a matter of inches. Monin scrambles in and his team rejoice, Walmley in disbelief. A thriller of a game with skilful fielding on a difficult outfield, powerful batting and a lovely atmosphere ended with Sheldon victorious.
After narrowly losing their last 2 games, the Kites travel to Harborne on Sunday and invite them back on Friday the 21st at the same venue, Court Lane.
Find the scorecard here.
Summary: Walmley CC 107- 4 (Kian Eratne 29*, Tom Hanlon 25, Harris – 1 wicket) lose to Sheldon Marlborough CC 108-3 (Monin 30, Hamza Sheikh 15, Edward Bickley 1-13) by 1 run
By Aditya Muthukumar, U14 Kites