U/13 8-a-side vs Sheffield United at Abbeydale. Utd 235. SCCC 246
After last weeks narrow defeat against Aston Hall the 8 a-side team were determined to defeat to bounce back at home to Sheffield United on the bottom ground. Bowling first Jack Lister (still only 9!) bowled two tight overs in tandem with Kate Fielding although neither of them was able to get a breakthrough despite Jack in particular beating the edge several times. It was a similar story against the second United pair with new player Kaihzer and Alex Ward both bowling tightly but unable to get any wickets. There were a few dropped chances but both of the first two pairs had looked solid and in this league where a wicket removes five runs they looked set for a good total. The third pair were considerably weaker, a fact exploited by Max Goodall and Will Green who between them picked up three wickets and with an additional run out put United on the back foot. Tom Hancock bowled the last two from the pavilion end and deserved his wicket although Khaizer and Jack who bowled the last of their respective three overs from the other end didn’t get any reward. United finished on a net total of 235 for the loss of 5 wickets.
We started well with Max Goodall and Tom Hancock both following the coaches only request to not lose silly early wickets which we had been guilty of last week. Although they each only picked up four some erratic bowling from United ensured we were well on the way after the first four overs. Will Green and Kate both struggled against some improved bowling but despite both losing their wickets once they managed to keep us on track. Harry Rolston and Alex Ward then took us to with 6 runs of the required total but with the risk of losing wickets we were still not safe. This fact was shown to be true when Khaizer unluckily played on, but between him and Jack we were able to ease back up and beyond the total to a comfortable victory by a net 11 runs for the loss of just the three wickets.
A great effort guys. In this game of pairs cricket everybody is guaranteed to be involved and has the potential to win a game. Nobody shied away from this responsibility and everyone played to the best of their ability. If we play like this every week there is no reason why we can’t challenge for the league.