The u13 Red squad is made up entirely of y7s so is in effect an u12 team playing in the u13 league. 9 of the 12 were in last years u11 Blue side that lost to Doncaster in the district final.That defeat was on the last ball.
This year has seen them going from 8 a side pairs cricket to standard 11 a side cricket. Despite this change they have made an impressive start. Both Hollinsend and Norton Woodseats have been easily dispatched on their own grounds.
The season strated for 7 of the squad as they played for our combined cup side in a win at Aston Hall. The next day was the trip to Hollinsend match.
Collegiate batted first scoring 96 with double figure scores from Oliver Tyas, Hayden Pitcher, Connor Page and Max Robinson.Hollinsend never looked like overhauling that total. The Reds used 10 bowlers, only keeper Tom Higginbottom was not used. All 10 bowled tightly but Oliver Tyas shone brightest returning 3 for 2.
The following week found the team in a sundrenched graves park facing Norton Woodseats. Woodseats entered the match top of the league having already beaten Hollinsend and Hallam.
The pitch was low and slow, the pace in the outfield was no better. Taking that in to account Collegiates score of 78 looked very competitive. Such a total was mainly due to a patient innings from Jake Foster. Due to the rules at u13 level Jake was forced to retire on 30. His innings started slowly as he and Oliver Tyas both struggled to score against some accurate Woodseats bowling. When he did finally cut loose Jake hit his first 6 in match cricket.
Woodseats reply was doomed to failure by the end of the 3rd over. Will Slater opened with a maiden. Tim Pickin then went for 9 runs in the 2nd but then Slater returned and ripped out the Woodseats top order with 3 wickets in one over. He ended with figures of 4-1-3-3. Later on Will Shahane also took 3 wickets in his spell, this in his first game for the Reds.
Two of Shahanes wickets were quite remarkable. One because of a stunning one handed backwards diving catch by Connor Page. The other was the highlight of the game. Tom Wilkinson edged into keeper Hayden Pitchers gloves. All the Collegiate players appealed but the umpire hadnt heard the nick (I know this because I was that umpire). Wilkinson took it upon himself to walk. The spirit of cricket is alive and well and living in Sheffield.
At the end of the game the Collegiate players, including 12th man Max Robinson, voted for their man of the match award. 4 votes for Slater, 4 for Shahane and 4 for Foster. The prize of 10 small packs of Haribos was shared out 2 each with the remaining 4 packs being presented to Wilkinson for his sporting conduct.
The Reds have 2 matches left in the regional stage. Both are at home aginst Hallam and Norton Oakes. If they can keep up this form then there is a chance they could reach the 1st division of the merit league. This would be a fantastic achievement for u12 team.
I will keep you posted on how it goes.