Our U13 Red team played Sheffield United in a Merit 1 match on Tuesday 9th July 2013. It turned out to be an enthralling match which entertained a fair sized audience, on what was a glorious summers evening.
Collegiate restricted ten man United to just 72 for 6 off 20 overs. Just five bowlers were used with Jake Foster and Michael Flathers picking up two wickets. Captain Oliver Tyas bowled his usual economical spell returning 10 for 1 off 4 overs.
The reds batting order had a topsy turvey feel to it with regular top order batsmen Tyas, Foster and Flathers dropping down the order having all bowled. All three had also been involved in games earlier in the day.
The United total started to look a big ask as Collegiate slumped to 10 for 3 and 9 of the 10 runs were extras! Prospects of a home win improved as Max Robinson added a useful 13. Collegiate then built the rest of the innings around the ever impressive Jake Foster. He led a superb recovery that saw his side reach 71 for 7 and needing just 2 for victory.
Will Shahane who earlier had played an interisting “leg scoop” was then run out bringing the captain to the middle. Tyas drove a ball just past Harry Ashton, once of this parish, who was fielding at cover. The run looked on and the batsmen set off. Ashton proceeded to pick up the ball cleanly and in one continuous movement swiveled 180 degrees and flung the ball for a direct strike on the bowlers end stumps. Tyas was well out of the ground and the score moved to 71 for 9.
This left Collegiate in an interesting position. Foster was on 29 1 run away from mandatory retirement, such are the rules of U13 cricket. So if he was to score a single the match would have been a tie. However Foster was at the non strikers end and new batsman and last man in Tim Pickin was facing.
United turned to that man Ashton. He had yet to bowl due to an injury but looked ok as he flung down his first delivery which was probably the fastest of the game. This was blocked so he returned for ball number two. Once again a fast delivery it was on a line outside of off stump. Pickin pushed out his bat and got an edge which sailed through the non existent slips and the non existent third man and over the boundry for four runs.
This moment of victory was greeted by a huge cheer. Tim Pickin was the hero of the hour but the win was due in no small part to Fosters efforts with the ball and heroics with the bat. He is the red teams top scorer this season with 136 runs. Oliver Tyas moved to within 1 wicket of Will Slater in the race for top wicket taker.
All in all a fantastic game and a great advert for junior cricket. It benefitted greatly from being played in front of the clubhouse. It was watched by many who would have missed out on the excitement if it had been played on the top pitch.