Under 11 match reports ending a fantastic season
11 Jul 2018 - Tom Parsons
Championship North vs. Bidborough (Monday)
Vine U11B’s signed off the Championship North League season with a comprehensive win over Bidborough. Vine batted first and scored 98-4, with Lewie McPherson (26) and Freddie Lowndes (25) both retiring and Josh McClinton (10) and Ben Cole (12 n.o.) chipping in with valuable runs.
Defending such a good total, Vine’s bowling was outstanding. Milo Mahadeo (1-0-1-5) took a wicket in the first over, and then George Power tore through the Bidborough batting with three wickets in one over, including two in his first two balls, finishing with figures of 1-0-3-1. 7/4 soon became 8/6 with Ben Cole bowling a wicket maiden and Lizzie Piper taking 1 for 1. Charlie Dean stifled the scoring with excellent figures of 2-2-0-0, while Jasmine Beckett (2-0-1-7), Jack Kaye (2-0-1-6) and Zach Smith (2-0-1-4) finished off the Bidborough tail.
Bidborough were all out for 25, giving the U11B’s a brilliant 73 run win. An excellent team effort!
Premier League at Holmesdale (Monday)
The side entered this match off the back of a first loss to Castle Hill and needing a win to secure the League. Again the coin fell favourably, as Jack elected to bat first.
On a good wicket and fast outfield, the boys took a liking to the Holmesdale attack. Johnny hit a rapid 19, Max a well crafted 25 retired, as we got off to a strong start. Jack kept the momentum going with his best knock of the season, also 25 retired. As we wanted to keep the momentum going, Toby transferred from gritty opener to flourishing middle order batsman with a quickfire 21, including a huge six in to the trees over mid-wicket – more Adam Gilchrist than Alastair Cook! We ended on a very competitive 135/7 off the 16 overs, leaving Holmesdale a RRR of 8.5 per over to win.
Despite a fast start, Holmesdale were always struggling to keep up and some crazy running backed by a vastly improved fielding effort meant we made 5 run outs. Tight bowling from Jack (one wicket), Ed and Max in the middle overs helped with the pressure, with late wickets from Toby and Hugo seeing us home by 36 runs, as Holmesdale were dismissed for 99.
This meant a 4-0 record for both U11 sides against our nearest rivals in 2018, and essentially secured the League for the boys. Always good to win at Montreal Park!
Premier League at Kings Hill (Tuesday)
The final League fixture of the season came soon after, and there was an air of “end of school year” about the warms ups (mostly from the Manager who is relieved the admin is winding up!).
The toss was won and Freddie Smith elected to bat first. Again we got away to a flyer, Max retiring on a quick 26. Alex made a 25 retired, holding up one end, whilst a newly promoted Ed made an aggressive 28 retired. Some late hitting cameos meant we got to 141/3 off the 16 overs. Kings Hill requiring almost 9 an over to win.
The bowling probably wasn’t as good as usual, although Alex (opening with his off spin) gained us an early wicket, caught & bowled. I suspect the toll of a long, hot summer was catching up. Kings Hill made a fist of the chase and tight overs from Freddie Lowndes (0/6 of two) were a highlight. Late wickets from Max (bowled), Zach (stumping from Johnny), Freddie S (bowled) and Hugo (caught & bowled) meant we ended up with a 16 run win, KHCC ending with 125/6.
The win secured a 9-1 record for the season and an unassailable position at the top of the League.