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10 Jun 2013 - Nigel Langley

Border League – Division 1

Home to Bells Yew Green CC        Monday 10th June 2013

Team:

Robert Bailey (C)

Ewan Gavin (VC)

Jacob Adams

Ben Easterbrook

Oliver Hards

Finn Langley

Zachary Lenhart

William Parr (WK)

Jack Pullen (WK)

Gus Sears

Charlie Williams

Tom Williams

 

We had a terrific game against BYG which saw us lose off the last ball with a scampered single, the third game to go to the last over and second to the very last ball of the match!

Robert Bailey won the toss and decided to bat. FL and ZL opened up and started building a platform before a mix up going for a second run saw FL Run Out, 13-1. EG joined ZL and they batted very well together keeping the scoreboard ticking over and hitting the bad ball for 4. At the half way stage we had reached 42-1, but we needed to up the run rate if we were going to post a good score.

When ZL was Run Out for an excellent 22 the score stood at 74-2, after 15 overs. Enter the Captain RB who was soon bowled playing across the line. CW joined EG for a brief period before EG had to retire for 25*, a great innings and his favourite whip shot through the leg side coming to the fore. As we looked to score quickly in the final overs, CW fell for a well made 6 quickly followed by GS for 1. BE and JP saw us to the 100 mark ending on 100-5. BE’s shot for 4 through midweek being a highlight, the BYG mid-wicket fielder had his hands in his pockets when the ball whistled past him, I haven’t seen a boy take his hands out of his pockets so quickly, brilliant!

A decent total but we would have to bowl well to win.

TW on his debut opened up the bowling with a tight over, OH and then JA bowled their first overs of the season before CW made the breakthrough getting two wickets in his first over, 24-2 after 5 overs. ZL with a maiden and GS continued to keep it tight and before BE took his first wicket, an excellent catch by OH at mid-off, 36-3 off 7 overs. FL bowled a maiden, followed by a good over by EG, who when bowling leg-spin needs to bowl more stump to stump as felt he bowled too wide of the stumps. 44-3 at half way, 47 off 10 overs to win.

Some expensive overs took the score to 75-3 after 13 before ZL took the wicket of Cummings for 19 again caught at mid-off this time by CW, 79-4, 6 overs left and we needed some tight bowling and more importantly wickets. We kept it tight with good overs from FL, EG and RB but the batsman kept keeping the scoreboard slowly moving, 91-4 with 3 overs left, RB over went for 3 runs. 7 to win off 2 overs – no pressure.

BE came on and bowled Elliot for 6 with his first ball, game on. A single and then a two left 3 to win off the last over, up stepped FL. The first two balls were dots before a quick single brought Hartley on 13 to face and FL quickly despatched him knocking his stumps over, 99-6, two balls left two runs to win. A bye then took the scores level. The field was brought in, the batsman mistimed a drive but it was all that was needed to get home and win the game for BYG.

A terrific game, but disappointing for the boys not to get over the line. They did extremely well and would have learnt a lot from playing in a tight pressurised game like this. Cricket can be a game of fractions and every run really does count when batting and fielding in tight games like these.

Many thanks to Rachel Sears and her team for the exceptional teas, hugely enjoyed by the boys and parents alike.

Joint Man of the Match – Ewan Gavin, 25* and Zachary Lenhart, 22 and 2-1-4-1

 

Next match – Home to Tunbridge Wells Tuesday 18th June @ 18.00. Venue: Otford

 

 

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