6 May 2013 - Nigel Langley
SVCC U-11’s Match Report
Border League – Division 1
Away to Cowdrey CC Monday 6th May 2013
Harry Bevan-Thomas C
Oliver Hards WK
Freddie Knox WK
12th Man Jack Walker
On Monday we travelled to Swanmead Way to face Cowdrey in our first Border League game of the season with high hopes of a good 2013 campaign ahead of us.
Cowdrey always give us a tough game but with Harry B-T winning the toss, and electing to field, our opening attack of Sam Collens and Gus Sears were soon setting about the oppo’s batsmen with SC picking up a wicket in his second over following an impressive maiden from GS.
After the first 5 overs the home side were 17-1 with Zak Iqbal then joining the attack with an impressive spell of 0-9 from his maximum 3 overs ably supported by skipper HB-T who bamboozled the batsman without success in his spell of 2-0-4-0.
George Conley then came on partnered by Ewan Gavin, and Cowdrey started to open up a little and despite picking up a much needed wicket from EG supported by a catch from ZI we were in danger of losing our control on the game. The home side’s impressive Joe Hart made an unbeaten 26.
Enter debutant Finn Langley who collected two wickets in his first over to stop the rot and put us back on top with a fine spell of 2-0-10-2. Cowdrey were now 56-4 but started to recover again with Jack Larssen unlucky to be on the receiving end in his spell but with another debutant Freddie Knox taking off the keepers gloves and pads to finish with an impressive 1-1 from his 2 overs.
With some tidy bowling overall, and good support in the field including both keepers, we had managed to keep Cowdrey down to 85-5 from their 20 overs despite giving away 26 extras and it was with some confidence that we sent ZI and FK out to the middle looking to secure a comfortable victory.
But it didn’t quite turn out like that with FK getting caught in the very first over to bring HB-T to the crease and after a furtive start the two batsmen started to get into their stride against some solid, but not penetrating, bowling.
Both players though were playing with a degree of caution that saw us through to the 10 over break with only 42 on the board, probably 10 runs shy of where we should have been, but still with 9 wickets remaining.
After the interval the score board started to tick over but HB-T had to retire with an unbeaten 26 and ZI soon followed having been run-out for a hard-grafted but valuable 20. Cue a collapse from 63-1 to 79-5 with three overs left as SC, Jack Brown, and GC, all went cheaply to a combination of good bowling and ill-disciplined batting. EG came to the crease and hit a welcome boundary in his brief innings of 6 to leave the scores tied at the start of the last over.
JL faced the first ball, lifted his head and lost his stumps bringing FL in to surely claim the glory with just one run needed from five balls. But yours truly had little choice but to call a wide for a very wide delivery indeed for the second ball, and victory was duly ours.
A victory that should have been comfortable given that we’re normally chasing totals of 100+ in these games but one that we made difficult for ourselves by some ill-judged batting and ill-disciplined bowling on occasions.
But it’s a welcome win in our first game so congrats are due to all the boys in a side that will undoubtedly improve as the season progresses and lessons are duly learnt.
Man of the Match – Harry Bevan-Thomas
Next match- Home to Cowdrey Monday 13th May @ 18.00. Venue: Otford
9th May- MSP