6 Jun 2013 - Nigel Langley
Border League – Division 1
Home to Holmesdale CC Thursday 6th June 2013
Harry Bevan-Thomas C
12th Man Joe Barty
On Thursday we entertained Holmesdale which was always going to be a tough assignment and so it proved. We had a young team out made up of mostly Year 5’s against Holmesdale’s team of all Year 6 with 6 boys in the District team. Bailey, Kibblewhite and Barty came in for their first games.
Holmesdale won the toss and batted, Collens bowled a good accurate first over but Earl and Green got quickly into their stride with any loose ball being punished on a quick outfield where it was either one or four. Collens bowled Holmesdale’s Captain Earl for 14 with the score on 29-1 after just 3 overs. Iqbal and B-T bowled some accurate overs in the middle of the game to reign Holmesdale’s explosive start back a little. There were a couple of drop catches by Langley and Iqbal off B-T, they were tough chances as on both occassions the ball was hit hard at them, but we need to take these chances when we play good sides. Iqbal made amends shortly afterwards catching Green off B-T with the score on 42-2. Wines and Marr-Johnson pushed the score along quickly helped by some wayward bowling and the score stood at 89-2 off just 10 overs.
The boys stuck at their task however both Wines and Marr-Johnson batted well with any loose ball going for 4 before retiring after getting to 25*, this was soon followed by an exceptional piece of fielding by B-T running Chessell out with a direct throw. Surguy batted very well to be the third Holmesdale player to retire at 25*, before Robert Bailey picked up his first League wicket by bowling Masding for pace. Holmesdale finished on 185-4 off their 20 overs.
Holmesdale did bat well but felt our bowling was not as accurate as it had been and our ground fielding as well was not up to its usual standard. I know they hit the ball hard but we need to do the basics well and not get intimidated and overawed. Play the ball not the man.
The boys were a little down but an excellent tea soon put a smile back on their faces and we were ready to bat with Conley and Iqbal opening. We were realistic that 186 was a long shot to win the game but looked to play every ball on its merits.
Surguy and Masding opened up, bowling at a good pace with excellent accuracy. ZI was bowled by Masding with the score on 10-1 after 4 overs. B-T was soon into his stride but Conley was Run Out after going for a quick single when in pain having been hit on the calf. 12-2 soon became 12-3 with FK being caught off Norris. Brown soon followed for 1 after taking some blows to the body, 19-4 after 7 overs.
SC after a good knock in the previous game joined B-T and batted sensibly against some quick accurate bowling, running quick singles and took the score to 49-5 off 13 overs before SC was bowled by Earl. An excellent 30 run partnership. FL continued where SC had left off defending the good balls and running well between the wickets with B-T pushing the score to 71-6 after 18 overs as FL was caught off Norris. Soon after B-T retired for his fourth consecutive 25*, which I feel was his best knock of the season for us against the best attack we have faced and did not get distracted when early wickets were falling around him. Some lusty blows by RB on his debut took us to 80-6 at the end.
Although the margin was huge at the end, I felt the boys responded well and showed a lot of character when 19-4 and we could have easily been bowled out for 30 or so, this was down to B-T, SC, FL, RB,as Geoff Boycott would say ‘showing a lot of ticker’ getting in line and playing each ball on its merits and not getting phased against quick accurate bowling.
Overall we must learn not to get intimidated when playing older boys, always keep our heads up in the field even if the ball is going to all parts, the body language needs to be more positive and get back to basics with bowling accurately, getting our bodies behind the ball when fielding and watching the ball when batting. We will be better for the lose as long as we learn from our mistakes.
Many thanks to Faye Iqbal and her team for the exceptional teas and to ‘Grandad’ Larsson for doing the scoring who is over from Australia to see the Aussies lose the Ashes again this summer!
Man of the Match – Harry Bevan-Thomas – 26*, 3-0-22-1, a Run Out with a direct throw
Next match – Home to Bells Yew Green Monday 10th June @ 18.00. Venue: Holmesdale
9th June- NL