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18 Jun 2013 - Nigel Langley

SVCC U-11’s Match Report

Border League – Division 1

 Home to Tunbridge Wells CC        Tuesday 18th June 2013


Sam Collens (C)

Zak Iqbal (VC)

George Conley

Ewan Gavin

Thomas Glaister (WK)

Max Kibblewhite

Finn Langley

Zachary Lenhart

Charles Tetley

Seth Zuberi


12th Man Jack Berger-North


Another last over finish saw us lose by 11 runs against a strong Tunbridge Wells team.

TWells won the toss and decided to bat. SC and FK opened up with the latter striking with his third ball bowling their opener for 3. 10 runs came off the next SC over but it was FK who took two wickets in his second over, both bowled leaving TWells stuttering on 15-3.

SZ and ZI kept the pressure on with some tight bowling backed up by some excellent ground fielding by CT and FL fielding in the deep, but TWells had reached 43-3 after 8 overs. MK and GC came on and we really needed a breakthrough and it was the latter getting their No. 5 LBW who got us back into the game, but the score had reached 57-4 after 10 overs.

The TWells Captain made a good 25* but their middle order pushed the score along well and had reached 82-4 off 15 overs although both ZL and EG had bowled tightly. TWells were looking to accelerate with 5 overs to go and it was left to CT and FL to nullify that acceleration. FL took a wicket in his final over, a good catch at deep extra cover by ZI, which was followed by two Run Outs off the last two balls which was down to some good fielding and throws from the deep. 116-7 off 20 overs.

This was a much better fielding performance, good catches, Run Outs which lasted the full 20 overs which it had not in recent weeks. More pleasing was the number of wides and no balls bowled which is getting less each week.

GC and TG opened up and a good base was required with 6 an over required. Things did not go according to plan with TG bowled for 3 in the third over, EG joined GC and was needlessly Run Out going for a second run, 21-2 off 5 overs. GC played some nice shots off the back foot but was soon bowled, 32-3 off 7 overs. The run rate had risen to over 7 an over with two new batsmen in, a tough ask, but ZI having dropped down to No. 4 and FK started to accelerate with some quick singles with the odd boundary, 47-3 off 10 overs. But it was the introduction of the TWells leg spinner who changed the game, with firstly the wicket of FK caught behind for 11 and then SC stumped for 1, 65-5 off, 50 required off 7 overs. The Leggie finished with 2-1-2-2, excellent control with bounce.

ZL joined ZI, brimming with confidence after his 22 the game before and continued where he had left off, running well between the wickets. ZI soon had to retire for 28*, an excellent knock hitting four 4’s and making singles into twos, his best knock of the season.

FL joined ZL with 32 needed off 3 overs, 8 off the first over and then 9 off the second left 15 off the last. TWells brought their opening bowler back on as the clock was nearing 8.45pm, we took 3 off the first two balls before FL was bowled slogging to leg, CT was LBW and SZ caught behind both unselfishly looking to win the game by hitting boundaries. It was not to be and we finished on 105-8 with ZL finishing on a well made 19*.

Jack Berger-North was 12th man for the game and when TWells turned up with 10 players he was very happy to get a game and play for TWells, much appreciated Jack and a lot of credit must go to him for sticking his hand up and wanting to do it.

Another great game, and a much better display in the field by the boys who are learning not to give away needless extras. From a batting perspective the middle order did well, but we must get off to better starts which will give us a good base to accelerate the score in the latter overs. We must learn not to make it easy for the opposition with needless Run Outs, in each of the last three games one of the top three has been Run Out.

Many thanks to Faye and her team for the excellent teas, hugely enjoyed by the boys and parents alike.  Neil Tetley for scoring and Peter Conley for Umpiring.

Joint Man of the Match – Zak Iqbal, 28* and a catch, Freddie Knox, 11 and 2-0-6-3


Next match – Away to Holmesdale Monday 24th June @ 18.00. Venue: Holmesdale



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