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Match Report – U15 vs Tunbridge Wells

8 Jun 2014 - Mike Wright

The sun was out on a hot and bright Sunday at the Vine. SVCC U15 took on mid table Tunbridge Wells. Captain for the day, Tom James, won the toss and elected to bat, opening with Tom Pollington  and Noah Zuberi. T’Wells opening bowler Charlie Stafford started with pace and bounce and Pollington (3 runs, SR 60) cut a short and wide ball straight to backward point to go cheaply for the second week running. Charlie Oster joined Zuberi and together they put on 70 runs until Oster (38 runs, SR 118) was adjudged LBW by your truly to a flat ball from T’Wells captain Hugo Williams that hit him on the top roll – tight call. Zuberi (26 runs, SR 59) was quick to follow, not quite clearing mid-off off the same bowler.

James Carslaw and Sam Marshall added another 50 runs until Carslaw (22 runs, SR 91) was bowled swinging for the fences in the second last over. Marshall (26 runs, SR 100) and Tom James (2 runs, SR 200) finished off the innings with 129/4 probably 25 short of a demanding total.

Cathrine Prout treated the boys to a terrific tea helped by Nic Brown and Will Reid-Dick.

T’Wells took to pitch and SVCC opened with Carslaw and Marshall. Carslaw sent down an in-swinging yorker for his first ball and knocked over the off-stump, sending the opener back to the pavilion for a golden duck – the writing was on the wall.

Marshall hit the top of off-stump in his second over and T’Wells were 8/2.

Andrew Reid-Dick replaced Carslaw and had a short ball hit for 4 before getting the dangerous Stafford out at backward square leg to a juggling catch by the man he had replaced.

Pollington took over from Marshall and the batsman nicked an out-swinger to the keeper Bryant. T’Wells were 28/4.

Runs were hard to come by – with the ball going to hand and James protecting the short boundary. Pollington got the next wicket, hitting middle stump and then following with an LBW in the same over to reduce T’Wells to 38/6.

Enter captain Hugo Williams – who put on a fine batting display – hitting anything short for 4 on the leg side, adding nearly 70 runs with partner Sam Sherry.

However with balls running out, he was run out going for a second run to a miss-field by James and Bryant. Sherry followed shortly afterwards bowled by Oster off a short run-up and T’Wells ended on 112/8 – a mere 18 short of the required total.

Hard to call a man of the match – true team effort.