Sports Report - U13 Boys Cricket
The U13 boys cricket team travelled to Haygrove this evening for a spot of indoor cricket against the hosts and Hugh Sexeys.
With availability and late withdrawals a big issue, the team travelled with 7 for the 8 a side competition. The boys however were determined to have a go and enjoy themselves.
Haygrove batted first and whacked it from the outset. Last minute recruit Olly Manchip (he was getting changed at 3.05 for football training but was turning his arm over at 3.20 at Haygrove) opened the bowling steadily but some clean striking meant Haygrove were motoring on despite regular wickets taken by Chilton. Manchip combining with Vince Marsh for two run outs in an over. All of the lads bowled straight but perhaps too short as Haygrove amassed 79-7 from their 6 overs, a big score.
In reply Cresswell was run out by a reluctant Howes which wasn’t ideal. After a cautious start Howes eventually retired on 15 with a sublime six that almost hit me on the balcony! This brought Marsh to the wicket and he and Manchip were aggressive. Manchip struck some lovely maximums whilst Vince nudged, nurdled and whacked his way to a retirement. Suddenly Chilton needed 22 from 6 balls. A no ball was bowled and suddenly it was 16 from6. Then 10 from 4. 8 from 2 and then finally 6 needed off the last ball but Josh Deane could only muster a 2 as we lost a thriller by 4 runs. The huge celebration from Haygrove showed that they did not expect such fight from 7 man Chilton. A great effort.
In the second game Hugh Sexey’s batted first and batted well amassing 79-7 again! All of the bowlers bowled well, particularly Olly Harvey, Vince Marsh, Nathan Howes and Josh Deane, whilst Ellis Gannicott did well also.
In reply due to an interesting take on the front foot no ball laws, Chilton were two wickets down from the first two balls. Not an ideal start. Josh Deane and Ellis Gannicott tried to rotate the strike but struggled against some good bowling. With Hugh Sexeys winning fairly comfortably.
Haygrove won the final vs Hugh Sexeys to leave the boys thinking what might have been! A superb effort from the 7, a man down against both teams. They were a pleasure to take there