We managed to get a 15 over game in to complete the cup match that had been postponed. We were playing against a strong A league team and so it was always going to be a tough task.
We lost the toss and fielded first and I can honestly say I have rarely been prouder of this team for the way they bowled and fielded in difficult conditions. We decided that we would ensure everyone got a bowl as it was a grotty evening and we needed to ensure everyone felt involved. Every single one of the team bowled to their maximum and we restricted a really strong batting team to 85 for 4 off their 15 overs. James Philp took his first wicket in colts cricket following on from his first wicket in senior cricket at the weekend – well done James. George Power and Robert Parker-Brown also took a wicket each (with great catches by Patrick Banyard and Kieran Connell) as well as good run out from Tom Lake. A really superb team effort.
We knew they had a very strong bowling attack and so it proved to be with us falling to 0 for 6 wickets after 4.3 overs!!!!!! Adam Byrne (10) and Freddie Tween (9 not out) gave some resistance with only Robert Parker Brown and Finto Cobb (on his U15 debut) troubling the scorers with 1 run each. We finished on 29 all out. A lot to learn with our batting including how to defend good bowlers as well as being more positive mentally as we go out to bat – I do feel we had talked ourselves into getting out before we went in!!
So a disappointing result but some huge positives in the bowling and fielding and much to learn from the batting.
As ever we played in great spirit but maybe need to have more of a desire to win at times.
Thanks as ever to Rich Tween for umpiring and Carolyn Power for scoring, and for all the parents that braved the grotty evening.
Back to the league on Friday at Tichborne Park where we hope to get back to winning ways.