Home | Sunday 14 May 2017
Covers on the Broxhead wicket (thank you Ross) protected the match from heavy, overnight rain and the whole game v Horsley & Send was played beneath blue skies and in warm sunshine.
This was the first match for U13 Foxes in the Two Counties League Div 1. We are anticipating some tough games in this League and Sunday's match-up again Horsley & Send did not disappoint.
Our captain (Tom Lang) won the toss and asked H&S to bat. The first 3 overs from Seb Burrage and Finley Hunt did not concede a run and yielded 2 wickets - an encouraging start to the match and season! Tom brought himself on in the 6th over and took 2 wickets with catches from George Hall (his second of the the match) and Finley leaving our visitors 18 for 4.
Then came the fight-back. Jack Cardwell and Ed Smith got some great turn from the pitch. Fielding was tight from Chris Clayden & Callum Cocksedge and Susannah Kaczor was as accurate as ever. Yet the H&S partnership brought them to 98 in the 19th over before Seb took 2 more wickets leaving him with 4 wickets for just 5 runs. A wicket in the last over left H&S with a respectable 122 for 7.
Through the tea interval (thank you Suzy) the Foxes could see that 6-an-over was achievable if they kept the scoreboard ticking over. After a solid start, our first wicket fell late in the 2nd over as Tom looked to step up the scoring and was well caught. Having kept beautifully earlier, Gus Hanbury looked untroubled with the bat until he too was caught with the score on 33. This brought George and Seb together and we witnessed some great ball striking in a partnership worth 48 before Seb was bowled. Ed Smith was unlucky to be caught behind in the following over before Finley & George returned the run-rate above the 6-per over needed.
All was looking promising for GCC U13 Foxes and H&S were picked-up by their coach for anticipating an early defeat. Indeed, full credit to Steve Isaac (H&S Coach) for that and for the on-field dental treatment of one of his team! So, when George's wicket fell in the 16th over with the score on 99 we felt there was still plenty of batting to come.
Some poor calling, left Callum stranded in the following over before Finley redeemed himself with two boundaries to settle the nerves. Susannah struck a magnificent off-drive which looked destined for the boundary before the bowler stuck out and hand to take her wicket.
With 11 needs from the last 2 overs, the match still looked evenly poised but H&S had saved two of their better bowlers and Charlotte Naughty (3 N.O) and Finley (14 N.O.) struggled to get them away leaving us just 6 runs short.
A disappointing result but plenty to be positive about. Interestingly, both teams scored the same number of runs with the bat and the difference was in the number of wides/no balls bowled. Some focus for next week's training methinks!
My thanks to Zara (scorebook) and Tony (scoreboard).
We have a Dutch Touring side with us for training and some friendly matches on Friday 26 May and we will be concluding training with a social evening (BBQ/Bar etc) so do please come and join in. More details to follow.
We look forward to our next U13 Foxes Two Counties League match is at home (Grayshott Main) to Hambledon on Sunday 4 June.