For the last match of the season the U13 Foxes travelled down to the south coast for an away match at Sarisbury. The team consisted of a mix of U10’s,11’s,12’s & 13’s but the opposition also had several younger players. The toss was won by the Foxes and it was decided to try batting first again, hoping it would be 3rd time lucky for the top order.
Cameron W joined Henry G in the middle and initially the omens did not look good as Henry G managed to play around/over a full ball and had his bails dislodged. Lucas H joined Cameron in the middle and the pair soon settled the nerves to with some fluent batting.
Cameron was particularly impressive dispatching the ball regularly to the boundary and racing to a retirement score of 35 off 24 balls. Lucas H wasn’t far behind retiring on 39 of 29 balls. While Scott M didn’t trouble the scorer too much playing on for 6, George B and Archie P, an U11 playing his first innings for the Foxes, kept the score racing on with George B managing his first retirement of the for 36. Archie P remained 32 not out at the end and the U10 Ned Field showed good promise facing off the returning opening bowlers and being bowled off the last ball for 5 going for a big shot to finish in style. The Foxes finished on 184, an impressive score that was surely out of reach to the opposition.
On taking to the field the Foxes plan was to open up with the usual openers to ensure there has no surprises and then give the youngsters a good bowl. George B & Scott M both bowled 2 overs for 5 runs with Scott M taking a wicket. Then Dexter J and Ned F both bowled 4 good overs each keeping control of the scoring rate and Ned taking 2 wickets, one bowled and one courteously of a catch by Henry G. Toby W then bowled 3 overs for only 9 runs showing the improvement he has made this season. Then the usual bowlers finished off the overs with Lucas H taking a wicket with his first ball and Cameron W claiming 2 wickets - the last one a brilliant off cutter that totally deceived the batsman to knock back the off stump. The innings closed on 86 for 5, a comfortable win for the Foxes with the younger players playing full part in the victory.
So, the Foxes end the season with 6 wins, 1 tie and 3 defeats which will be a 3rd or 4th place finish in a competitive league. The last match was fairly representative of the whole season where the Foxes regularly failed to field their strongest side which was needed to compete with the strongest teams in the league. However, this has meant that several younger boys have been given the opportunity to play up and without exception they all rose to the challenge which will only make them better players. A special thank you must go to Anita Martin for all her scoring duties and all the other coaches that have helped in training & getting the sides out over the last few weeks.