Many congratulations to this group of boys who produced a strong and accomplished performance yesterday against Carlton. Having narrowly lost to the same team a few weeks ago, albeit at the weekend with one or two players missing, we turned the tables and won by 8 wickets.
We set up the victory with an excellent performance in the field. We bowled straight and full, restricting their batsmen and women to few runs. Our encouraging chat was constant and kept everybody energised and focused. Their captain, a very fine young cricketer, hit a glorious 49 not out, and helped his team gain a respectable total of 125 runs. Everyone bowled well, but a particular mention to Ned who picked up three wickets in one over. Jack A took a great stumping towards the end and Edward caught two catches, sitters but they can still test, off terrific bowling from Leo and Rory.
We reached our target of 126 with 5 overs to spare. Glen started us off very well, hitting 19 runs of 7 bowls before hitting out to a lovely in-swinger that should have been nudged for a single into the covers. Jack A and Rory developed a good partnership together, putting on 53 runs between them and looking increasingly confident at the crease. Jack was hit by a bouncer on the thigh, which unsettled him a little, causing him to hit out a bit, leading to him being caught behind. That was the last wicket that fell. Rory, Seb, Edward and Max all came on and hit runs and we retired them to give others a shot. Jack S finally stayed on with his new bat and didn’t run himself out, which was a relief all round.
A very encouraging performance today, boys. Huge progress, increasing confidence and lots of enjoyment. Well done