Broxbourne welcomed us to their bottom pitch on a sunny but very windy early May afternoon; the chances of playing into a fine warm evening weren’t looking good at all! Meanwhile, skipper Dan lost the toss and we were asked to bat first.
Spencer and Kobie opened the batting, with both boys looking in confident form, the latter finding the boundary on a couple of occasions through some lovely stroke play before being run out with a sharp fielding counter-attack by the opposition.
Ollie made an encouraging start but found himself caught at mid-off attempting to drive over the top.
Jack, too, carried on his recent form by scoring off each of his first five deliveries including a couple of consecutive boundaries but he, too, fell prematurely, caught trying to cut past point, with the score deep into the 70s in the 12th.
Spencer, meanwhile, was enjoying himself at the other end, dispatching a couple of mahoosive sixes, one over the bowler’s head and another over square leg.
Dan couldn’t resist joining the party, driving and cutting half-a-dozen boundaries in almost as many balls, and both boys soon retired with the score well into three figures.
Cal, Freddie and Josh all made useful contributions, Freddie perhaps enjoying the best of the momentum, finding the middle of his bat for three enjoyable boundaries. We closed on 147-4 after 20 overs. A very competitive score, even by IPL standards (well, almost!).
After a brief interlude and, with the wind continuing to howl about our ears, it was time to defend a hard-earned score.
Skipper Dan asked Cal and Jack to open the seam attack, with both boys in good form of late. And it didn’t take Jack long to deliver, striking in his first over (caught Ollie – another to add to his growing tally!).
Both openers continued in the strong cross wind, Broxbourne struggling to make significant inroads to their run chase.
Jack then dealt a second blow, splattering the bails to all parts as their remaining opener failed to keep out a very fine delivery.
Off-spinner Nav and Freddie were first change. Both boys continued to restrict Broxbourne to scoring less than six-an-over, assisted by the now-established high level of pressure-building fielding right across the team.
Charlie, again, was exceptional behind the stumps; a difficult enough responsibility in ideal conditions but very tricky with the wind swirling across the pitch.
With Broxbourne needing an unlikely 60-or-so runs in the last five overs, Dan tightened-up the field and brought on Kobie and Ollie to continue applying the pressure.
Both boys bowled very tightly indeed, conceding just 13 runs in their four overs, along with Kobie clean-bowling their No.4 batsman with the last ball of his second over.
Debutante Will couldn’t have asked for a better start to his medium-pace under-12 seam career, despatching Broxbourne’s danger man (for a very well-earned 24 runs) to the shed with his second delivery in the final over. Broxbourne closed on 102-4 from their 20 overs.
A smashing result boys, under particularly difficult conditions with that chilly gale swirling across the pitch. Another excellent fielding display successfully defended a very strong batting performance today, so well done. It really is great to watch!