Under-10s making GREAT progress at Bradninch
Three games in quick succession for the BCC Under-10s and here’s the round-up from coach / manager / youth supremo Nat Hunt.
The Bradninch softball teams have played three matches in three days! Manic but fun and apologies for my brief run down, but I’m going away tomorrow and haven’t prepared a thing!!
The first game against Kenn saw a victorious win for Bradninch. We scored 279, Kenn scored 256. Special mentions to new signings George Davey and Fraser Pearce who proved to be fantastic new additions to the squad. Both boys took wickets when bowling and added 22 runs to the total as the final pair to bat. Also, a mention to young Thomas Power for taking a wicket 3 balls into the Kenn innings. All 8 players were fantastic in their different ways and are becoming very able cricketers.
The team was: Jasper Kolowski (capt), Evan Phare, Johnnie Oliver, Edward Coles, Henry Luxton-Keough, Thomas Power, George Davy and Fraser Pearce.
The second game of the weekend was at Exeter County Ground, the home of Exeter CC and a ground where I’m told WG Grace once played! Bradninch beat Exeter 315 runs to 309. Tim and Lautaro went to this game for me and were so impressed with the Bradninch attitude, conduct and effort. Highlights in the field were a great catch from Evan on the boundary, Peter taking 3 wickets and Dexter taking 1. The batting highlights were Evans high scoring 1st over which got the Bradninch innings off to a fantastic start. He and George showed great skills in calling and running. There were great contributions from the other pairs to give our final and youngest pair a chance of reaching the target. Johann scored the shot of the innings by hitting a 6, and Thomas helped by defending against some good pace bowling, to secure the win by 6 runs! I am told that Evans all round contribution makes him the stand out player of the match so well done Evan and very well done Bradninch!
The team was: Mattie Bloomfield (capt), George Davy, Evan Phare, Peter Smith, Dexter McCandish, Johnnie Oliver, Thomas Power and Johann Timperley.
Last but not least, we played a game against Alphington which due to Bradninch rocks saw all but 1 player on their first official outing for Bradninch. We had 3 aged 7, 3 aged 8, 1 aged 10 and borrowed 1 player from Alphington to match up the numbers. This one turned out to be a fairly hefty defeat for Bradninch. Mainly because of extras for wide and the style of game we played. ‘Double chance pairs’ is a good way for younger players to still hit when wides are bowled, but Alphington were much more able to hit the boundary when doing this than our boys and girl. Our players can certainly bat and run well against the on target ball!! Our fielding and sharpness in the field need some more practice. The score was alphington 398 runs to our 286, but it gave our younger players a great experience. Very impressed with the performances of everyone who played, great stuff!
The team was: Jasper Kolowski (capt), Amy Ramsden, Jake Geach, Harley Clark, Thomas Plant, Nat Bishop, Leon Potter.
Thanks to all the parents and helpers. It has been a difficult few days in my managerial experience. I appreciate the support you give and your children are the best!!