Bradninch Under-10s travelled to Clyst St George for a softball pairs game and what a game it turned out to be, writes Nat Hunt.
Bradninch won the toss and chose to field first. The home side started with the usual tally of 200, but then faced some fantastic Ninch bowling and support fielding that meant they closed on a score of 210! Wickets were taken by George (2), Eloise (2), Thomas (2), Harry (2), Harley and Conrad. Bradninch were quick in the field and a nice little catch from Fraser also saw the team keep the home teams run score down to only 10 (-5 is deducted for each wicket).
When Ninch batted, George and Fraser started things off with a boundary off the very first ball! They scored 6 boundaries between them and in their 4 overs had only 1 dot ball, but lost a couple of wickets due to being so keen to score as many runs as they possibly could. Eloise and Harley came in to bat next and picked up a steady rate of singles and protected their wicket very well indeed.
We saw some lovely shots from these two that could have gone for more runs had Clyst not have been so quick in the field! Daniel and Thomas came in next and on Daniel’s first game he was well supported by Thomas who helped Daniel with the calling and running that he hasn’t practiced before. They had to face some very tricky bowling, but managed to pick up a good number of singles, one two and Thomas hit a lovely boundary also.
Last in were Harry and Conrad who managed to add 38 runs to the total in their 4 overs, including 4 boundaries and no wickets! The final result was Bradninch won by 68 runs with a total of 278!
I can’t pick a star player, because every one of them was fantastic today and did everything I asked of them. Comedy moment of the day was when a particular non striker batsman (Harley) was using his bat as a broomstick whilst waiting for the ball to be bowled! Being the youngest on the team who stepped in at the last minute to fill an unexpected gap, we’ll let him off!
Bradninch Colts’ head coach Nat Hunt said:
“Well done my teams! You make me very proud to be working with you all! Thank-you, to all the parents for allowing your lovely children to participate and to those who are supporting me during this busy time, It means a great deal. Any help that can be offered will be more useful than you may realise!”