The BCC Under-11s have merged with Exeter CC – the city club has a lot of players in the age group and the situation suits both parties – and the new-look team enjoyed back-to-back successes in meeting with Honiton and Whimple, the latter game going down to the final delivery of an enthralling contest, writes Nat Hunt.
In the game against Honiton at their Mountbatten Park home, the hosts batted first and Bradninch did a remarkable job in the field to keep them down to only 36 runs off the bat. Unfortunately, there were a fair number of wide balls, which meant that Honiton ended up with 78 runs. Despite this, all the bowlers did well, with particular mentions to Beau Piggott-Gill (3-3-3) which included 1 maiden and 1 wicket maiden! Also Mattie Bloomfield (0-3-2), Dexter McCandlish (0-7-2) and Noah Lovedale (0-10-3) also did their bit to keep the home team’s run count to a minimum.
When it came to Bradninch’s turn with the bat, it was all over with 8 overs still to go, as our no 2 and 3 batsmen (Ollie Adams and Jamie McMurray) managed to rack up scores of 20 not out and 35 retired not out. With the 25 extras and a couple of runs from Harry Bryant in his first hardball outing, Bradninch reached 82 runs in no time at all! End result, Bradninch win by 9 wickets!
The Under-11s were back in action at Whimple where ‘Ninch lost the toss and were put in to bat first. Whimple didn’t make it easy for them but there were steady runs being picked up with some good calling and running between the wickets led by Matthew Roberts (10). Wickets fell quickly in the 8th, 9th, 11th and 12th over however but when Rory Cooper-Smith then came to bat, he did a managed to steady the middle order and hit the boundary 4 times, ending up with 29 not out! Bradninch had to defend a score of 90 for 5.
What happened next can best be described as a bowling masterclass! In particular, Jaiden Kaushal (3-10-3), and maiden overs from Dexter McCandlish and Matthew Roberts, the latter also taking a wicket along with Conrad McCandlish, Rory Cooper-Smith and Peter Smith’s 2. Of the 8 wickets, 6 were bowled which at this age group is fantastic! Bradninch and Whimple were almost over for over on the same score, and so the final couple of overs were extremely tense. Bradninch became very nervous and started making a few minor fielding errors, resulting in a few over throws. It came down to the last ball where Whimple needed a 4 to draw the score, they only managed to get 2 runs however and so Bradninch won by 2 runs. The next round of the cup sees us face Topsham at a date to be announced.