Report by U12 coach Dan McCandlish
Bradninch Under-12s hosted Honiton for their season’s opening feature on Sunday morning.
With both teams having eight players available for the meeting it was agreed that playing a pairs match was the appropriate format to adopt.
It was certainly a ‘baptism of fire’ for many of the Bradninch lads, who are actually at Under-11 age level, were set for their first ever hardball match!
Starting on 100, the Bradninch openers were stifled by efficient Honiton bowlers. The middle-order played some expansive shots though, most notably George who scored the inning’s only boundary.
Unfortunately, though, the accurate bowling and some effective fielding meant that wickets tumbled.
As five runs are subtracted from the score for each wicket this was significant and so the score went south!
Rory and Eloise steadied things at the end with some classy stroke-play. Bradninch finished on 96.
It is also fair to report that ‘better backing-up and running between the wickets’ could probably have gained the team an extra 20 runs!
However, that said, that is something that can be worked on at Friday night coaching sessions and is something that can be improved as the players learn the advantages of balancing risks well.
Honiton’s batters got better as their innings progressed and they managed to keep the score ticking over well and, as a result, at the close of their turn with the bat they had mustered a score of 155.
The Bradninch bowlers did very well though and managed to take four wickets. There was also a sharp run-out with ‘first-time keeper’ Conrad involved!
Some runs were lost through the early part of his steep learning curve, but his improvement was noticeable.
George was the most on-target bowler with four wickets, but Rory was the tidiest only conceding just five runs in his three-over spell.
Tom’s wicket, claimed with only the second delivery faced by Honiton, provided a real boost for the home team.
The bowling was, I think, Bradninch’s highlight as there was some good accuracy throughout.
All in all, it was a good morning’s cricket, played in a positive manner and under clear skies.
Thank you to Simon [Glendinning] for showing me where everything is. I am a novice at this, so it was great to have him there.