Bradninch U12 report from Dan McCandlish
Under-12s enjoy better weather for enjoyable meeting with Sidbury at Kensham Park
Sunday 19th May was warm for the U12s match at home to Sidbury. This was very welcome given the recent chilly training sessions and I hope this weather entices other cricketers who haven’t realised yet that it’s cricket season. Sidbury batted first and quickly showed that they were keen to take singles and twos whenever possible. However, economical bowling from Gus (an addition for us from Exeter CC) and Rory kept the scoring down.
Sidbury’s confident running between the wickets didn’t go un-noticed by the Bradninch team and two excellent run-outs were taken. Three other wickets were taken; all were clean-bowled by Gus, Henry and Freya, who was playing her first hard-ball match and, like Gus, was also very accurate with her deliveries. There was some excellent fielding by the home team, most notably from Ed who stopped a fiercely struck ball with his shin. Sidbury had some very capable batters however and with three of them retiring having scored their 25 runs they finished on 144.
Sidbury’s bowling at the start was fast and accurate and kept Bradninch’s run-chase in check. Having said that the batters were always on the lookout for singles and kept the scoreboard ticking over.
Derrick had spent time on this at training last Friday and the effect was obvious. Decent defensive shots and the occasional mis-field meant that runs kept coming. Unfortunately, there were two runouts in this innings as well, but these were worth it for the many runs scored by being bold. I think the next challenge is to learn the art of backing up for the non-striker as even more risky runs could have been attempted.
Henry made the shot of the innings with a cheeky sweep that just beat the chasing fielder to the boundary. Gus came on at the end and quickly scored two boundaries before being caught out. Unfortunately, the innings ended with two and a half overs to go so there wasn’t to be a dramatic slog-fest at the finish. Bradninch finished on 92 but gratifyingly all batters contributed to that score.
It was a very enjoyable game of cricket played with a good spirit. Both teams displayed moments of real quality at times and all the players were involved. I’d like to thank Jenni for looking after the refreshments and the washing-up afterwards and John for keeping the scoreboard updated. Also thank you to Alan for preparing the wicket for me.
Interestingly one of Sidbury’s slower bowlers broke stump in taking a wicket. There was a knot in the wood but I’m sure he’ll attribute it to his vicious delivery.