U15s report from Chris Piper
Bradninch U15s claim superb success at the Fortfield home of Sidmouth
The Bradninch Under-15s played their first league match of the season, against a strong Sidmouth side and came away with an excellent victory, winning by four wickets, with two and a half overs to spare!
Although not quite 100 percent ‘Boy’s Own’ stuff, it wasn’t far off it! James Harris, the captain for this match, chose, somewhat unusually, to field but his edgy decision proved well-founded!
On a bright, fresh Sidmouth evening, with the sea glimmering in the background, Tom Hatton and Ennis MacKenzie opened up with a fine spell of bowling, largely neutralising the Sidmouth top-order.
Sidmouth’s Miles Lewis batted with flair (and some risk) for an excellent 50 and was really the only stand-out performer for the opposition. The Sidmouth captain, Ben Fisher, probably batted too low down the order, as he’s a very accomplished batsman and made 17 not out.
Tom Hatton’s three wickets for 10 miserly runs, off four splendid overs, was the bowling highlight, but he was well supported by Ennis Mackenzie (1 wicket) and the Machin brothers.
Rob Machin took a very useful wicket towards the end of the Sidmouth innings, whilst his brother Will, bowled accurately as well.
There was some decent bowling from James Harris and Charlie Piper, which kept the Sidmouth batsmen in check.
If we had been a bit tighter in terms of wides and no balls, the extras would have been considerably less, but our fielding was really outstanding and played an important part in keeping the Sidmouth score under 150. A special mention must go to Alfie Luxton-Keough for his wicket-keeping. He has proved to be a real asset to the team and is making this position his own.
Batting second in May is a risky business, as the light becomes somewhat challenging.
Tom Hatton and Ennis Mackenzie opened the proceedings, but Ennis was bowled by the diminutive Ben Fisher for two runs.
The next three batsmen successfully kept Tom Hatton company while he plundered 55 runs, before he had to retire.
Whilst Tom provided the backbone of our innings, the rest of the batsmen really stepped up to the plate.
Charlie Piper, back from his mountain-biking injury, showed that he could still time the ball, Will Bentley chiselled away like Geoffrey Boycott, the Brothers Machin showed their real potential and the old-timers of the team, James Harris and Alfie Luxton-Keough, remained not out at the end, knocking off the runs needed with extraordinary ease, despite the fact that, at the end, the lights on the scoreboard were shining out like spotlights!
This was a great team effort and the Bradninch Boys should be very proud of themselves.
As always, a very big thank you to Roy and Linda Abbott for their support and off-field management (i.e. – that important match night task of collecting money!)
It was good to see the Bentleys (plus dog!) as well. I think we even saw Mrs P, somewhere on the side lines as well!
Don’t forget training tonight [Friday] U15 from 7pm until 8pm. This is definitely working, as the running between the wickets has become so much better. Thanks coaches!
Last, but most certainly not least, ‘many thanks for everyone’s support and help – it really is much appreciated. Chris