Report by Nat Hunt
The U10s played their third game of the season v Cully at home on Monday 20th May. Bradninch were inundated with players who wanted to play, so we had a large team of youngsters, some as young as 8 taking part in the game.
The East Devon Youth League have asked us to get as many youngsters playing games as possible and so I did just that and put on a separate practice game at the same time.
Bradninch batted first and really struggled to score runs at their home game, but when they were alert, they were able to take runs off the Cullompton wide deliveries to improve their total.
Freya and Gabriel managed to score a couple of boundaries and lost no wickets, as did Alice and Gabi. Lottie and Amy ran well between the wickets, running up the byes when they could.
Bradninch’s bowling was once again improved on their performance the day before at Thorverton. Only 38 extras this time, none of which were byes which demonstrates how much better they all were while keeping wicket.
Beth took 2 wickets for only 2 runs; Freya took 2 wickets for 4 runs. These were both catches by her younger sister Alice, and Daniel who held a great catch on the last ball of the game.
Alice took a wicket of her own, as did Joe and Lottie (playing in their first and second game respectively). The Bradninch bowling overall was on target and therefore Cullompton were able to hit well, get the ball away and score more runs.
The Bradninch field kept their concentration up much better throughout this game, partly helped by the organisational rotation system we had going on with our extra players — who were kept alert and entertained by Vinny, who had also led the practice session during our batting innings.
Big thanks to Vinny for being a tremendous help, and my hubby Tim for scoring. Also, thanks to Kate and husband for helping with refreshments at the break.
A very enjoyable evening with a smashing bunch of children ❤️ …playing straight shots was the focus for Friday training 😊
Cullompton won by 13 runs.