Report by Dan McCandlish
Bradninch U12s hosted Culmstock on Sunday. The brooding skies and ominous weather forecast nearly scuppered the fixture but since very little would happen if we stayed indoors when it rains, we decided to go ahead anyway.
Culmstock were flush with players so they donated two to Bradninch for a 10-a-side match.
Bradninch batted first and started very well with Ben and Rory piling on the runs. The Culmstock fielders were kept busy as lots of good singles were sneaked.
The rain came and went repeatedly, and this made it difficult for some of the bowlers with the ball getting wet. Rory was out caught behind for a very useful 22.
Ben stayed in for most of the innings and was disappointed not to quite make the retiring-at-30 landmark, being bowled on 25.
The remaining batters didn’t trouble the scorers very much and the innings finished on 84-7. Bizarrely one of the stumps broke again just like during the last match.
After the interval spent guzzling biscuits and squash, the Culmstock openers took the field.
Rufus (on loan from Exeter) clean bowled one of them with the second ball of the innings. Conrad was bowling at the other end and whilst expensive managed to get the other opener lbw with a plum delivery.
Culmstock’s number 3 however was a different prospect and he smashed the ball about, eventually retiring having scored six fours amongst his 31.
Rory and Lucas each got a wicket and Rory also managed a run out from his position behind the stumps.
There was excellent fielding, from Gabes in particular, who was very lively in saving boundaries. In the end though, with a much higher run-rate, Culmstock hit the winning runs at the end of the 13th over finishing on 85-5.
Many thanks to Jenni for helping with the refreshments again and to Nat for making sure everything happened smoothly.