The club’s Under-13s were in action at Sidmouth on Monday night and team coach/manager Chris Piper reports:
Bradninch U13s turned up at the Fortfield in Sidmouth, with a strong, motivated team. All that was missing was the balmy, sunny evening that the Met Office had promised! Captain, James Harris, won the toss and decided to put Sidmouth in to bat. As one might expect, Sidmouth has strong sides at all age levels and there were certainly a handful of very talented players, including two Devon juniors, that our far less experienced boys had to deal with.
Both openers were sent back to the Pavilion fairly cheaply – with Peter Smith taking his first wicket for the under 13s and Ryan Hill showing that he is going to make a fine bowler. He took the other two wickets to fall in SIdmouth’s 109-3 (their number three having to retire at 33).
As has always been the case, Bradninch’s fielding was tight and energetic. James Harris used nine bowlers, making sure that everyone was involved as much as possible. James bowled 4 overs for just 16 runs and Ryan Hill returned figures 2 for 17 off 3 overs. Sam Leathes (2 overs for 5 runs) and Charlie Piper (3 overs for 10 runs) also bowled some miserly overs.
As it turned out, Bradninch’s undoing was to be the number of extras that we gave away (35 out of a total of 109).
We are very lucky to have a quality opening pair and Charlie Putt and Sam Leathes opened with some fine shots and some excellent running between the wickets. Indeed, the team’s running has become a whole lot better in the past month or so and it would be safe to say that it was generally better than Sidmouth’s.
Charlie Putt made a fluent 12 runs whilst Sam Leathes was the dominant force, having to retire on 31 runs. Decent contributions were also made by Riley Burgess, James Harris and Ryan Hill. So, by the time stumps were drawn, Bradninch had clocked up 82 for five, leaving them 28 runs short.
What this match has clearly shown is that Bradninch Under 13s have made huge strides of improvement since the beginning of the season, something that shows the worth and success of Dave Bunker’s Friday evening training sessions.
Dave has a great squad of coaches with him, in the form of Cameron, “Dave the Argie”, and Nat Hunt (with Vinny ably helping as well). Combine this with the new cricket nets and it is little wonder that things are moving ahead so well. Most important of all, is the enthusiasm and enjoyment that everyone on the Under 13’s squad is showing.
Once again, thanks ever so much to all those parents who take the time and trouble to ferry the boys around – and a very big thank you to Bill Leathes for scoring. If there is one thing that shows the humanity and underlying success of Bradninch CC, it is the fact that our umpire was none other than fifteen year-old Joe Nisbet. There can’t be many cricket clubs who can say that they have a fifteen year-old who is giving up his free time to come and help the younger age groups. Very impressive!
Our next match is against Axminster (HOME) next Monday, 13th June. I will be starting the team selection and organising very soon!
Thanks to everyone for their help.