Here’s a match report from our Under-13s – written by Chris Piper
Wednesday evening’s under 13’s match against Alphington was always going to be a bit of a challenge, as the opposition tend to field a ‘weighted’ side with one or two decent Devon County players. Bradninch like sunshine and a bar and neither were on offer last night. The sun-drenched wickets of the past couple of weeks were put to one side; Alphington’s ground is just on the edge of Marsh Barton and the easterly wine kept us all on our toes!
Anyway, to the cricket. Charlie Piper lost the toss and Alphington strode in to bat with purpose. Although their openers, Ruben Liu and Ollie Amos went cheaply (their wickets were taken by James Harris and Peter Smith), captain Katy Baylis and Freddie Burnard put on 52 excellent runs for the third wicket. Burnard retired on 30 and Katy Baylis was well caught and bowled by Callum Abbott. James Harris continued with a really decent spell (2-15 off 4 overs) by taking the important wicket of Bay Gorrod. Isabelle Baylis and Jag-Dev Singh finished off the 20 overs in style, remaining not out, leaving the Alphington total on 137 after 20 overs. We bowled seven bowlers, not all of them coming off as they can do.
Bradninch came in (following a bit of cake and squash!) and Alfie Luxton-Keough showed his real potential as a batsman, striking some excellent shots in quick-fire 18, before he was run out. Peter Smith and Conrad McCandlish kept him company for a while but it was Joe Hartley, who persevered at the number 4 slot, keeping the lid on things. Although Joe only made 7 runs, they were invaluable, keeping the innings together, with George Davy (run out) and Charlie Piper (2) going cheaply. As is so often the case, James Harris came in and stayed in for a brutal 30 runs, before he had to retire. Callum Abbott fought well for his 7 runs but the overs ran out and Bradninch were 24 runs shy of Alphington’s score at the close.
We played well and are definitely a very coherent side these days. As with some many instances in sport, all we need is for everyone to perform well together on the day and we are certainly unbeatable. We go to Axminster on Sunday with a very strong side and let’s hope that everything gels, in the sunshine of Axminster. Again, thanks to all parents who drove, collected money and kept things in order. Without you, this sort of cricket match just isn’t possible.