U15A v Hook (Friendly)
On a dry but slighly nippy late April Sunday morning, a Cove U15A team depleted by injury and end of season football matches won their warm up match against Hook A. With both teams using the game for differing purposes the result was slightly irrelevant, however it’ was pleasing to see the team put in a solid performance so early in the season and notch up the first win at the first attempt.
The skipper won the toss and inserted the opposition in order to get everyone into the game as early as possible. We were using this game to give match practice to our frontline bowlers and those who hadn’t already made an appearance for the Bs. As such Tom R and Zac were to get 4 overs, with the remaining overs spread between the other bowlers.
Tom and Joseph opened the bowling and were met by the experienced Hook openers who immediately looked to score quickly. Tom however picked up a wicket with his 6th ball and Joe bowled a tight line. The batsman in particular was going aerial and this proved his undoing when Ciaran took a superb diving catch to a high ball from Zac’s bowling. However this wasn’t before an equally good catch from Ben, making an assured A team debut, also from Zac’s bowling. Soon Hook had gone from 37-1 to 59-4 thanks to tight bowling from Zac, Elliot and Adam (who started with a wicket maiden). With strength in depth in the bowling department there was no let up for the batsmen and Wills and Michael also chipped in with a wicket apiece (Wills also unlucky not to get a second when the ball bounced back on the stumps without dislodging the bails). With only 5 wides being bowled in the innings and 2 no balls this was a good display from the bowlers and that is the standard we need to maintain. Hook 102-9 after 20 overs.
Tom R 4-0-24-3
Tom and Joseph opened the batting and did so in a positive but sensible manner, taking the runs when they were there without taking any risks. Exactly what is required when chasing a relatively low target. The task was obviously made easier by Hook adopting the policy of giving everyone a bowl, but it was pleasing to see how those that did bat approached their task. Of the 7 batsmen that batted only 2 got out to wild swings and all showed some maturity which was good to see so early on in the season. With Joseph and Zac out, Chris and Tom put on a nice 25 run partnership with Chris hitting his trade mark clip off the legs in successive balls before being bowled for 12. When Tom went with the score on 89, Cameron and Michael saw us home with a great display of running and backing up which was a textbook display of how to see yourselves through to a target without taking risks. Very impressive chaps!
So, a pleasing performance which demonstrated that there is genuine competition for places. We just need an end to the footy season ASAP!!!
Cameron 7 not out
Michael 5 not out
Adam, Wills, Ciaran & Ben did not bat
U15B v Yateley
A quick match report from yesterday’s first game of the outdoor 2013 season. First things first – it was sunny and warm…!!!
Skipper Chris L won the toss and elected to bat. We set off at a very slow pace as Yateley bowled very tightly and the ball refused to come on to the bat. Chris (1) was out first (correctly) trying to force the pace. Cameron followed shortly after, bowled for 1. Josh and Elliot batted well together before a mix up and lack of calling left Elliot stranded in no-man’s land, run out for 10 (direct hit from the boundary). Debutant Ben (3) entered the fray, but after a couple of good strikes he called an unlikely run, slipped, got up and then ended up at the same end as Josh, who hadn’t moved. Matt (2) came in and, after looking comfortable, was out caught again trying to force the pace. Michael came out and batted very sensibly, and after Josh (4) was eventually out bowled looking for runs, was joined by Adam. At this stage there were only 6 overs left and the score was only on 50. Adam and Michael ran well, but couldn’t get the big hits. Adam was out caught for 4. Oliver F came and went for 3, but supported Michael (8 n.o.) well. Oliver B came in for the last ball only. Lauren wasn’t required. Cove finished their 20 overs for 68 runs, which seemed woefully low.
So, onto the bowling… Elliot and Michael opened and soon had the hosts in trouble, with Michael bowling a maiden and Elliot scattering the stumps of Yateley’s opener. The tight bowling continued with Lauren (2-0-7-0) and Adam (2-0-6-0) giving nothing away. Matt R, debutant number 2, immediately made an impact, getting his first wicket (caught Adam) with his second ball and bowling their number 4 with his third ball. He finished with great figures of 3-1-8-2. Oliver F bowled tidily (2-0-7-0) as did Josh M (2-0-8-0). As Yateley struggled to get their runs, and got behind the Cove run rate, they looked for an opportunity to score quickly and unfortunately Oliver B got on receiving end, his over going for 13. Chris, who had captained well throughout, brought Michael (3-1-3-0) and Elliot (3-0-16-1) back, but Yateley got home in the 17th over. Cameron was nice and tidy behind the stumps, concentrating well for his first 20 over game behind the sticks.
A really great bowling and fielding performance from Cove to make Yateley work hard for the runs. A loss, but if we had played to win only (as Yateley had done, using only their best bowlers), we could have won, but several would not have got a game. That’s not the ethos of the B’s. Well done all
All the stats are on the play-cricket site.