|29/01||ECC Summer Ball 2013|
|U11 v GWR - Away|
|South Area Cup semi-Final|
|Ealing won in a bowlout|
Ealing through to the South Area Cup final
On a wet and dreary afternoon, Ealing narrowly defeated GWR in a bowl out in the semi-final of the South Area Cup "played" atTrailfinders on Monday, 2 July 2012.
The boys and parents turned up all ready to take on GWR but little did they realise what was to follow. A nail biting bowl out between 10 players from each team.
Ealing won the toss and elected to start the bowl out with Riyan Ruparelia stepping forward and hitting the middle stump with a perfect straight ball. The next few balls bowled by the Ealing boys were perfectly in the "corridor of uncertainty" but was of course no good for this purpose. GWR struck back with a wicket of their own. It was now down to Ealing's 10th bowler, Tomek Tsang, who being the competitor that he is, did not let his side down and hit the wicket. Ealing was now ahead with GWR's last bowler, Aleksander P Miller (you may know him from Durston/Ealing Rugby) , standing between them and a cup final and you guessed it, he hit the stumps.
There followed a long discussion between the coaches of what should be done next - sudden death, a truncated 10 over match (it had stopped raining) or another bowl out by the same 10 players. Eventually, after much discussion it was decided that there should be a repeat of the bowl out in the same order !
Riyan did not let his side down, once again hitting the stumps but miraculously, the law of gravity was defied and the bails did not budge ! GWR went into the lead striking the stumps first but this was nullified by a perfect Lucas Brathwaite ball. GWR struck back again and were in the lead for a second time. With 7 balls completed, tension was high when Henry Ritche came steaming in and delivered with a straight fast ball shattering the stumps. The scores were level again. Nails were being chewed when a confident but naturally tense Tom Steene delivered for the team with an excellent straight ball and Ealing were ahead. GWR thankfully did not come back and Ealing were through by the thinnest of margins.
Not sure who we are playing and when but it’s onwards and upwards to the final which I understand will be played at Ealing
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