South Hampstead CC 240/6 vs. Ealing CC 255/7 (20 Overs)
10 players a side
Score starts at 200
Lose 5 runs for each wicket
Each pair bats for 4 overs
Scorer – Steven Brooke
Wicket Keepers: Jamie/Paul
Support: All the Parents :)
Another fine day for cricket this time down to South Hampstead (SHCC) Cricket Club vs. Ealing Cricket Club (ECC).
Aidan B was the captain and won the toss and elected to bowl. We had a number of players who played for the first time today all of whom were keen to get the game started. When i arrived i was advised the majority of the boys were already in the nets, practising and warming up! Good to see the level of commitments of both parents and the boys …
After a quick team chat and with Aidan B rallying the troops, it was time to get into our fielding positions. Paul and Silas kicked off the bowling and this started well with Paul picking up a couple of early wickets with one clean bowled and the other a good run-out. It was good to hear both Aidan B, Zachary and Paul encouraging the fielders to walk in as the bowlers started their run ins, they have clearly been listening to the drills on a Friday night.
Zachary and Tanush were next up and though there were a number of extras bowled, the run was still being managed to a minimum. Conleth and Jamie next, again a number of unnecessary extras given away however Jamie struck in both his overs, clean bowling and finishing with some excellent figures. Lucas and Indi maintained the pressure and Aidan and Kiran finishing it off. Kiran finished with a flurry in his overs with both a clean bowl and a good run-out! SHCC finished on 240/6
ECC were keen to get started but Paul was very unfortunate to be bowled out on the very first ball. This did not phase Paul or ECC and it wasn’t until another seven overs when SHCC were able to strike again. There were an increasing number of extras that were given away by the opposition and this made it difficult for the ECC boys to play against, very frustrating. Our first boundary didn’t come until Lucas came in but by that stage we were already ahead of the target set. However, in the last couple of overs, SHCC were able to clean strike three times, SHCC could smell blood and a huge amount of support from both parents seemed to lift the sides. Fortunately for ECC, Aidan was on fine form and was able to hook a couple of fours and nick a few more runs with Kiran.
Making sure we are running into the crease with our bats down continues to be an issue, however the coming together of the team was excellent to watch even as an umpire.