Junior Match Reports
U13's v's Poynton. Sunday 5th May.
Joe Clarke (C & Wk)
Was a slightly damp start to the morning but by 9:30 we were all clear and ready to go. Poynton won the toss and chose to field first. Zach Ashley and Jack Murphy opened the batting and both put in really good performances, seeing out the opening bowlers. This was followed by a good batting performance by the whole team with us finishing on 112-8
Poynton it was clear to see had some big hitters from the start of their batting innings but with some great opening bowling from Jack Murphy and Josh Ireton we were managing to subdue them. Joe Clarke was having a solid performance behind the stumps as were the rest of the field in their positions. Louis Grundy and Ewan Cochrane came in for the next spell and both managed to get wickets under a lot of good batting pressure and we had an over each from Callum Lambert and Zach Ashley who both took a wicket!
Poynton won by the last ball of the 18th over but we were not dissapointed as we put in a mighty fielding performance, I believe better than our opposition managed.
Everybody was brave and played their part, with Ben Guiver on his debut making some fantastic stops at Deep Fine Leg which would have earned him man of the match on any other day. Callum Lambert though also had a solid performance at Mid Wicket and towards the end of the innings put in an absolutely outstanding catch to keep our hopes alive. I heared the batsman muttering "how did he catch that!!" which is praise indeed.
So well done Callum Lambert for earning man of the match and well done the rest of you guys for putting in a great performance.
A quick thank you to Ray Cochrane for umpiring and Mike Slim for scoring. Also Mary and Elizabeth and everyone else who helped out in the clubhouse, and as always, all the parents for their support.
Bring on the next match boys!!!
U13's vs Stockport Georgians away 12/05/2013
Zach Ashley (wk)
Ewan Cochrane (c)
The rain managed to stay away for this morning though it was a cold, windy, overcast day. We won the toss and elected to field first.
Stockport Georgians are a very good quality side and we knew we had our work cut out from the start. We went for Jack and Josh to open the bowling for us once again after an impressive performance in the first match. They didn't let us down and were unlucky not to get a reward for their efforts in the opening spell.
Ewan and Callum came in for the second spell, but once again, with some great bowling, we didn't manage to break the ice!
We thought we would try and mix it up a bit and had three great overs from Tom and Joe and another two from Henry. Joe broke the ice with a great catch behind by Zach, followed by a great wicket from Henry and finally another great wicket from Joe, who for some reason wasn't too keen to bowl at first. Well done Joe lol.
Batting started once again with our two rocks, Zach and Jack opening for us. Once again they did a great job but under a lot of pressure, Zach was caught at point. Jack went on with Josh who scored some very quick runs with three boundries but unfortunately, Josh was run out chasing the Georgians high total and Jack was later caught and bowled.
We were all out fairly quickly with the opposition's wicket keeper taking some sharp stumpings. The lads gave it their very best though and I was proud of them all. They never let their heads go down throughout the morning and battled on to the very end.
Stockport Georgians won the game.
Man of the match for us was Joe Clarke for some solid batting and a great couple of wickets. Well done to Ewan who was captain for the match and well done to all the team for another fine fielding performance. We know we need to work hard in the nets now!!
Thanks to Phil and Jane for doing the scoring, Darren for umpiring and once again, all the parents for their continued support.
Next game is Marple at home. Bring It On Boys!!!!!!!
U13's vs Marple (home) 19/05/2013
Jack Murphy (c)
Zach Ashley (wk)
The pitch was still a little damp though the sun was having a good go at shining. Marple won the toss and we were quite happy that they elected to bat first as the outfield was still quite slow.
Jack Murphy took an early wicket and Louis Grundy put in a solid couple of overs for the start of our session. We the turned to Joe and Callum who both bowled a couple of very useful overs. Fielding has always been a strong point of the team and as always the lads were brave and put in a solid performance with Mathew Cox playing well at deep fine leg and also a very good performance by Joe and Louis. Joe clarke started his second spell with a great "caught and bowled" and later in the morning Tom and Henry bowled good spells with Tom taking a great wicket.
Marple finished on 137/4 with two batsman retiring. This was a definate chance of a win for us and the lads were all keen to have a go.
Zach and Jack were first up with the bat again and really came under fire with some great bowling by Marple. Zach lost his wicket and was replaced by Callum who had a point to prove! Marple were bowling well though and we lost Callum for 7 and Jack for 10. Louis and Joe had to take the game by the scruff of the neck now as we were falling behind the run rate we needed. The guys both batted fantastically with Joe scoring a mighty 20 and Louis close behind with 17. We couldnt quite get going in the later stages though Henry got a very handy few runs with Ewan and Tom also pitching in.
It was a hard decision today for man of the match with Joe once again giving it his all. I have given it today to Louis Grundy though for some great all round work so well done Louis. Also well done to Jack who was captain today.
We ended up on 95/8
The guys did their very best and we were all a little dissapointed we didn't win the game. Our batting was much better this week though and we know that working on this, keeping down the extras and keeping up the pressure in the field, a win is just around the corner. We all behaved immaculately as usual and I was proud of all of them.
Thanks to Mike for scoring, Phil for doing the score board, Darren for umpiring, Mary and Elizabeth for supplying everyone with nourishment and finally all you parents who cheer the lads on every week.
Our next match is against Hyde (away). I have a really good feeling about this one guys!!!!!