On a glorious evening at Hunter Park, Twyford hosted St Cross C Under 9’s in a rearranged game. History was made with this the first time an under 9’s team had played a competitive match at Hunter Park. Thanks to John Darlington for getting the game on. Captain George lost the toss and St Cross elected to bowl first. Twyford had Samuel making his debut

The evening was set fair and St Cross looked lively as the first ball was bowled to Harry, who launched it for 6. A huge cheer from the home support and the fielding side sensed a lot of chasing. To be fair to St Cross, the bowling was excellent and straight, probably the best we have seen this year. George and Harry continued to score well throughout rattling up 13 not out for both. Robert and Victor continued with the runs, Robert striking two lovely 4’s whilst Victor defended some excellent bowling. Oliver and Rohan batted competently retaining their wickets and set up Eddie and Freddie to continue their excellent season form. Freddie looked comfortable for his 4 quick singles whilst Eddie launched the bowlers to all parts ending 17 not out. All that remained was Anthony and Samuel to bring  the inning to an end. One unfortunate run out, but Samuel looked at ease against good bowling ending on 8, with Anthony ending on 4 not out having only faced 6 balls. Final score 286 for the loss of 2 wickets. Of the 96 runs, only 18 were from wides with some good shots from Twyford and excellent bowling from St Cross.

Thanks to Claire for providing drinks and snacks for all, and Twyford had a quick team talk to focus the minds on good straight bowling and alertness in the field.

George opened the bowling and kept the batsman quiet, quickly followed by Harry. The lack of runs caused panic and St Cross set off for a quick run and Victor took off the bails for the first wicket. A nice tight over from Robert and then Harry again caused chaos and another run out with Harry completing the bail removal. After one batting pair, the score remained on 200. More importantly, only 2 wides from 4 overs.

Rohan then bowled a beautiful over, having the batsmen in all sorts of trouble and again – no wides. Freddie and Victor continued the pressure and with the required run rate increasing, St Cross were taking chances. Oliver joined the attack along with Eddie and at the half way stage, St Cross were 230 for the loss of 2 wickets including 11 wides. Now 11 wides for Twyford is brilliant and the boys should be congratulated, but there was a sense that the game could be lost if the team didn’t tighten up further.

Anthony bowled superb and expertly ran out the St Cross batsman. Harry then bowled again, conceding 1 run and no wides. Eddie came into the action and took a Wicket maiden, with a great caught and bowled. Anthony bowled straight and true. Twyford went 8 overs bowling 1 wide, and the pressure was beginning to tell on St Cross. Samuel on debut bowled well, and with the St Cross batsman opening up, Freddie took a great catch presenting Samuel with a debut wicket. George came back into the action and took a wicket straight away, Robert then took another run out after superb fielding by Samuel, and George finished the last over with a great caught and bowled. St Cross were finished on 231 for the loss of 8 wickets, and the win was complete.

Captain George completed affairs by wishing St Cross well.

Thank you to Joe for scoring, and to Marc for umpiring and pitch setup. It does help to have volunteers, like myself, to share the burden so will look for others in the coming weeks. And to Billy and Dave for helping at the end also.

The team performance throughout was brilliant, and difficult to pick a man of the match. 5 Bowlers did not bowl a single wide which I think is excellent. But Samuel on debut impressed with his positive attitude, concentration, nice batting, wicket with his bowling and all round contribution – Well Done, a star for the future.

Jay was in attendance and commented on how well everyone had played, and how lovely it is to see the hard work on Fridays by each and every one of you coming together in an all-round performance like tonight. You should all be very proud of yourselves.

Chris Deakin, Under 9s manager


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