Another great performance from the U11s at Bishops Waltham to follow up their victory at St Cross. This time we played pairs cricket with the hard ball and both sides had a full 11 players.
Twyford were excellently captained by Ewan Macbride who won the toss and put Bishops Waltham into bat. Ewan then opened the bowling and set the tone for the day by taking a wicket with his 2nd ball. The bowling was of a really high standard throughout, with Twyford taking 6 wickets in total. Particular highlights were Ben Marshall’s excellent catch from his own ball in the 8th over and Thomas Snowdon’s lovely catch in the covers off Matt Cassar’s bowling. Caspar Kwiatkowski and Marcus Cloke-Browne also took some very nice wickets. Overall, Twyford fielded excellently and restricted Bishops Waltham to a final total of 234 [bearing in mind the pairs starting-score of 200].
Ewan and Matt opened the batting and got off to a nice start. Ewan was bowled by an excellent ball in the 3rd over and Matt was run out by some fantastically quick and accurate fielding. Ben and Lottie Fuller were the next pair and batted well but again lost a wicket through some good bowling. The strong fielding meant that Nat Alkin and Caspar had to dig in but managed to survive their overs without losing a wicket. At this point, the scores were quite close but then Harry Webster and Marcus came in and the piled on the runs with some great boundaries. Special mention to Marcus for his lovely batting. Thomas’s Gabriel and Snowdon made up the final pair without losing a wicket and Jack Hinton then faced two overs with a runner, scoring a lot of runs despite conceding two wickets, again to excellent fielding. Twyfrod’s final score was 293 – a comfortable victory in the end.
It was hard to pick a man of the match but for his all-round performance, Ewan Macbride edged it this week. Well done Ewan.
Thanks as always to all the parents who helped with the scoring, umpiring and providing the refreshments and to Bishops Waltham who were excellent hosts.