We had two U11 matches on Sunday morning at Parkside, writes Kevin Morgan…
Sunday 14th May 2017
Mid-Surrey Colts League Under 11 League Division 1
Richmond U11 84 for 5 (20 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon U11 85 for 8 (18.3 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon U11 won by 2 wickets
The U11s kicked off their Mid Surrey League campaign with a win over a competitive Richmond team. Batting first Richmond offered plenty of catching practice in their innings which, save for a trademark one handed overhead grab from Seb D at slip, were mostly missed chances.
Richmond player Anirudh batted excellently after a reprieve to retire at 30 runs.
Stoke set about the run chase well but just as each top order batter started to get into stride a wicket fell, further progress also halted by some early season calling mishap resulting in the odd run-out. It took a disciplined and smart partnership from Aarav M and George A to steady the boat and see Stoke through to the win.
Thank you to Simon and Deepak for umpiring and scoring this match.
Friendly (Pairs Match)
Stoke D’Abernon U11 263 for 9 (22 overs)
Ashtead U11 229 for 12 (22 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon U11 won by 34 runs
Whilst that match took place on the main Parkside pitch, another U11 game was taking place on the top pitch, a friendly pairs match against an Ashtead development side. Skipper Max B won the toss and opened the batting along with Sam, posting 25 runs as a pair including sixes for both. New Stokers Mike & Charlie also batted & ran well adding a further 19 net runs, Louis & Felix 17, George R, Zach, Matteo, Tonwyn & Max D all scored well helping to finish on a net score of 63.
Stoke put on an excellent bowling display; Mike, Max B, Louis, George, Matteo & Felix all getting wickets. Felix & Sam also both impressed sharing wicket keeping duties, both taking excellent stumpings.
This was good early season practice for both Stoke and Ashtead, played in an excellent manner.
Thanks to Ferdi and Pete for sharing scoring duties on this one and to Sid for arranging both pitches for us.
As both of the above matches featured a number of missed catches, Timmy Handel and the coaches spent a good deal of a rain interrupted Monday night training session on fielding!