Narrow win for the Under 13s

Sunday 8th July 2018
West Surrey Youth Cricket League
Stoke D’Abernon U13 135 for 5 (20 overs)
Teddington U13 131 for 2 (20 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon U13 won by 4 runs

Match report from Kevin…

Both teams could only muster 10 players each for this fixture, Stoke had two U13s, the rest U12s, Teddington similarly bolstered from their U12s.

Teddington won the toss & put Stoke into bat; our two U13s Alex M & Ella C opening and both playing good shots from the off. Alex looked in very good nick until a caught & bowled despatched him.

Ella then partnered with Aarav M and both kept the scoreboard ticking. Ella got to retirement first, her 31 runs included no fewer than seven fours. Aarav’s retiring later on 32 with six fours and one six both had taken full advantage of a rock hard outfield.

Sam P was unlucky to be bowled by an absolute jaffa having just got off the mark, Jack T worked hard for 14 runs, his quick running between the wickets in the heat most impressive, James M 16 runs and Max B 5 runs saw out the final few overs.

Stoke would have similarly put Teddington in to bat first to avoid fielding second as the day got hotter. The team however worked hard delivering one of our best displays this season.

Teddington didn’t quite show the same batting threat as Stoke but found enough boundaries to keep the scoreboard going. Jake P and Sam P were outstanding in the deep, alternating various fielding positions and saving anything which evaded Alex behind the stumps.

Aarav G’s off spin has been hugely effective this season and he was unlucky not to get more from another skilful display. Wickets were proving difficult until Ella clean bowled two in a row, beating batters with ferocious pace. The hat-trick delivery was not too far away but the batter survived.

Another tricky umpire call similar to last week gave the benefit of the doubt to one batter, Alex gloving one from James’ bowling but unclear if bat had made contact, at least to the umpire if not the Stoke players.

All this pressure ended up with a close run chase. With three overs to go Teddington needed 16 runs, two overs to go they needed 10 but a miserly over from Aarav G gave away just two singles. With 8 needed to win off the final over and Stoke guarding the boundary Jack bowled with terrific line & length to limit the visitors to just three singles much to the delight of the home crowd.