More good news from the colts section:
Mid-Surrey Colts League U13 League
Stoke 134 for 6 (24 overs)
Wimbledon 97 all out (21 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon U13 won by 37 runs
Match report from Paul Hanratty. (Thanks to Paul from Caroline Neat for managing this match.)
Stoke won the toss and elected to bat on a very difficult wicket with a big outfield that was very slow.
Marcus and Ollie B opened the batting and had an excellent opening stand – careful batting and great running between the wickets meant we got off at 4– 5 per over despite excellent bowling.
When Ollie was out with the score on 29 Alfie joined Marcus and batted very sensibly under strict instructions not to ‘Alfinate’ the bowling, these two taking the score to 64 before Alfie was bowled by a fantastic delivery.
Tevez and Ryan kept the run rate up with Marcus who retired on 40 not out, but the fireworks started when Will M came in at number 6, ran hard between the wickets with Tom L and smashed a 6 over backward square leg.
Eventually Stoke made 134 off 24 overs for 6 wickets, against the best bowling attack I have seen this year. There was relentless speed and a tricky spinner to negotiate, but the boys showed guts and proved they can run hard and get the run rate up.
We went out with a plan to set aggressive fields and bowl straight on a very tricky wicket with wicked bounce. Ollie M agreed to keep wicket on a very trying pitch and took an unbelievable catch in the first over off Ollie B to start the Wimbledon slide.
Continued pressure from Ollie B, (2 wickets), Tevez, (2 wickets), and Ryan, (4 wickets – denied a ‘fifer’ by a dropped catch that turned into a run out), meant Wimbledon were always under pressure and were 50 for 9 at one point, before the tailenders repaired the damage against our spinners. We held our nerve and the boys fielded very well and urged each other on. Excellent captaining from Marcus meant we got home comfortably with Wimbledon 97 all out.
The boys can be proud that against a good team and a truly exceptional bowling attack they posted a big score without hitting a single rash shot, then backing it up with aggressive, quick bowling and good fielding themselves.
The boys say the Coke and Kit Kats helped them perform!
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Mid-Surrey Colts League U12 League
Stoke D’Abernon U12 82 all out