It was a very wet evening at Leventhorpe tonight, possibly the wettest junior game I’ve been apart of. Fortunately we came out on the right side of the result on a seriously dodgy pitch. There were full length balls that were passing batsmen shoulder height, as well as a few that virtually rolled along the floor!
We chose to bowl first with early wickets again for Paddy Ainsworth-Ledwidge and Lucas Dordoy. Then Harry Pigram came on and we really saw how poor the wicket was, with some of Harry’s good length balls were nearly hitting the batsmen in the head! We rotated the bowling a lot in the innings, with everyone getting a bowl. There was a wicket each for Paddy, Lucas, Thomas Greenhill (with a beautiful googly), Luca Barnes, Jamie Ward and two wickets for the interim captain Charlie Laking. There were also two excellent direct hit run outs for Harry Pigram and Omar Sain. The highlight of our innings was Henry Hawkins’s excellent keeping on a seriously inconsistent pitch, he really did an amazing job. Sawbo finished with 79-9 in their 20 overs.
We knew chasing 80 on this pitch would be difficult, but we weren’t quite prepared for Sawbo’s opening bowler. For the first ball of the innings, the bowler slowly trotted in and suddenly sent a thunderbolt bouncer that flew past Harry Pigram’s face. He followed that up with another bouncer that Harry just got a little glove on which meant we were 0-1 off two balls. Charlie Laking fell soon after for 5 trying to hook another short ball from the opener. Having managed to duck two more short balls, Henry Hawkins was incredibly unlucky to be bowled with the ball coming off his pads, onto his bat and then onto the stumps. We got a bit of fortune straight after, with Zac Saunders blocking the ball into his stumps, but luckily the ball didn’t have enough pace to knock the bails off. After the quick opening bowler finished his spell, we proceeded to comortably knock off the remaining 50 runs required, with Jamie Ward finishing 24* and Zac falling for 18 just before we knocked off the 80 required.
In the end, it was a pretty comfortable win in terrible conditions. Whilst I was happy with the win, I was just relieved when the game finished as I don’t think I’ve been that wet on a cricket pitch before!
Thanks to all the parents who braved the conditions to support the boys!
The next game in on Monday at home against Reed.