u11 SJCF Match Report Day 3

Hi Everyone,
 
Well what a perfect day yesterday turned-out to  be.
 
There are few things that beat a lazy summer’s afternoon at the club  however when you add into the mix beautiful weather, a fine victory over a  strong Chichester team, everybody enjoying themselves and Marmite  sandwiches for tea what else do you need from life!
 
The boys put their recent narrow loss  behind them with an outstanding 42 run victory over a talented Chichester side  consisting of all 11 year olds.
 
Fielding a team which again only featured 4 players aged 11 Middleton won  the toss and opted to bat first. Against a Western Warriors opening bowling  attack Middleton lost 2 early wickets and it required Ollie Humphries and  Christian Bellamy to steady the ship with a fine 68 run partnership.
 
When Christian was bowled for 14 and Ollie departed for an excellent 46 Ben  Taylor (29) and Mathew Bellamy (24 no) continued to build on their  fine work and when Ben was eventually caught Middleton declared with the score  on 153 – 6, the highest score posted by any team in our league this week by  some considerable distance.
 
After Marmite sandwiches and an all round excellent tea was were devoured  Middleton got off to an excellent start with Sam Bell dismissing Chichester’s  opening batsman with the second ball of the new innings. However a strong second  wicket stand of 58 meant that our visitors were still very much in the game and  when the breakthrough eventually came Middleton’s bowlers slowly began to  get on top.
 
Excellent bowling from Jay Cockaday (2-16), Ben Taylor (3-22), Sam  Bell (2-13) and Matt Bellamy (2-17) saw the dismissal of 2 key  batsman rapidly followed by a flurry of wickets including 6 catches, 1  stumping and 3 clean bowled and with 3 overs remaining Chichester had been  dismissed for 111. Least we forget Phoenix Ashworth’s accurate bowling spell  which had players 3 years older than him under pressure throughout.
 
And as for the fielding – well 6 catches says it all whilst a mere 6 wides  were bowled in 27 overs.
 
35 maximum points were secured pushing us into 2nd place in the league and  with our final game tomorrow at Findon another victory could consolidate that  position.
 
Make no bones about it this was a tremendous victory for our young team – Jay opening the bowling, Phoenix coming on third bowling change, Christian  holding himself at number 4 in the batting order 2 days running, Arron as always  so busy in the field. It could be said that Jack and Ollie are looking  like veterans in this team!
 
A big thank you to Peter for preparing another superb wicket for the boys  to play on.
 
And so we move onto tomorrow at Findon for the  final game of this year’s festival – with the team spirit that exists  within this team (and the parents!) what great shape we are in.
 
Due to work commitments I’ll be at Findon later in the afternoon therefore  Brian will be managing matters in my absence – hence if there are any doubts  concerning the weather then please call Brian on 07763 815743 from say 12.15  onwards by which time he will have been contacted by Findon’s manager.
 
Let’s finish on a high and most importantly enjoy  the afternoon.
 
See you tomorrow.
 
Mark.
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