Today at 10:14 PM
U12 festival – day three. Worthing Chippendale at MSC.
Middleton lost the toss and Worthing elected to bat. Some really good bowling from Monty,Harry,George. Charlie. Fast and testing. Well organised batsman from worthing kept the singles moving and the wickets protected. An excellent fast ball from Monty taking the left bale and giving us our only early breakthrough. Worthing were 22 for 0 after 10 overs,67 for 1 wicket after 18 overs. But the Worthing batsmen were there for the long haul,two batsman achieving 90 and an excellent century. Extremely composed batting for well over two hours. Worthing Chippendale used all 37 overs and managed 224. Only 24 of these were extras, which shows a concentrated focus on our bowling and fielding. A reflection of good batting rather than poor bowling.
We began our innings well. George and Thomas opening and they set amongst the task well. George hitting successive boundaries and we were quickly ahead of their run rate,getting us to almost 40 after only 8 overs. A toe ended catch to deep mid wicket for George slowed proceedings. Sam Green and Zak stayed with Thomas whilst trying to build an innings. Thomas eventually out for 20 but deserves a mention for playing the openers role so well but also for a mighty six over the deep mid wicket boundary. Owen again pulled our innings around, scoring another half century and getting us into a position where it might just have been possible to win. When Monty came in at No.8 and with Ben P,Harry and Dill still to follow then we were still in the game. A crowd had developed with over 40 people supporting the teams,a great atmosphere. Monty didn’t dissapoint and straight drove two well positioned boundaries. Ben Mackley was playing a great supporting role,even attempting the reverse sweep! Ben P fell to a fast straight ball, Monty had gone and so in the end had Ben M. In stepped Harry and Dill, our final 2 batsmen. We were chasing 67 off just 5 overs and it was clear that we needed to play out for the draw. The boys did superbly to last until the very last over. The crowd were on the edge of their seats, an absolutely wonderful atmosphere. We counted the balls down,withstood the pressure from a crowded field and made it to ball 4….wicket!
Very well played boys,a great and tense game of cricket. Worthing Chippendales won. A victory at West Chiltington tomorrow (current festival leaders) needed to stay in the chase.