U12 festival- Day four at west Chiltington.
Undoubtedly our finest weather day of the week. A gorgeous setting here at west Chiltington bathed in sunshine with the rolling Sussex hills in the distance. Middleton won the toss and opted to field. Again, organised batsmen and steady runs gathered. What they managed well was the bad ball, striking cleanly to the boundary on most occasions. Monty and Harry opened, Harry managed the breakthrough with a fine catch taken by Dill at wide mid on. Dill,Owen,Ben(s) and Will all had a crack at batsman 2 and 3. There were certainly opportunities for stumpings, catches and tight run outs but they were all difficult,they gave us little to work with. Marcus the pick of the bowlers,he bamboozled both batsmen with some fine leg spin,often ending with maidens. Intelligent stuff. Drinks at over 32 but already 233 for just 1 wicket…..Monty back into the fray,a fast ball flicked high off the batsmanship legs and a great catch by Harry. 242 for 2. Innings of 274 after 35 overs.
A bright start to the innings with Harry and Thomas opening. Running singles and applying pressure to the bowling. Harry first to go for lbw,questionable as rising high over his wickets (oh for the video replay!) . We lost Monty,Thomas and Owen in too quick a succession. This raised the hopes of West Chiltington and brought the field in atleast five paces. And so,to the persistent chirping of ‘Wicket ball’ from the fielding side,we hoped for better things. Already 5 down for under 70. Ben M hit the ball cleanly,as did Ben P, but we lost two more quickly. Zak fell and so we were 90 for 8. Marcus and Dill hoping to take us to three figures for a whiff of respectability. They took us to 97 when Dill was run out. However, in a sporting gesture from West Chiltington, it was agreed that Dill was impeded in reaching his end and the decisions was overturned. Eventually Marcus went and so too went Will. Ellie stepped to the crease with only 3 needed for that century. An enticing ball hit away from his off stump was caught and Dill was our last player to go. Ellie carrying her bat.
Middleton only reaching 97 all out. West Chiltington win.