Match report for West Area Under 9s Festival – Saturday 21st May
Firstly thank you to everyone that took part. I am sure we would all agree it was a fantastic setting and luckily the weather held off.
We has the following kids represent Middleton U9s:
There were six teams present:
Chichester Priory (Hosting)
Just to explain the format for matches at this level. Every batting team starts with a score of 200 runs. We receive 1,2,3 runs as normal when run between the wicket. 1 run for a no ball, 2 runs for a wide and we lose 5 runs for each wicket we lose.
Our first match was against Pagham. Everyone was very excited and we went in to bat first. As this was our first match although our batting was good we were a little over confident at running singles and lost some cheap wickets to run outs finishing on a total of 216-5
However our bowling and fielding were strong and we were equal to all the sides we played against. Max took two wickets in the first over with Indigo and Charlie adding one each. Ollie and Neo didn’t take a wicket but only had one run scored against them. Technically we won this game as it should have stopped with Pagham on a total of 215 but their scorer allowed an extra ball to be played and that took them to the same as us so a draw was declared.
Next up was our old rivals Stirlands. An improved batting performance with much better calling on when to take our runs which saw us only lose two wickets. We were pegged back by some tight bowling but overall an improvement on the previous match. We finished 224-2.
Batting wise Stirlands were a big step up from Pagham and although we bowled and fielded well we had a few overs that hurt us. Two wickets from George including a caught and bowled and one from Ollie weren’t quite enough with Stirlands finishing on 251-3.
Vs Chichester Priory
Our final match was against our hosts and the weather was a bit soggy but OK to play the match. Our batting was an improvement again on the previous two matches with the highlight being the final pair of Neo and Ollie who added 14 runs. We finished on 232-2.
Our bowling and fielding was solid again but the difference was the strength of three of their batsmen. One wicket each from Ethan Kearns and George weren’t quite enough and they finished on 253-2.
Overall a great experience and the kids will have learnt a lot about the game from this.
U11 V Pagham Sunday 22nd at Middleton CC
Another excellent result for the Middleton Under 11s today at home to Pagham Yellow. Well done to the boys for a decisive victory beating Pagham; the score: Middleton 251 for 2, Pagham 145 for 10 both off 16 overs. Pagham won the toss and chose to bowl on an overcast and cool Sunday morning that threatened rain at any moment. Dill Howell and Sam Patterson opened and got off to a flying start scoring 26 off the first 4 overs with Dill retaining strike for the majority of the time. After the first pair of batsmen retired Pagham’s Joe Bonnett left the field hurt after being hit in the face with a mis-caught ball. Sportingly Middleton stepped up and took to the field providing a substitute fielder. Next up to bat was Cameron Kearns and Marcus Nelmes. Cameron batted well but was eclipsed by the batting of Marcus Nelmes who was on fire today! Whatever Marcus had for breakfast, we should all have some – 32 runs off 17 balls faced including 7 fours, 4 of them consecutive. Sam Green and Rocco Gamblin up next, after an unfortunate golden duck for Rocco (bowled), the pair recovered for a partnership of 25 in the face of some inconsistent bowling which was difficult for them to hit well. Next up, Will Fountain and Toby Barton who added 39 to the score with some sublime stroke play from Toby who anticipated the bounce of the ball from inconsistent bowling very well to score 25. Toby was the last of the 2 Middleton wickets to fall caught by substitute Middleton fielder Dill Howell who will be sleeping with his eyes open tonight if the look on Toby’s face was anything to go by!
Some excellent bowling by Will Fountain and Toby Barton against the Pagham opening pair of Ethan Galea and Theo West saw no reward as the pair went on to a partnership of 35 in four overs. It seemed that the game was on and that Pagham would give Middleton a run for their money but it was not to be when the next pair of Sam Green and Rocco Gamblin came to bowl. 2 wickets apiece for only 10 runs scored pegged back the Pagham momentum. It was during this spell that Marcus again stood out with an excellent catch and throwing a direct to hit the wicket from 15 metres out for a Pagham run out. The next pair up to bowl were Marcus Nelmes and Dill Howell, 3 maiden overs followed with the only score added to the board in this period being 4 leg byes. Both bowlers were accurate and consistent and consequently unlucky to get a wicket. The final bowling pair were Sam Patterson and Cameron Kearns, Pagham’s star batsman and captain, Ethan Galea reappeared for Pagham’s absent Joe Bonnett. Sam Patterson was unlucky, despite bowling well Ethan scored 18 off 6 balls including a 6 that disappeared over the fence, the ball not being seen again. However, just as it seemed that Pagham might rally in the final 4 overs the bowling of Sam and Cameron shone through and the final pair were pegged back for an impressive 33 with the bat (it could have been a lot more). In the end it was an emphatic win for Middleton against a Pagham side that contained a number of inexperienced players, but the sun came out and a lot of fun was had by all.
Man of the match has to go to Marcus Nelmes for an impressive all round performance: 32 with the bat, a catch, a run out, some excellent bowling including a maiden over. – well done Marcus.
One final note: a sleeveless slazenger jumper was left at the ground – I will bring it along to the next match if anyone wants to claim it