Thanks and well done to everyone for another excellent match win against Stirlands. Another convincing result saw Stirlands lose the toss and bat first scoring 134 for 10 while Middleton scored 191 for 3. It seems an obvious thing to say but the key to todays match was consistent bowling, accurate fielding and not losing wickets. Everyone played their part and although there were no stand out performances, it was good to see everyone contribute to the overall team performance.
Sam Green won the toss and chose to bowl first, Dill Howell and Willl Fountain opened the bowling and took 3 wickets in the first 3 overs – Zac Gadsby falling victim to Dill twice (run out and bowled). Sam Green and Katie deLillis up next and another 3 wickets (2 catches and a bowled) with some splendid leg spin and pace bowling and Sam Green taking an excellent fast moving ball catch that was heading for the boundary which mean that Sam was involved in all 3 wickets in that spell. Next up new boy Kyan Jajua and Ellie Cogger. I hadn’t seen Kyan play since the winter indoor tournament and he’s made some real progress with his bowling. He bowled straight and accurately with only one wide in 12 balls and was rewarded with a wicket in his first hard ball match – great stuff. Ellie plugged away, again impressively accurate and was unfortunate not to take a wicket. The final bowlers were Rocco Gamblin with Will and Dill making a final appearance for an over each. 3 wickets fell in this spell with Sam Green taking another catch and Rocco taking a stumping off his own bowling. Stirlands 10 wickets had cost them 50 runs and their total was 134 for 10.
Opening the batting for Middleton was Sam Green and Dill Howell. They both faced the very fast bowling of Zac Gadsby and consequently Sam Green on strike for most of the time, was bowled by an excellent yorker. Dill was also bowled but both batsmen batted well for a partnership of 23 (Dill 9, Sam 17). Ellie and Kyan were next in but we needn’t have worried about Kyan’s match inexperience with the bat. It was vital that the team didn’t lose any wickets and both batters stayed around to score 6 without loss. Although Kyan didn’t score any runs his defensive batting was excellent and it was a highly creditable debut. In next were Rocco and Will. Good news everybody – Rocco, partnered with Will Fountain and score a healthy 15 off 12 balls. Will scored an excellent and steady six and the match was moving out of Stirlands grasp. The final pair were Toby Barton and Katie. Both batted steadily to record a partnership of 14 off 24 balls with Toby trying hard to connect with the ball for some big shots and being frustrated by some excellent fielding to be denied at least 2 boundaries. Toby’s was the third and last wicket to fall when he let rip with an all or nothing shot off the last ball that went high and straight to the fielder.
All in all a steady performance from the team who understood that the key to the match was staying in and denying Stirlands wickets.
Player of the Match this week goes to Kyan Jajua for his debut performance that included a wicket with the ball, good defensive batting and some excellent fielding which contributed to at least one run out.