Long Ditton made the short trip to Coronation Recreation Ground to face Esher on a perfect summer’s morning. With the team having been defeated in its first ever Club match the week before, LDCC was determined to make amends……….even selecting 11 for the 10-a-side match!!
Things started well with skipper Freddie Goodyear winning the toss and asking the home side to bat first. LDCC’s opening bowling pair of Alex Finnie and Josh Downey made a good start, with only 9 runs scored off the first 3 overs (Jonathan Lack bowling the other excellent over) . This was mainly due to the variation offered by Alex’s left arm bowling (“nice action” as commented by opposition parents on the boundary) and Josh taking a wicket with his first ball (meaning -4 runs for Esher)!
Freddie, along with Felix Williams, then took up the attack and continued to apply pressure on the next pair of Esher batsmen, bowling with good pace and accuracy – each bowling a maiden over amongst their allotted 4 (very rare and impressive for this age group). So, after 8 overs, Esher were on just 219 (teams start on 200 runs in this age group/format).
Tommy Boxall and Ollie Carter were next to bowl. This pairing proved to be a great success, with Tommy’s leg breaks providing a difficult change of pace to Ollie’s fast bowling from the other end (keeping the batsman, fielders and umpire alert with his changes in run up length!!). Esher’s middle order though, batted sensibly and worked the singles around, progressing the score to 242 after 12 overs.
Ben Hughes and Louis Ackland came up against some powerful hitting Esher batsman but did a great job in restricting them to 263 at the end of the 16th over. This was down to some excellent fielding from the team and also by taking a wicket during their four over stint.
The final four overs were bowled by Leo Rogers and Cameron Stevens, who both also bowled well and took a further wicket to leave Esher on 272 at the end of their innings.
Alex and Josh opened the batting for LDCC. Josh hit some lovely shots against bowlers two years older…..unfortunately, straight to fielders! When he was bowled on the final ball of the opeining over, Jonathan came to join Alex at the crease and these two batted very sensibly and well – including a fine pull shot for four by Jonathan – to take the score to 209 after 4 overs.
Freddie and Felix were next to the crease and these two got off to a great start with a fantastic 6 over mid wicket by Freddie! Felix was unlucky to play on to his stumps and this was soon followed by an unfortunate leading edge from Freddie back to the bowler for a catch, leaving LDCC on 228 after 8 overs.
Tommy and Ollie batted very nicely to keep the score ticking over in the middle overs, but when Tommy was unluckily run out backing up, the score was 243 at the end of the 12th over.
The next pair were Ben and Louis. Three boundaries were scored as well as a number of wides from the Esher bowlers, which helped push the score up to 269, with still four overs left to get 4 more runs.
So it was left to Leo and Cameron, who both batted really well to make sure they didn’t get out and lose runs – taking LDCC home to an impressive victory total of 287, winning by 15 runs!
This was a great all round team peformance, with no weak link in the side at all (special mention to Josh who fielded particularly well for his age – 6).
Thanks to Brian Boxall for umpiring and helping with advice and organisation on the day, Suzi Wylde for doing all the bacon rolls back at the LDCC kitchen and Phil Bradley for providing the meals on wheels service and running food back over to Esher. Thanks also to the large contingent of LDCC supporters who witnessed such a great team performance. It was a great result against a good club and really proved that the coaching sessions during the season have made a real difference to the standard of cricket. Bring on 2011!
Dave Downey (Coach)