Bagshot U11s V Frimley U11s
Baggies cruise to a win!
The Baggies hosted Frimley in the Gladys Chitty League with a young team made of up of Evan, Kian, Thomas, Charlie, James, Harry B, Cameron, Ali, Hayden and Rocco.
The Frimley Captain, Rahill, won the toss and invited the Baggies to bat. Evan sent out Thomas and Charlie as our first pair and with all the rain overnight the wicket was slow with fairly low bounce. Thomas and Charlie added 16 in their four overs, and only lost a single wicket when Thomas was unfortunately caught at long off from a lofted drive that looked like it was going for four. Charlie rightly showed his backward defensive to some accurate bowling, and the pair rotated the strike sensibly and this was a solid start from our opening pair. Next in were Harry B and James and these two accelerated the scoring and added 33 with some very aggressive running including stealing 2s for byes and leg byes and putting the fielders under pressure without losing a wicket. Harry scored 9 and James 8 - a fantastic effort. Already on the threshold of a score of 250, the Captain and Kian came out to bat with Kian pulling a good four round to leg, and Evan running and calling his partner well the pair added 27 with the help of some extras and singles, only losing a single wicket. Cameron and Ali followed up with a partnership of 29; Cameron hitting a great pulled 4 through mid-wicket and Ali hitting two 4s in his top score of 14. Some good running and some overthrows showed the value of putting pressure on the fielders, and got us past the 300 mark, and I was especially pleased with Cameron in only his second game – he showed real maturity and a common sense approach to batting. Lastly, Hayden and Rocco and these two, as we have some to expect, ran like whippets with Hayden hitting two fours, and despite a runout, adding 25 with Rocco. The Frimley death bowlers were fast and accurate, and Rocco played some very fast and straight deliveries bravely and without losing his wicket. The Baggies finished on 330 for 3 which was certainly the best batting display from a Bagshot team I have seen this season.
Even with a competitive score on the board, Evan knew that setting the tone early in the Frimley innings was important. With that in mind, he threw the ball to Harry B who did not disappoint. A fast and accurate spell of 2 overs 2 for 5, including clean bowling 2 batsman, had Frimley into a negative total straight away. At the other end, Evan supported well him with 2 overs for 4, and also executed a run out at the bowler’s end. After the first pair, the Frimley score stood at 198 for 3 – just the start Evan had been looking for. Next to bowl were Thomas and Kian with Thomas sending down 2 overs for 12 and Kian 2 overs for 16 against the best of the Frimley batting. Kian struggled with the slope a little, but bowled some very accurate deliveries. Thomas’ first over went for only a single and I was pleased with the way these two approached their bowling.
Next up, Charlie and James with Charlie bowling 2 overs and taking 2 wickets for 10 including a very good caught behind by Hayden and James 2 overs 1 for 10 including a stumping by Hayden. These two bowled a tight line and the three wickets pegged back the Frimley score to 231 for 6 at the end of the third pair. Next came Ali and Cameron with Ali bowling 2 overs 1 for 10 and Cameron 2 overs for only 8 runs at a time when the Frimley batsmen were looking to accelerate. A great effort from Cameron in only his second game for the Baggies and I was impressed by the pace with which Ali bowled. Lastly, came Rocco and Hayden and although Rocco struggled with his length in his first over, his 2 overs brought a wicket when he clean bowled the batsman and with Hayden sending down 2 overs for 7 with a wicket thanks to a fabulous catch by Thomas at deep square leg, the final pair made sure that Frimley never challenged our total. There was also a run out when Hayden hit the stumps from mid-on. Frimley finished on 253 for 10.
So a resounding victory for the Under 11s. I was extremely impressed with all aspects of our game today. When batting we looked for runs at every opportunity, and only lost three wickets which was a fabulous effort. We also showed some defensive batting against good balls, and an understanding of when to hit the bad balls for four. 330 is a very competitive total in any pairs game and I can’t remember any Bagshot team making a score as high as that before.
In the field, we started well with Harry and Evan, which is really important, and our fielding was excellent throughout. There were several run outs, and a fantastic catch by Thomas in the final over. We bowled a relatively small number of wides, and we encouraged each other throughout, which is pleasing. Hayden had a good game with the gloves, with a catch and a stumping, a run out, few byes, and seeing him stand up to the stumps for most of our bowlers is great to see. The pace of some of our bowling, from Ali, Harry B, Charlie and Rocco is also showing improvement. Let’s not forget, six of the team are under 10s. Overall, as I said afterwards, I thought in the field we were ruthless.
So, with such a great performance from everyone, choosing the player of the match was once again difficult. There were great performances from Charlie for his 2 for 6 and sensible batting, Evan 2 overs for 4, Hayden 2 overs for 7, his keeping and 11 runs with the bat, Ali 14 runs and 2 overs 1 for 10, Cameron’s bowling and batting, James’s batting partnership with Harry, and Kian’s boundaries and bowling, Thomas’ batting and excellent catch, Evan’s tight bowling and excellent Captaincy. In the end, for his 9 runs and excellent batting with James, and his clinical spell at the start which really set the tone of 2 overs, 2 for 5, it went to Harry. Well done to all for a fantastic performance.