Retired but not out!
By Baiju Nakarja
Believe in the batting
We arrived for our home game at Windlesham ready to face a Chertsey team. Unfortunately the traffic and an incident in Chertsey delayed most of their team so it was only fair that we took to the field.
We opened the bowling and from the off you could see that the Bagshot team were not at the races in the field. Most of the team were coming off a heavy week at school with school matches and exams!
The Chertsey openers took full advantage of the less than accurate bowling and fielding from Bagshot amassing 70 runs in the first 9 overs and before the fall of the first wicket. This is not what we had come to expect from the Bagshot team from the last few games.
Debutant Robbie found an amazing throw to runout the first wicket to fall. Well done Robbie
Unfortunately, Alex wasn't feeling well and had to come off the pitch. But, we were lucky enough to be able to call upon U9 George S from their training to take his spot. Georges first action was to bowl the over that Alex would have bowled and with the first ball bowled the Chertsey number 3. This gave the Bagshot boys the lift that they needed and the fielding improved a tad but the bowling was still a little wayward.
With the score growing at an alarming rate and a couple of overs to bowl it was left to Yash & Chris to close out the bowling. Yash was very tidy conceding only 2 byes. The final over was given to Chris to close out the bowling. Chris took 3 wickets in the over but more than that only 2 runs! Some outstanding bowling at the death from Chris & Yash.
Chertsey set us a target of 130 with wides, no balls and byes scoring 48!
I was told yesterday that I did not look very happy at the interval and I probably wasn't with the performance!
My post interval report may not do the boys the justice that it deserves as I wasn't able to see it first hand due to a prior commitment at a football awards presentation.
The instructions at the interval were that we needed to see a batting performance like we had put on against VE in the first game and that I wanted to hear about players retiring.
Off went the openers, Lucas & Akhil, to start us off. They looked comfortable & in control for the 2 overs that I saw. As instructed, they batted confidently and with the right level of aggression. Akhil got to 30 and had to retire which bought Chris to the crease. Soon after, Lucas got to 31 and retired bring Jonathan into bat.
Well done to the openers.
Chris and Jonathan put on some runs before Chris was out bringing Jack into bat. Soon after we lost another wicket and in came Yash who unfortunately didn't last long brining Sam followed by Yuvraj into bat.
The runs were being scored and with an over to go we needed 11 to win. It looked very nervy & tight. Chertsey closed their bowling with one of their opening bowlers who had bowled very miserly in his opening spell.
A single off the 1st ball put Jack on strike who duly dispatched a no-ball for 4! The next ball Jack was out with us needing 4 from the last 4 balls!
I'm glad I wasn't there as I don't think my heart would have coped!!!
So, we needed 4 from 4 balls. In came Charlie to face his first ball. Another no-ball at head height which Charlie dispatched for 6 towards fine leg giving us 8 runs and game won!!!!
Scenes of jubilation and players running onto the pitch to celebrate. I wish I had been there to see it now!
After the game I got a call from Vanita to let me know the result. Unfortunately was just as I was being called onto the stage to get our award. My team asked if the broad grin on my face was because we were getting an award. I didn't have the courage to tell them it was because of the cricket score.
A massive THANK YOU to Vanita & Jayshree for jointly scoring after a very quick lesson.
Onwards & upwards!