Sunday in the sun..
By Trevor Butler
'Let me win, but if I do not win, let me be brave in the attempt'
A beautiful summer Sunday at Camberley Cricket Club, early start of 09:00 but we all arrived promptly ready to go. The pitch looked in desperate need of some water so the outfield was running quick. Bagshot elected to bat first, but due to some player number issues Camberley required a spare couple of fielders and the Bagshot boys stepped up to challenge and kindly played for Camberley as if they were showing their skills on the transfer market, even taking wickets from Bagshot batsmen.
The Bagshot batting starting strongly with the opening pair, Lucas and Akhil both retiring on 30, Thomas added a nice 16 innings, Alex hit a beautiful 4 cover drive, but our innings slowed around the middle order taking us to a total of 115.
We need to be brave at times when batting, when we have wickets in hand we have to strike out at the ball to make something happen.
After a brief break from the sunshine and some well earned squash and biscuits Bagshot took the field ready to bowl and field with a positive mind set on keeping the runs down.
Yuvraj opened the bowling very strongly and kept his pace and accuracy going, followed by Alex, Zack and Lucas all delivering quality bowling. The opening batsmen from Camberley were strong showing good skills and clear calling building up the runs. Jonathan bowled and with some great Bagshot fielding we finally secured a run out of the first batsman.
Camberley too had batsmen who achieved the full 30 runs and were retired, it was a great batting pitch with a fast outfield so any fielding mistakes made it hard to chase the ball down as the ball ran away at lightning speed on a large outfield.
Bowling continued with Charlie, Will, Thomas, Jack all proving a good line and length, Luca providing an excellent over and a bowl to take another wicket to keep us in the game.
In the final over Camberley required six to win, but somewhere in those last six balls the wheels fell off the Bagshot high class fielding that had taken us to that point. Camberley secured 8 runs to win the match. A great match which unfortunately didn't finish the way we would of liked. Some hard lessons to learn with managing the game, controlling the field, focus on the objective.
A cricket match is never won and lost in a single over or ball. It is the culmination of lots of opportunities or misses throughout a game. It only becomes evident when you tally them up and see the final outcome. The team played well, great spirit, fun and enjoyment, but with a passion for winning.
Thank you to all the parents for helping out and scoring the game.