We entered a team to represent the club in the Nat West T20 U19s competition, and were drawn to play Valley End, Byfleet, Normandy, Camberley and Guildford in a mini league. T20 rules were used, all leg side deliveries were wide, a 30 yard circle with fielding restrictions kept the captains thinking, and with batsman having to retire at 50 it made sure most got a fair part of the game.
Captained by Brad Passfield with admin assistance from Gabby Dunnage, availability at times proved difficult, but we managed to complete four of the five fixtures, only failing to turn out against a very strong Guildford side.
Thanks to Mike White, Graham Searle, Chris Bartlett and Derek Budd for helping umpire/score, as well as Jonny A and some other members turning up to support.
Our first game was against Byfleet away, where we were bowled out for 85, Tod Ryan top scoring and it looked like we would lose, but fantastic bowling and fielding had the hosts all out for 51.Chris Searle 4-9, Brad 2-8
Game two was at local rivals Valley End, who batted first and started really well once they mastered the spin of Josh Balcombe and the pace of Alex Bartlett, Dan Vernon scoring 63 and Valley End made 115 all out.
Brad 3-13 and Josh Nakarja 3-17.
In reply we made light work of the total and cruised home with 4 overs to spare. Runs for Brad 33, Matt Alexander 22 and Chris Searle 29.
The third match pitched us against Camberley at home, again we batted first and runs flowed consistently throughout, reaching a total of 145-9 . Brad top scoring with 43 and contributions from Alex Bartlett, Jack Rowlett and 31 extras sure helped.
In reply we started well, but young Stevens teed off and took a shine to Gabs 3rd over, three big sixes he soon raced to 50 and had to retire, the innings slowed once he did and we bowled well again to restrict Cambereley to 128-8 to win our third game. Gareth Bevan 3-22, Alex 2-17.
We travelled to Normandy in our final game that was to be a shootout for second place in the group and qualification to the next stage. Once again we batted first, only Alex Bartlett with a 50 got past 13, but extras, (25), and some average fielding from what looked like a talented Normandy side helped us get to 134 which looked competitive.
However Normandy had other ideas, they cruised to a win with 5 overs remaining and only 1 wicket down. Will Griffin offered resistance with an impressive spell of 3 overs 1 for 8, but everyone else struggled against some quality batting.
All in all a pretty good effort from those that turned out, thanks to all the players for making themselves available, and especially Brad and Gabs for organising the team.
Chatting to the colts management team there is potential to enter an U19 league next year so more fixtures could be available, plus we are exploring potential coloured kit to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the club.
Players Used this season:
Updated 10:49 - 26 Aug 2016 by Stuart Derry