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Under 8 - Match centre

Horsley and Send Festival
Bagshot CC
Sun 28 Aug 10:00 - Friendly Start time 10:00

Mighty Under 8s Win the Horsley and Send festival!

U8s save their best performance for the final

The under 8s entered the Horsley and Send festival with a young team
consisting of Ella, Zaara, George, Oliver, Jacob, Anay, Harry and
Lewis, who kindly turned up at very short notice to enable us to enter
the competition with a full team of 8. Our first game was against the
hosts, Horsley, and after losing the toss we were asked to bat. To be
honest, we didn’t really do ourselves justice in the first match. We
ran ourselves out, and also our partner out, and apart from Lewis and
Jacob hitting some boundaries in the middle order and a late surge from
Harry and Anay, our score of 22 for 4 after our 8 overs didn’t look
competitive. When Horsley batted, despite a great over from Ella with
a wicket, and a maiden from Harry, we weren’t able to defend such a low
total and Horsley finished on 34 for 2 leaving us beaten by some
margin. I did wonder at this point whether we might be in for a long
day; there was no indication at this point of the incredible
performances to come.
Our next game was against Teddington who, although not managing to
bring their own umpire, had some strong views on how the game should be
officiated. We lost the toss again, and were inserted. A shaky start
against good bowling had us on the back foot with the loss of a couple
of wickets, and then our girls Zaara and Ella came to the crease. The
girls played sensibly and steadied the ship and didn’t lose a wicket to
get us on the path to a decent total. The partnership between Ella and
Zaara changed the complexion of our innings, and would prove I think to
be the pivotal moment for us in the tournament. George and Lewis
followed with a brutal partnership of 23 including 4 boundaries, taking
us to 37, and with Anay and Harry adding 11 we finished on 48 for 4, a
much more competitive total than in our opener. Our bowling started
with the ever accurate Ella who very nearly bowled a maiden. A wicket
for Jacob and also for Lewis saw the Teddington score pegged back and
with the last pair at the crease 19 were needed. A couple of boundaries
were scored, and then Harry, bowling the final over, hit the stumps
twice with fast and accurate deliveries and the game was ours with
Teddington finishing on 23 for 4, giving us victory by a significant
margin of 25.

After a discussion about the rules of cricket with the nice lady from
Teddington wearing pink, it was on to our next group game against
Farnham. We won the toss and chose to field, and Farnham got away to a
flier scoring 19 off the first 2 overs. However, some accurate bowling
and wickets from Jacob, Lewis, and George, and 2 more wickets from
Harry in the final over pegged Farnham back to 45 for 5, a great effort
from the Baggies. Our fielding showed a marked improvement in this
game; with diving stops and players getting right behind the ball to
save boundaries, notably Anay who took the full force of a fiercely hit
pull from the Farnham batsman. Our innings once again stuttered a
little at the start, with Oliver and Jacob defending well against some
fine opening bowling from the Farnham bowlers. Again, the ladies
consolidated sensibly in the middle order, adding 15 including a couple
of boundaries without losing a wicket: - well done girls! Again this
seemed to give confidence to the next batsmen, George and Lewis, who
smacked 27 for the loss of a wicket with George hitting a huge six and
between them four 4s. Another aggressive partnership to get us to 40
and within easy reach of the Farnham total. Anay also hit a six and
with Harry hitting boundaries a further 20 were added for the loss of a
wicket to get us to 56 for 3 and another victory. More importantly, it
gave us a place in the semi-final.

After a spot of lunch we were again drawn against Farnham in the semi-
final. Losing the toss again and being inserted, Jacob and Oliver gave
us a great start with both boys hitting fours and adding 14 in their 2
overs without losing a wicket. Next in the girls Zaara and Ella, and
these two batted brilliantly adding 26 including boundaries, twos, and
some very well run byes, without losing a wicket. Lewis and George
followed this with another “Stokes and Buttler” partnership of 24
including a flurry of boundaries, with some very powerful strokes on
display. With Harry and Anay adding 18 for the loss of a wicket at the
end, including boundaries from Anay, we ended on our best total of the
day - 78 for 1. A fantastic batting display from the under 8s, only
losing one wicket and hitting 9 boundaries.
The Farnham response started with Anay taking 2 wickets in the first
over, including a catch behind by Harry. A slight recovery in the
middle, and a few wickets for the Baggies, including a run out and
another wicket for Jacob, meant that Farnham were never up with the
rate despite some big hits from their captain, Jude. We fielded
brilliantly again, and our bowling never dipped, even against the big
hitters. Farnham finished on 48 for 4, and a place in the final for the
Baggies!

The final, against the hosts who had beaten us in the first game,
Horsley, was played in the best conditions of the day. Harry lost the
toss, and the Baggies were inserted. The team seemed more relaxed than
the parents and the coach, and Oliver and Jacob gave us a sensible
start with an unbeaten partnership of 10. The girls came next, and as
they did all afternoon, they batted sensibly and ran well between the
wickets. Ella hit a boundary, and they didn’t lose a wicket. George and
Lewis next, and these two battered another 25 without loss, to get us
to 43. The last pair Harry and Anay faced the best of the Horsley
bowling, and several wickets fell, but they managed to recover some of
the damage, and we finished on 45 for 3. Not our best total of the day,
but competitive.
We needed a strong bowling performance, and our girls Zaara and Ella
gave us the perfect start with some great fielding from George giving
us a run out in the first over, and only conceding 6 runs in the first
two overs; well done girls! We needed all our bowlers to bowl tightly
and Jacob didn’t disappoint with a wicket clean bowled and only
conceding one run! And then, at the crucial moment, Oliver bowled the
best over I have seen him bowl all season. He bowled line and length in
5 out of the 6 deliveries, and clean bowled the batsman, to only
concede a single run. So halfway through their innings, the Horsley
total stood at 4. Next up was Lewis who bowled another excellent over,
with a wicket clean bowled, and George followed up with what was almost
a maiden. Anay sent down the penultimate over for only 3, and then
Harry hit the stumps in the final over, to leave Horsley 29 short of
our total on 15 for 5, and a tournament victory for the Baggies!
Yipppeee!

So, a brilliant display in the final from all concerned. We kept our
wickets intact in our innings, ran and called intelligently, and
everyone bowled and fielded fantastically. The bowling especially,
under some pressure, really impressed me in the final, and our fielding
was again excellent with lots of backing up in evidence, people putting
their bodies behind the ball, and encouraging the bowlers and fielders
the whole time. To beat the hosts by such a large margin, after losing
to them in the first game, is a measure of how much we improved as the
day went on.

Individually, everyone performed to a high level throughout the day.
The girls really impressed me; Ella opened the bowling and bowled a
very good line, and I thought Zaara's batting was the best I have seen
from her, keeping her wicket intact for most of the day. The way the
girls batted together was evidence of a developing partnership, and
they also fielded well. Jacob took at least three wickets, which is
evidence of how accurately he bowled, and some of his diving stops were
impressive. Oliver bowled better as the day went on, and hit some
boundaries I think for the first time. George bowled very fast and
straight, and hit a number of very hard hit boundaries including a six.
Anay also hit a six, a number of fours, did the best boundary stop of
the day and bowled, as he always does, with pace and accuracy. Harry
bowled quicker than I have seen him with an incrediball, hit the stumps
five times, batted well with Anay, and kept wicket tidily all day,
including taking our only catch. Lewis, though, took the player of the
tournament award. A difficult decision, but the number of boundaries he
hit, combined with some very tight overs and alert fielding, made him
the winner, especially bearing in mind he spent the previous night in a
tent!

We must remember we had 3 under 7s in the team, Zaara, George and Anay,
and we were the only team to have any girls, which is pleasing. Our
concentration also was impressive, despite the long day and the number
of matches. Our confidence grew and grew as the day went on, and we
peaked as a team at just the right time, after a difficult start.
It was a great way to end the season, and I have passed our thanks on
to the organisers for all their hard work. I must also thank the
parents for giving up their entire Sunday, and to Jim for scoring and
for demonstrating his “one hand, once bounce” expertise. As ever, a big
thank you also to Sadiq for his fabulous photographs. Finally I must
say, though, I’m proud of each and every one of the players – we were
by a distance the best team in the tournament, and the players deserved
their victory. Well done!

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