After three wins in three the U11’s went to Topcroft expecting strong opposition.
In spite of having only seven players the team were up for it. Winning the toss helped and we batted first in the attempt to put Topcroft under pressure with some runs on the board. Everyone batted well. Runs were scored off the hittable balls and it was good to see better running between the wickets. Taking every opportunity for runs, and the loss of only four wickets meant we posted a competitive target of about 80.
As the second innings progressed Topcroft were well up on the run rate. However, with the combination of good bowling and our best fielding display yet, we kept the pressure on and their run rate slowed. Bryn took a good catch off his own bowling after dropping one earlier, which showed good character. Anton showed smartness and skill with a stumping off some lovely leg spin bowling from Thomas, who had already bowled one out earlier in the game.
With the last over remaining Anton’s dad shouted that we were ten ahead. With Ezra pitching it full and straight, the batsman missed and the middle stump was down, and Southwold had won. Considering we only had seven it was a great team performance, with everyone chipping in.
In contrast, the trip to Hales and Loddon was completely different. The opposition were young and learning the game. The ground, with it’s lovely Suffolk view and sky, was just becoming a pitch from a ploughed field. The team was in confident mood and I tried to inspire some professionalism. We batted first and scored 133, losing only one wicket. In the second innings we ended with about 16 wickets and a couple of hattricks. An easy win against some players new to the game.
Two home games to go against Bungay and Diss. Should be good if the team keep playing so well.