Under 13’s v Oakfield

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At last a perfect evening for cricket as the under 13’s took on Oakfield at Whitehall Farm. On losing the toss skipper Scott Haywood was pleased to be asked to bowl and he opened with Tom Hill and Charlie Parsons. Charlie immediately made the break  through clean bowled and when Tom did the same and then took an excellent caught and bowled its 6-3 after 3. This quickly became 6-4 when Charlie had another wicket  clean bowled. Scott Aspinall took over from Tom and was upset with himself as his radar was slightly off in his first over but he should have more faith in his ability as in his second over his third ball was athletically and expertly caught by Adam Kenworthy-Fahey, his 5th caught behind by Luke Haywood and his 6th got his third wicket in four balls as Luke completed a razor sharp stumping and 19-4 had suddenly become 21-7. Ollie Orton joined in with Adam taking another excellent catch. James Taylor then bowled tidily and Joe Cummings started with a wicket maiden and followed that with another maiden and Oakfield were 9 down. The last pair started a recovery putting on 16 but this was quickly ended when the returning Tom Hill claimed his third wicket with another excellent delivery. A good performance in the field but gifting the opposition 33 runs in extras (30 wides) was a little generous.

Tom Hill – 2.2-0-3-3

Charlie Parsons – 3-2-2-2

Scott Aspinall  – 3-0-16-3

Ollie Orton – 3-0-10-1

Joe Cummings – 2-2-0-1

Luke and Scott Haywood opened up for Itchington chasing 46 and were tied down by an excellent opening spell with only 6 runs coming off the first 5 overs before Scott got a jaffa and Max Holtby joined Luke. They both batted steadily not taking risks knowing they were only chasing a low total and Luke eventually broke the shackles with a boundary and a couple of cracking drives. However Luke hit a powerful drive on the up but was well caught and it’s 31-2 off 12. Will Orton joined Max and immediately started positively and the scoring rate increased. Max having seen the side nearly across the line was bowled and this left Adam Kenworthy-Fahey to join Will with 7 required. Will then hit the shot of the day with a sumptuous straight drive and after another couple of runs the lads were home with 3 overs and 7 wickets to spare. In the end a hard fought win against a good bowling side but it was good experience for all and it was pleasing to see  Will and Adam batting well at the end to see the side home.

Luke Haywood – 12

Will Orton – 9no.

Max Holtby – 7

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