On a beautiful morning at Mill Hill Road, the u11s entertained Port Sunlight. Skipper Joe won the toss and elected to field.
The bowling display got off to a good start with Harrison bowling one of the Sunlight openers in the first over, however from that point on the team just chugged along without ever really getting going properly. Runs never really flowed either however and, despite a generally lacklustre fielding display, the team took 5 catches and a run out. Ollie's excellent diving catch was the pick of the bunch. Harrison got 2 wickets with Teddy, Joe, Ollie and Tom each picking up one. Port Sunlight finished on 259, a total that was a good few more than it could have been due to quite a few mishaps in the field.
Despite a fairly experimental side confidence was strong that the team would chase the required runs given a good wicket and fast outfield. How unfounded that confidence proved. Experienced opening pair Joe and Tom got us off fairly brightly, but not entirely on the right track by managing to be dismissed 3 times, including a catastrophic run out - a theme that would be continued and give the coach Wallasey flashbacks. Wickets continued to fall regularly with the next two pairs, despite a few good shots here and there, and the total barely advanced. A reasonable outing from fourth pair Ollie and Will F gave us a sniff of victory at 238 with 4 overs remaining and the last pair coming to the crease. Alex and Teddy scored 10 runs off the first 2 overs but lost one wicket to leave the team still 15 behind. However things then clicked and the last two overs delivered a mammoth 27 runs. The team had somehow managed to get home by 11 runs, a margin that probably sounds a lot more comfortable than it felt. Alex scored 21 runs, Ollie 15, Tom 14 and both Harrison and Teddy scored 10, however the 12 wickets lost meant a lot of the contributions were actually far smaller than that. 4 needless run outs made a generally poor batting effort worse and the Sunlight team deserve credit for some excellent fielding that stopped sure boundaries, another area that the u11s could definitely take some pointers from.
All in all it was a generally poor performance, albeit resting a number of players who regularly contribute, but the team managed to claw themselves into contention eventually and then deliver when it really mattered. I don't think this week's Mars Bar Moment is really in doubt and goes to Alex who despatched the team's first ever hard ball 6 miles over the mid-wicket boundary with as clean a strike as you could ever wish to see at a crucial moment to bring the team within 1 run of victory.