A huge crowd turned out on a sunny Sunday morning to cheer on the U13 A’s in their County Final against Soar Valley.
The visitors batted first and a tremendous bowling and fielding performance restricted Soar Valley to 82 all out from their allocation of 20 overs.
Jack Bellamy did the damage at the top of the innings by removing the opening pair in a terrific opening spell of 4 overs 2 for 13. Jack was well supported by Mahang Patel who took 3 for 11 later in the innings.
The boys and coaches were happy at half time and satisfied with their performance in the field and confident going into the run chase.
However, things started badly with Ragiv being run out early and then prolific middle order batsman Jack Houlihan quickly following for a duck. Josh Moore then batted very well for 20 and with Mahang still at the crease hopes remained high of victory. But after Josh was dismissed we were dealt a seemingly terminal blow with a hat trick in the 15th over which saw Pounds, Pover and Wall dismissed in successive balls. The feeling of doom was compounded when Mahang departed trying to up the pace as the visitors turned the screw with some tight bowling and excellent fielding. All seemed lost with last wicket pair Jack Bellamy and Ben Cole at the crease and 8 an over needed. However, they showed great character and no little skill as some good stroke play from Bellamy (who had a great match), and some positive running from Cole got the target down to 5 off the last over. Ben scampered a single off the first ball but Jack was then bowled and the boys came up just short. A great effort from the team who can hold their heads up high, and they showed their character by bouncing back on Monday evening to get back to winning ways at Medbourne.
Further consolation comes in the form that 9 of the team will still be eligible to play in this age group next season and so another shot at the Nationals awaits!
Thanks to everyone who came down to watch….it was great to have so many people, in addition to our loyal parents and it helped to turn the match into a real occasion of which everyone should be proud.