Kibworth’s u13’s hosted a double header on Sunday, knowing that victory against both Medbourne and Stoughton&Thurnby would take them to yet another county semi-final. Bowling first in game number one, Jack Bellamy ( 2-11 ) & Ed Wall ( 1-4 ) gave the Medbourne batsmen a torrid time and few scoring chances. At the midway stage of their 20 overs, our rivals had crawled to 30-4. At this point Medbourne decided to be more positive and closed their innings on 91-7. Harry Pounds ( 1-12 ) & Tejas ( 1-20 ) took a wicket each in tidy spells, 2 run-outs were also executed. So, with a modest total to chase our boys must’ve felt confident, for 3 overs at least ! However, having raced to 22 without a problem, suddenly Kibworth found themselves 38-5, we were favourites no more ! Cool heads and steely determination were now sought. Batting sensibly and patiently, Jack Bellamy & Lewis Scott not only got us back into the game, their unbroken 50 partnership took Kibworth
to the brink of victoty. Jack retired on 25, Lewis reached 15 not out. The winning runs were confidently struck by Harry Jones in the 18th over.
Next up on ‘Super Sunday’ came the challenge of Stoughton&Thurnby. Once again Kibworth chose to field first, but it was our visitors who made the better start, reaching 58-0 after 10 overs. Blustery conditions made bowling tricky, but Kibworth juggled their bowling options and stuck to their task. Once Ed Wall had removed dangerman, Robbie Spencer for 9, the run rate slowed noticeably. Excellent spells from Harry Pounds ( 2-11 ) & Josh Moore ( 2-13 ) meant that S&T were restricted to a surprisingly well below par 86-5. As in the previous game, Kibworth began well as Freddie Pover hit a brisk 15, Josh Moore a patient 10 and Poundsy retired on 25. With no middle order collapse to contend with this time, Jack Bellamy and Lewis Scott once again guided our boys to a convincing victory and a place in the semi-finals. As ever, many thanks to the superb support & help of the parents.