With a start stop season for all junior teams the U13’s have seen an unprecedented number of games cancelled by weather and opposition conceding due to player numbers. Fortunately the sun seems to shine at the weekends and this year we’ve arranged a number of friendly matches against other clubs. So far this season there have been friendlies against CCA, Market Harborough and Oakham for both the A and B teams but also allowing the chance for some of the U11’s to experience “out is out”.
The U13B’s having played Market Harborough twice have lost one and won one, this week they played them in the last league game of the season. MH won the toss a decided to bat, but with a controlled opening spell from Felix Mauger and Ben Mackel ensured they didn’t get off to a flyer. After Felix reverted to over the wicket he was able to pick up the first and last wicket of the innings clean blowing there opening batsman. Former KCC junior Will Noble batted well and retired on 26 with Will Murray also scoring 26 Not Out. Some fine bowling at the back of the innings restricted the opposition to 119-1 off their 20 overs. Opening pair Kai Williamson and Alfie Wesley put on a sound opening partnership. Alfie raced to 25 runs to the disappointment of the spectators as they were enjoying watching some superb drives through the offside.
With new batsman Ollie Senior we were now in a position to look at picking up the run rate. Unfortunately a change of bowlers brought about a wicket with Kai (captain) looking set he was unable to keep out a low one. A few words from the non-striker Ollie to the new batsman Felix Mauger suggested having a look at the new bowler and playing himself in. See ball hit ball, as his first four balls went, 4-4-4-6 to the excitement of team mates gave a boost to the run rate. Felix then retired on 26 after the following over for whirlwind cameo to the relief of the bowlers. Bertie having not been available for much of the season now came into bat. The non-stirker had been a spectator at the other end but now needed to continue the run chase, with some well selected shots the score moved along at a rate to keep us in touch of the total. Bertie batted well to rotate the strike with some tidy bowling from MH not giving us many extras or four balls to hit. With the run rate at 6 an over this was going to be a close finish, some well timed boundaries from Ollie meant that we needed 5 from the last over. With Ollie facing a two from the first ball meant we needed 3 to win, then caught in two minds a shot over the top was well caught at mid-on for a valuable knock of 19 for the team. Four balls left for new batsman James Andrews to hit the winning runs, but with a good line from the pick of their bowlers we were unable to get the runs need for what was a very well-played match against a good opposition. The good news is that we finished top of our group with MH second.