14 whites V Woodville
A young and inexperienced under 14 white team headed to Haslam oval Hard wicket with a huge amount of enthusiasm. For 11 of 12 of the young browns this was their first venture into the under 14 district comp. The boys had all sorts of positive conversations going on and the team seemed to be super confident! Oscar Lawrence (captain) won the toss and elected to bat on what was an almost perfect day for batting. Unfortunately, things went rapidly downhill from there with us losing a wicket in the first over then another in the second and a 3rd in the sixth, having us reeling at 3/7. The young Browns confidence had taken a rapid shock to the system however Lachlan Austerberry was showing great resistance and determination. Unfortunately, he lost his fight after surviving for 17 overs. We lost our 4th, 5th & 6th wickets in quick succession and were in real trouble at 6/31 in the 17th. Step in Oscar Lawrence who batted with some real maturity and formed a handy partnership with Theo Harper with a partnership of 33 runs unfortunately Theo hitting one in the air and being caught. Wickets keep falling in regular succession with only Mitchell Makings showing some resistance. Oscar finished with 20, unfortunately being bowled late in the innings. A real captain’s knock under pressure. The Browns all out for 80 after 42 overs.
With 16 overs left to go in the day the boys had lost a bit of confidence, however, after a quick pep talk and the realisation that we only needed 10 wicket taking balls to win, the lads took the field, upbeat and seeking quick wickets! Wow what a start they delivered, taking wickets in regular fashion. We were on a roll and things were quickly swinging in our favour. Oscar (captain) swung multiple bowling changes and got a result each time. Woodville reeling at 6 for 43 after 16 overs. 6 bowlers used and 5 different wicket takers!
We knew we needed quick wickets if we were to win and 2 quick wickets we got pushing Woodville to 8/71, however, that’s where it ended for the young Browns not being able to get the last two wickets for another 12 overs, Woodville all out for 118. Poor bowling hampered us and we unfortunately bowled 35 extras which probably lost us the game.
Batting again, we set the task to bat the remaining 35 overs out but threw the order around a little to try and get all boys a bit of time in the middle. Again, we lost a wicket in the first over but had a great deal more resistance with Kyle Adams showing some class playing shots on all sides of the wicket. Hugo Ellery showed that he is a player of the future timing the ball nicely before losing a bit of concentration and being bowled. Cameron Atherton was promoted to no.5 after batting no.12 in the first innings and set about building a partnership with Kyle. The boys batting for 14 overs for a partnership of 49 runs. Unfortunately, Kyle losing his wicket after making a classy 38 runs. We lost a few more quick wickets and again, Oscar Lawrence stepped up and settled the innings with a quick 29. Cameron lost his fight but showed that he will be able to win us a game in the future. The day ended with us 8/108, however, there were some very positive signs!
Bring on the next game!