This week the Under 14 Reds were at home against an experienced Tea Tree Gully team with some talented batsmen. The day was gloomy and rain threatened to delay the start. Win the toss and bat on a potentially wet wicket or choose to bowl and have to worry about a wet ball – the pitch said bowl and Angas duly won the toss and put us in the field. So we began – in the rain!
Hamish and Will started very well – tight bowling keeping scoring opportunities to a minimum and after they had bowled their 12 TTG were 1/19 and we were well on top. This continued with Sam Bruce and Alex Wakeham and at tea we had them under pressure at 4 for 51 off 30.
This pressure continued after tea with Liam Greber on top with 2 for 8 from his first 6 and at 6 for 59 the Gullies were in real trouble. Then we stopped making things happen…..the edge came off our game; misfields, dropped catches, a missed run out and then a shocker from the square leg umpire – unable to see the batsman out of his ground by a metre and a half. We lost our intensity and runs came. Two batters got going and we didn’t stem the tide.
Back came the openers and then came the wickets…finally. The damage was done and what should have been all out 100 had turned into all out 157. Hamish 2, Will 2, Alex and Sam one each and Liam G 3 for 8.
On the positive side – a brilliant catch to Liam Winskill behind the stumps, patches of good fielding and bowling and Oh yes also the opportunity to bat next week and show our talent with the bat. Just over 2.5 runs an over will be enough but we will need to start well and build! This is our chance to showcase our batting talent – go get ‘em boys!
(apologies to Graeme Klemm whose match reports are the best I have read and make great reading!!)