A balmy evening at Castle Hill saw our under 11 Bs welcome a depleted Cranbrook team. Injuries and availability had affected both teams so we had 8 v 7 in our favour, though we provided Cranbrook with an extra fielder.
CHCC won the toss and decided to bat. Harry and Artie got off a flyer against the Cranbrook opening bowlers who are both district players, some mighty blows from HK saw CHCC race to 35 off the first 4 overs. A change of ends brought a change of luck to Cranbrook, their first change bowler putting in a fine two overs having first Artie, then Harry and then Elliot all caught behind by their keeper. JJ hit two nice 4s before being caught out and suddenly it looked a little precarious, 10 overs left but only 3 wickets left. Ben Perry then came in and played a superbly controlled innings supported along the way by Jack, Oscar and finally Callum. Castle Hill posted 88 for 6 with Harry top scoring with a fine 24 and Ben retiring on 16.
CHCC knew there weren’t many runs to play with and I am pleased to report that the bowling and fielding was a marked improvement on the first two games. Harry and Elliot opened up with speed and venom with one of their openers falling to Harry 3rd ball and the first 4 overs only going for 12 runs. The first bowling change saw Callum and Ben P come on, Callum duly picking up the wicket of Cranbrook’s other opener and Ben also bowled a tight line and great length which left Cranbrook on only 34 after 8 overs.
The next bowling pair Of Oscar and Jack also bowled really well and by the time their batsmen began to swing it was looking like too little too late.
The final overs saw Callum return to the attack and combined with some great work in the field by Oscar and behind the stumps from Artie CHCC ran out the last danger man. An immaculate maiden followed from Harry which left Cranbrook needing 27 from the final 2 overs. Up stepped Callum who continued to enhance his fearsome reputation as the bowling finisher by cleaning up their last two batsmen.
CHCC U11 Bs beat Cranbrook by 24 runs.
A fine performance from the boys who really played well, every boy played their part in a great team victory. The improvement in the bowling and fielding was marked and a sign that the boys are getting over the rustiness of the first few games. Next up is Bells Yew Green, away on 4th June…