Everyone says that CHCC U11As are a 'hit'; however yesterday they became a 'direct hit' after they dismissed Holmesdale batsmen not just once but twice from direct hits in the space of two overs. The first was from Ollie who only had a single stump to aim at from cover point, the second was from Harrison and came from one of his power throws from mid off.
Running someone out from a direct hit is one of the greatest pleasures in life (the author has only managed it once in his entire career) and they put a stranglehold on the Holmesdale innings from which they never recovered having elected to bat first.
This was by far the best bowling performance this season from the home side and accurate tight bowling and fielding meant the Holmesdale batsmen had to resort to taking risky singles. The run outs also seemed to inject some confidence and a swagger in the home side who never felt in any danger of losing from this point.
All the bowlers excelled with the most accurate being Ewan 2 overs for 3 runs, Henry 2 overs for 4 runs and Bear 2 overs for 8 runs. Aside from the runs outs wickets were taken by Harrison, Bear, Tom and Artie.
In reply to Holmesdale's 83-7 Castle Hill were always up with the required rate. Ted played a more sedate anchor role this time ending up on 27 not out as his partners Bear (7), Harrison (10) and then Ewan (19) plundered the rather dispirited bowlers. A comfortable win was achieved with nearly 6 overs to spare and made up for the disappointing last over loss to the visitors earlier this summer.
Result: Castle Hill win by 4 wickets. Ricky Gervais nowhere to be seen.