Yet another warm evening and a slightly more focused Castle Hill Championship Team arrived at CHCC to amend for the previous Monday’s events.
Bells Yew Green elected to bat and Ben A and skipper Harry opened with a fiery four overs down the slope, Harry taking two wickets and Ben A showing how much his bowling has developed this year. The bowling continued to be tight but suddenly the fielding was looking inspired. Rufus was making backward point his own showing signs of an Eoin Morgan stopping ability (guess everyone’s a bit young for Jonty Rhodes now?) which seemed to lift everyone. Ollie then stepped up to bowl, took a wicket first ball and looked round as if wondering what all the fuss was about before being swamped by his team mates. Then Rufus did the same! BYG restricted to 78 in their 16 overs.
After a short tea interval (chocolate fingers, flapjacks, Tunnocks tea cakes, Swiss roll for those who care about such crucial things) and Castle Hill padded up.
Aadi and Artie opened and batted sensibly, with some aggressive intent. Aadi got a good one, which brought Ben P to the crease for a cameo which included a calypso straight drive for four. Harry then found out why leg-breaks are a bit awkward despite looking somewhat innocuous but Artie continued to bat really well and retired on 27. Ollie was run out (still dreaming of his bowling?) which brought Oscar and Callum together. They batted solidly focusing on that 79 target and put on 20 together until Oscar fell. It was left to Callum to hit the winning runs to the boundary with four overs to go....and the team went mad.
This was a really good performance to finish off the league season. BYG had a few youngsters playing but their bowling was good. Castle Hill showed that they have all learned a lot this year and everyone chipped in for the victory. But the key thing, was that everyone was smiling at the end. Also a big thank you to all the parents on the boundary for encouraging the team. An enjoyable evening all round.