Batting first against Caldy Grange Grammar School, only Sam Bixby managed to master some of the difficulties of playing on a worn, dry, dusty wicket.
Before being retired on 52 having played many mature shots only George Smith – Edwards gave Sam any real support in the middle ending up with 24 himself out of our total of 101.
In reply Caldy scored 102 for 2, winning by eight wickets. Playing against the quality of their top four batsmen our bowling must improve which will only happen with greater and consistent dedication to detail.
The U13A’s hosted Caldy Grange at New Field on Sunday, and though rain threatened throughout, the match went ahead unhindered.
The visitors won the toss and elected to field first, and so Arran Sen and Henry Battersby strode out to the crease. Both weathered the storm from the talented opening bowlers, with Henry playing several solid defensive shots to keep his wicket.
Eventually though the breakthrough was made, and Henry departed, bringing Josh Stewart to the crease. Though known mainly for his bowling, Josh fancied a chance to show his worth as a batsman in this match, was promoted to three, and took the opportunity with both hands. Through clever batting, clear communication and well-executed tactics, Arran & Josh began to build a strong partnership.
They acknowledged the fact that the wet outfield would make it hard to score boundaries, and began dropping the ball into gaps to run for 1’s and 2’s, constantly rotating the strike to make it difficult for the bowlers.
Arran was the chief architect in this, and after Josh fell for a well-made 22, Arran continued apace to notch up a maiden half-century for the school, retiring on 53. It was a truly classy and clever knock that all in attendance were captivated by, congratulations Arran.
The hard task of following Arran fell to Chay Bonnington & George Watkins, who guided Rydal home with some valuable runs in the final overs to take the total to 126.
A quick turn-around was required to diminish the effects of any coming rain, with the ball being thrown to Laurence Richardson to open the bowling alongside John Williams. They started in a way that was to become a theme throughout Rydal’s bowling attack, in that they offered the batsmen few opportunities to score, albeit for a wide ball here and there.
Those that have been following the U13A’s this season will be all too familiar with our arch nemesis, the extras column.
Though this tricky foe has bested us on many occasions, the tide appears to be turning, and we may finally be winning the long and arduous war against the wide ball. I say this because the accuracy of our bowling attack was much improved this weekend, with far fewer wides being bowled.
This was epitomised by Chay Bonnington’s two overs, where one wide ball in each over prevented him from recording two maiden overs. Arran Sen too continued his fine bowling form, with only one run scored from his two overs.
With the extras column finally behaving, Rydal managed to restrict the visitors to 113 runs, winning by a comfortable 13 runs. After a few losses, the U13A’s have returned to winning ways, where I hope they can remain as the season draws to a close.”
A really pleasing improved and pleasing performance for the u13b team against a far better team. The opposition managed an impressive 153-1 so our target was to survive 21 overs to bet out for the draw.
At 21-5, it did not augur well but a 42 run partnership between Zac Roberts (19) and Johnathan Osbourne (15) ate up a number of overs.
However, Caldy secured a further four wickets to leave Tom Richards and Eve Durrans with three overs to survive.
This they accomplished with aplomb which left us with an honourable draw at 88-9.