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Under 13s 2013
U13 V ENFIELD A
THURS 4 JULY
ACCRINGTON 252 – 6 WICKETS ENFIELD 233 – 7 WICKETS
Henry Hindle 22 not out Luke Meechan 2-1-2-1
What a contrast to the last game, everything we did wrong the previous week we did right in the local derby against Enfield picking up our 2nd win of the season. The best bowling and fielding display of the season so far, together with the last pair keeping their heads, were the main reasons behind the victory. Enfield batted first and it was two players who haven’t played many games this season who had the biggest impact. Firstly Luke certainly didn’t live up to his nickname as he swooped on the ball at square leg, picked it up first time then threw the ball in and ran out the Enfield batsman with a direct hit. He then took a wicket in his first over thanks to a fine catch from Henry. In the next over Bailey, who was making his debut at this level, was rewarded for bowling straight with a wicket, clean bowling the batter. To say he was happy is an understatement as he had done two laps of the field waving his shirt above his head before his teammates could catch him to congratulate him. Matt, standing in for Ben, who was hurtling up the M6 on his way back from Wigan, had his best game yet behind the sticks, conceding only one bye. We bowled only 2 wides in the innings, a huge improvement from previous games.
Thomas and Lewis got us off to a great start putting on 21 between them. Over the next few overs we seemed to be taking one step forward and two steps back as we were hitting boundaries but then losing wickets. Ben and debutant Bailey were the 3rd pair in and what can only be described as kamikaze running put us on the back foot again. Their comment of ‘wanting to make it an exciting finish’ did not go down too well with the Accrington umpire who by this time was close to a heart attack as it looked as though there could be a run out off every ball. Ben though did hit the best shot of the day, an exquisite cover drive all the way along the floor for four. This all meant that the last pair of Henry and Matt needed 17 to win, providing no more wickets were lost. With the coaches instructions still ringing in their ears they proceeded to play calmly, keeping the ball on the floor. Three excellent boundaries from Henry in the penultimate over put us in the driving seat, and left us needing only to see out the last over. Matt ended the game with a six off the last ball which landed on top of the practice net in the middle – a fitting way to end a fantastic team performance.
U13 v LOWERHOUSE (3)
The less said about this game the better! The opposition were much more disciplined in their approach to batting, defending the straight balls and smashing the bad balls for four. Again we lost too many wickets to balls that were straight and in the field we gave away 27 extras. The only wicket to fall in the Lowerhouse innings was a stumping by Ben off Riley, although there were murmurings amongst the packed crowd that it wasn’t out and the umpire was feeling sorry for them by that time, a claim strenuously denied afterwards by the stand- in Accrington umpire! Definitely a game to put behind us and move on.
U13 V HASLINGDEN H
MON 17 JUNE
ACCRINGTON 234 – 6 WICKETS HASLINGDEN 225 – 5 WICKETS
Henry Hindle 26 not out
You’ve heard it before, ‘catches win matches’ and it was certainly true as the U13 won their first game of the season against Haslingden. We saw two of the best catches we are likely to see all season, firstly Thomas flying through the air (you can all picture it now) to take a catch one handed and then Anthony running in from the boundary, diving forward holding the ball just inches from the ground. Everybody bowled well to defend a relatively small total, taking wickets at vital times. The game went down to the final ball with the Haslingden batter being run out going for the 2nd run that would have tied the game. Earlier Henry got us off to a great start hitting several boundaries in his 26. Everyone else chipped in with a few but we are still losing too many wickets. Fortunately we managed to scrape hope this time.
U13 V RISHTON A
U13 V ENFIELD H
With the wind howling across Ark Park the U13 kicked off their league programme with a narrow defeat against their local rivals. Accrington got off to a steady start with the first pair, Henry and Ben putting on 20 and losing one wicket. However 2 wickets in two balls from the Enfield late arrival pushed the score back to square one. A few well struck boundaries late on from Harris, Thomas and Matt set a challenging total for the visitors. A couple of early wickets from Thomas and Henry put some pressure on the Enfield batsmen but that was to be the only success as the last pair batted well to see their side home.