CCCC U11 v Cambridge St Giles CC U11 (Match Report)

CCCC U11 – 56 for 7 (20 overs)

St Giles CC U11 – 143 for 2 (20 overs)

St Giles CC U11 Win

Despite the result it was a valiant opening performance from CCCC U11s as they took on a very good St Giles team boasting a large number of Cambs U11 county players.

On a very hot evening CCCC had to start with 10 players as their captain appeared to be suffering from sun stroke and could not take the field. Not a great start but Ash calmly took over as captain and won the toss, putting St Giles into bat.

CCCC opted to open with pace from Will however, despite his best efforts, the St Giles batsmen were not perturbed and started scoring freely. This was not helped by some ‘rusty’ fielding from CCCC. Jonty almost made an early breakthrough with an LBW appeal, however there was doubt as to whether it pitched in line or outside leg stump, due to his left arm over action – DRS was needed, but was sadly unavailable!

It wasn’t long before Connor made the breakthrough with a fast rising ball outside off that Tommy took well behind the stumps. CCCC’s only other wicket came when Tommy swapped keeping duties with Will and got a good LBW decision. The fielding also improved, with Jonty, Ted and Alfie making great diving saves on the boundary to stop 4s, and Ash did a lot of backing up throws.

Alex was the tightest of the bowlers, only conceding 7 runs in his two overs. Arthur and Chris also bowled well.

In reply, CCCC lost a couple of early wickets and struggled to impose themselves on St Giles. Ash batted well for 9, but it wasn’t until Connor came in at 5 that CCCC started to score more freely. Whilst the other batsmen were quite tentative, Connor threw his hands through the ball when offered width and scored a number of very good 4s.

CCCC’s best partnership occurred when Jemaira (who had arrived after playing for the county and fielding part way through the St Giles innings) joined Connor. Jemaira helped calm her brother’s running as well as scoring 10 runs herself.

In the end CCCC were a long way short of St Giles’ score, however they weren’t bowled out and showed some good fight. Considering it was the first game of the season, against a very strong side, the team did well, with everyone contributing in at least one aspect of their game (bowling, fielding or batting).

Man of the match performance was by Connor for getting the opening wicket and top scoring. Thanks to Callum for scoring and Naomi, Harri and Clara for doing the drinks.