These days are often called a bad day at the office.
It started with losing the toss, and being invited to bat first, and then despite our best efforts with bat and ball we were outplayed in every department.
The artificial wicket played its part and you could see from outset that our batsmen were not use to the extra bounce.
Aidan and Mikey opened the innings and 2nd ball Aidan was very smartly stumped. The wicketkeeper standing up to a decent pace bowler and very little could have been done to prevent it. The pair managed to bat out with no further dismissals and a couple of good shots from Aidan.
Anya and debutant for the under 11’s Thomas “Jeff” Redmond were the 2nd pair. Anya played a few shots with newly donated bat and Thomas held his own in 1st game. Unfortunately the good bowling continued and both of them fell to a good delivery and were bowled. This left us with a bit of a mountain to climb as we were now not many for 3 and needed a strong finish.
Mohit and Niamh have been batting really well together and came in again as our 3rd pair. They both played really positively, especially Mohit. Neither of them lost their wicket and Mohit again top scored and his calling was very good. His development at this level has been great the coaches are really pleased with his effort and performances this year at under 11.
Jacob and Will came in to finish our batting having been given a glimmer of hope by the previous pair and a sight of what is possible. Unfortunately a couple of run outs a peice, 1 possibly not helped by us parents and coaches shouting for a 2nd run, and Jacob being bowled left us with a score of 241 for 6 (net 211). A huge bowling performance was needed.
Bowling and fielding has been our strong point this year but the class of opposition and the fact that they train and play on this artificial wicket certainly showed in their batting. Having said that on a day we needed to bowl at our best we gave away more extras than in any other game this year. All our bowlers suffered in terms of runs off the bat with only Aidan and Jacob not bowling any wides. There were very few highlights in the bowling but I can name 3 that stick in the mind. Thomas’s fielding at back stop was excellent, Anya’s sharp thinking to make a complete a great run out and Will’s superb running catch in the deep! ON’s finished on 366 for 2 (net 356).
In the end a heavy defeat by a bigger club but I was very proud of Cogenhoe’s consistent effort and endeavour throughout.
When asked what they have learnt from today’s experience they said “we must keep our eye on the ball when batting”, “concentrate on our straight lines when bowling” and “always look to back each other up in the field”. Great observations from a committed bunch.
We roll onto next week, better for the experience and keen to learn.
Come on you Cooks!!