OW’s U13s arrived at Cogenhoe having only played once this season due to bad weather or unavailability. Cogenhoe were reduced to 10 players due to a late illness withdrawal but there was some optimism that our opponents would be equally inexperienced.
OW’s batted first and rotated their batsmen to give some of the boys a chance who had not previously batted and this helped the Cook’s enormously as Prashil and Jake struck quickly, reducing them to 7-3. At this stage the Cooks were definitely on top as the younger OW’s players were involved, but as the older, bigger lads entered the fray, the tide began to turn in their favour as the ball began to be hit harder and more regularly.
However, the Cooks showed great determination and fielded very well across the board, with a run out apiece for Mikey Smith and Jake with Liam wading in with two good catches, but the OW’s had put a hefty 148-6 on the board. Three of four chances did go down that may have restricted the score, but generally the fielding was much improved from the day before.
Also, given in their last match OW’s had hit 170+ against Horton, that was a good return.
A good start from the top order was needed if we were to make any in-roads into the score, and the instruction was to have fun and give it a go. George and Liam fancied their chances, but both were caught straight away and then Jake and Mohit followed them back to the pavilion with the score at 6-4!!!
With the top 4 gone, usually we would be happy to scrape another 10-20 runs together but Aidan and Prashil led a mini-revival. Aidan batted better than he ever has, playing a mix of attacking and defensive strokes until he was undone by a quick full toss for a career-high 25 from 34 balls. Prashil was struggling to beat the in-fielders, but batted through to the end of the innings for 8no from 40 balls [average protection was being discussed!].
Will, Mikey, Thomas and Niamh all had a go and we ended up with a final score of 66-9 which seemed a long way off in the first three overs.
The boys and girls did really well tonight, the key being their fundamentals were much better. The coaches could hear the calling, the backing up was excellent and the fielding was what it should be. Now if we could just work it so all of the team scored a few runs on the same night…..
Thanks to Charlie for umpiring and Ben for scoring and all of the fantastic support from parents.