The last junior practice of the season was scheduled to be the grudge match of the season….the parents and coaches playing the Juniors in a pairs match. There were a few kids excited to be bowling against their mums and dads and there was certainly one or two apprehensive parents in the ranks.
There were so many sub-plots that I’ll summarise the action:-
The Juniors managed to take 11 wickets, reducing the parents score by 55 runs – making it a net 97;
Coach Jon showed little mercy as he despatched Mohit, Mikey and Jim for several boundaries including two 6s;
The mums all did brilliantly, although all were out at least once. The Juniors definitely went lightly on their mums – the threat of no tea the next day was a strong incentive to not get them out;
Gary Thompson’s mix of head high beamers and devastating spin could have seen him removed from the attack, but still took two wickets;
Bec Reeve bowled very well and was committed in the field, losing a finger nail and getting walloped on the knee;
‘Grandad’ Jim Garratt turned out for the juniors and hit an excellent 33 runs – I think we need to check his birth certificate – definitely a new signing for the Seniors!
Karen Garratt found the famous slope a tricky test in the field, with the spectators wondering if they were watching in slow-motion as she avoided a tumble;
Lindsey Smith batted very well until she also took a tumble and was run out;
Lorraine Morrissey ended the night with an ice-pack after the bat mysteriously jumped up and hit her knee;
The Juniors were only dismissed 8 times and ended up winning by 7 runs, Anya Neal and Katie Morrissey getting them over the line in the last pair with good contributions from them all.
It was an excellent evening’s fun, everyone had a smile on their faces, even with the bumps and cuts and bruises. That’s it for the season, we hope to see as many of you as possible on Saturday 12th August at Cogenhoe for the President’s Day [which should include a BBQ and Bouncy Castle] and then the Presentation Night on Saturday 11th November.
A few photos from last night….