The first half of the Junior Cricket season finished on Saturday with the traditional Parents vs Kids and Dads vs Lads matches.
In the U11 match, there was some lusty (and not so lusty) hitting from the parents to tote up a respectable score of 56 in 12 overs. This was despite some canny bowling from Alexander, several sharply taken catches in the outfield from, amongst others, Louis-Gabriel, Alasdair, and Jean. In reply, the boys rattled along before a mild splutter within sight of the finish line meant that two runs were needed from the final ball of the match, bowled by your correspondent. A heave into the legside brought just one run the wicket was broken, and the match was declared a tie.
Then for the first time in living memory, the second match also finished in a tie.
Here, the Dads' captain (again, your correspondent, who was also umpiring, scoring, and had earlier put the tea on) won the toss and decided to bat. However, his plan for openers to bat most of the 10 overs available was rather scuppered by Camille Willey, on return from Nantes for the school holidays, bowling a double-wicket maiden in the first over of the match. Some order was restored and serene progress to a score of 59 seemed to be enough as some of the lads struggled to time the ball into the myriad of gaps in the field by a captain with only limited fielding resources at his disposal. However, once again the lads rallied, thanks in part to an innovative batting order put together by their captain, Hugo, who was entirely vindicated when the tying run was scored off the last ball of the match.Junior cricket will start again