Inauguration of the new cricket pitch: an action packed week end
After all the efforts by the ground staff and a group of senior players who had helped them in midweek, we were finally ready to experience the all-new surface and its bounce.
It started on Saturday morning as the U11s mixed with their parents for the most balanced game we could hope for. Shakeel, the assistant coach, led his team to a competitive 43 with some solid batting as they resisted an experienced bowling attack. Ian Laurent captaining the other team opted for a strong opening partnership that quickly gave them what looked like a decisive advantage in the game. With 12 needed off the last 4 overs after the middle order had done their best to keep up the run rate, it looked easy. However, some brilliant catching in the following two overs brought a collapse as wickets are counted -2 in that format. Ian came on with one of our younger players for the last two still needing 13! Some quick singles brought them closer and closer and it was left to the last ball with one needed to tie and two to win. A last single meant honours were shared.
It was then up to the U16s to regroup and face their parents. Playing 8-a-side in a 9 over format, Shakeel won the toss again and decided to field first. Captain Simon Bayly opened the batting with Matthew Curtin. The score was nicely ticking as Simon twice found the boundary from Shakeel's bowling while Matthew helped with a few singles. Miles then caught his father and in came Simon Marrison who impressed with some nice drives. After successive fours, Matthew Curtin was out to Camille's first ball and batsman n°4 Shashan came to the crease. The partnership with Simon was very solid as they took their team's total up to around 70 before retiring and getting run out leaving Ian and Max to see out the innings in the last two overs, Ian sharing in with a quick 13. Every junior bowled and Edouard was the other wicket taker rewarded for his perseverance
With 86 up on the scoreboard, it felt like a defendable target.
However, with Camille and Matthieu in good batting form sharing four boundaries between them they raced to a good total of their own helped by Shakeel's 23 as he lofted three effortless sixes over the bowler's head.
As in the previous game it was down to the last delivery with two needed for a win. Left hander Matthieu with some good foot work sent it just behind square leg and they ran three for a memorable win.
In the afternoon, the senior side played their game against Savigny.
On Sunday morning, the pavillion was open again and a nets session was organised with beginners welcome. After a light breakfast in the Club house, the participants warmed up and new boy Stéphane from our Football Sunday XI experienced the art of bowling for the first time. Look out for more Breakfast&Nets sessions on Sunday mornings as members, whatever their level, are welcome to take part in this very social feature at the Club.