The 2017 Junior Cricket season finished on Saturday with the traditional Parents vs Kids and Dads vs Lads matches.
In the well-attended Parents vs Kids match, the parents batted first and made steady progress despite a brilliant catch in the outfield by Rory early on. However, the innings was turned on its head when Louis-Gabriel, bowling full and straight, put some midweek practice to good use to take five wickets in a single over (the other ball was a missed run out). As each dismissal cost the batting side five runs under the rules of Kwik cricket, this rocketed the score downwards towards a much more gettable total. And despite some big hitting in the final overs from David (and another outstanding catch in the outfield from Louis-Gabriel), the kids needed only 21 to retain bragging rights all winter. Some over ambitious shot selection had the score sitting at -13 at one point before Nick and Alexander batted sensibly to pull the kids back into contention. Rory and Stanislas then carried on the good work before it was left to the final pair of Benoit and Sam to not get out more than twice in the final two overs. This they managed to scenes of unbridled joy from their teammates.
Stung by this result, the Dads came out swinging in the second match. They were aided by some early arriving senior players (many thanks to Jyothykumar Devaraj, for not only fitting new grips to the kids' bats during the season, but for also opening the innings in this game and presenting caps to the players who were playing their first game for Standard). In a lightning six over match (shortened to accommodate the early start to the senior game), the Dads managed 35 in their allocated overs. They were especially aided by a wide variety of wide deliveries. In their reply, the lads managed to keep up with the run rate, despite Joseph voluntarily retiring and a late wobble that left them needing six to win off the last over. With Chibuba on strike and five balls left to get the runs, he swung hard and to good effect: scampering a two and a couple of eye-wateringly close singles put the lads on the brink of a famous win. But the last ball of the innings turned out to be one too far and the Dads squeaked home by two runs.
Many thanks to all the parents who helped out throughout the season, and for the enthusiasm and commitment of your children that make this such an enjoyable activity to run.
The 2018 season starts next May, but before then LFP Morangis have challenged the U16s to an indoor cricket match in the gymnasium they will be training in all winter. We plan to accept their challenge.