With district cricket on the same day it was necessary to test the squad for our first game to join Meadows U13’s against Ashbourne. Calvin Roe and Ross Parker stepped up to debut as did Scott Gadsby and Oliver Horder (12th man) from the under 12’s.
The wicket at Ashbourne looked in good order despite the awful weather but suggested it would be slow coming on to the bat. Meadows came into the game full of confidence following a great indoor season and good work pre-season and Wykeham duly won his first toss, putting Ashbourne in.
It looked a great decision as Kieran opened the bowling with a tight line only conceding one run from his first over. Harry Trent stormed in from the river end to worry the openers with pace and was unlucky not to take wickets with his opening spell. Kieran’s second over saw him clean bowl the opening bat leaving the home side 8 – 1.
Hayley replaced Kieran from the pavilion end and found herself on a hat trick ball having cleaned up number twos stumps and had the number four batsman caught by Harry at mid wicket. The hat trick wasn’t to be but Ashbourne were now in trouble. The collapse looked imminent as from the other end Ross also found himself on a hat trick as he also took an off stump and had Harry catch his second staright after. At 30 for 5 Ashbourne were on the ropes and it soon became 30 for 6 with some smart work by Ross to run out the next man in.
Ross wasn’t finished yet as he took a smart catch off the bowling of Charlie Martin who’s mean spell gave him figures of 1-1 from two overs.
Ash Redfern bowled a tidy line from the river end and Russ Fletcher joined the figures by bowling the number eight batsman with his first ball and also returned excellent figures of 2-1 from his two overs.
This left the home side teetering at 38–8 and they finally decided to take the bowlers on enjoying a mini revival.
However, Calvin Roe took the middle stump of the ninth batsman and the come back was off, with Scott Gadsby bowling out the all important final spell for only two runs.
This left the home side with a total of 62 for 9 from their 20 overs. Meadows had bowled well with few extras and had performed well in the field with good catches and some smart dives from Ash in particular to stop boundaries. They were well organised by Wykeham on his first game as skipper.
After a quick pep talk reminding the side that the job was only half done the opening pair of Wykeham and Hayley strode to the middle intent on laying down a solid foundation.
However, it wasn’t to be as both were back in the hutch early without troubling the scorers as they chipped slow balls back the to the bowler.
Suddenley Ashbourne smelled blood and Harry had a big job to do as number three bat.
He was joined by Joe and both batted sensibly as Harry played himself in and then tee’d off with five spanking boundaries. This meant a quick retirement and a deflated Ashbourne now saw their small total being threatened by big hitting and too many extras. Joe looked set but fell for six as he lost his off stump.
Kieran and Charlie were now together at 45-3 and batted very sensibly moving the ball around the gaps and keeping things ticking along. Kieran got a welcome boundary and then during the thirteenth over hit another four to finish the home side off and record Meadows first win of the season. The not out batsmen were Kieran (13) and Charlie (5).
With plenty of overs to spare the total had been achieved due to Harrys quick 25 and some sensible middle order batting. The team were congratulated on their first win and reminded that tight bowling and great fielding had set the standard – wickets had fallen to 6 different bowlers. Under 12’s Scott and Oliver were thanked for making the step up.
The Imperial Commercial Vehicles man of the match was a challenge. Hayley and Ross almost had hat-tricks, Harry hit a very entertaining 25 but it was given to one of the unsung heroes Kieran Leighton, for a great opening spell under pressure and then a calm innings to see the game home.