At the University the 4ths, made up of 8 Under 17 players, 4 of which had played for the successful Under 14s earlier in the week, faced a notoriously strong bowling side in Bengal United. Knowing they had to be at their absolute best to cope with the all-adult opposition, Attenborough flew out the traps and made great use of the new ball. Lucas Rhodes (2/14) and Lewis Caine (5 overs 0/9) continue to team up to good effect as opening bowlers and created the pressure which saw Bengal’s opening pair suffer a catastrophic mix-up which resulted in an excellent run out by Josh Knight. From then on it was all Attenborough with great intensity in the field building the pressure for Seth Puddy (3/10) and Josh Noble (5 overs 4/4) to bowl out Bengal United for 46 in 23 overs.
Too early for the tea, Attenborough went straight out to bat up against a bowler with outstanding career figures (61 wickets @ 9.98!) and once he had removed both Seth Puddy and Carl Knight it became clear this wasn’t going to be as straightforward as chasing 46 may sound. However, with a game plan to see their main man out, U14 players Morgan Jones (46 balls), Jude Noble (30 balls) and Brad Greatorex (19 balls) showed great resistance to see the side close to the finishing line before a change of bowling allowed Lakshay Sharma to launch a six to wrap up the game. It had taken Attenborough 6 wickets and 32 overs to ensure a heroic win. Full scorecard here.
|Lakshay 'Kohli' Sharma - photography by Karen Barker.|
|4th team photo - courtesy of Karen Barker.|
Back row (left to right): G Jones (scorer), L Rhodes, M Jones, C Knight (wk), S Randall (c), J Knight, Josh Noble, M Puddy (umpire)
Front row: S Puddy, Jude Noble, L Sharma, L Caine, B Greatorex
Next, the 3rd team were away to Balderton and the 3rds batted first setting a great score of 193 from their 45 overs. Chris Tolley led the way with an unbeaten and very important 68. He was well supported by youth cricketers George Barker (23*), Tauseef Kataria (19) and captain Sam Clulow (28). The second half was nervy but the 3rds managed to pick up the victory winning by just 8 runs and collecting a near perfect 19 points in the process. Bowling all-rounder George was very skilful and clever upfront picking up 3 wickets (12-1-24-3) and he was backed up by MOTM Chris who picked up 2 wickets (8-0-32-2). Full scorecard here.
The unbeaten 2nds were home to Belvoir and the toss was lost which led to Will Shields and his side batting first. It didn't start well with the 2nds being restricted to 60 for 5 but Neil Thurlow (35, 5 fours and 1 six) and Peter Bateman (26, 3 fours and 1 six) joined forces to put on a vital partnership of 52 to dig the team out of further trouble. Neil's knock in particular was gritty, determined and pivotal under a great amount of pressure from the opposition. The 2nds ended up on 184 being bowled out on the last ball of the innings and this competitive score was made with the help of Charlie Simkiss (26*, 4 fours). Charlie fought very well against some difficult bowling to hit some lusty blows and take the momentum into the second half. The opposition struggled when they came into bat as they were 35 for 7 at one stage. The 2nds managed to achieve a winning draw as Belvoir ended up 24 runs short. Full scorecard here.
|2nd team photo - courtesy of Roger Price.|
Back row (left to right): N Thurlow, T Shields, A Lee, M Shoemaker, C Simkiss, W Buckfield
Front row: T Murray, P Bateman (wk), W Shields (c), M Rayner, W Such
|Burhan Alam in action on Bank Holiday Monday - photography by Karen Barker.|
To round up the action, Nick 'Gibbo' Gibson led the Friendly XI (Sunday 2nds) to victory against Bramcote on Sunday. Nick won the toss in a reduced 35 over game and elected to bat. Attenborough compiled a more than par score of 195 for 5 from their 35 overs. Trusty David Harris scored an unbeaten 89 at the top of the order and he was well supported by the classy Alex Lawrence (43) as well as Rob 'Mr. Cricket' Howarth (32*). Bramcote were 42 runs short as captain Gibson headlined picking up 3 wickets (5-2-15-3). Also, up and coming Zain Ali grabbed 2 wickets (7-1-25-2) in a great victory for the Sunday 2nds. Full scorecard here.
Thanks to Sam Randall, Karen Barker, Roger Price and Nick Gibson for their contributions to this report. Much appreciated :)