Fixtures this weekend: Sat 1st XI @ Plumtree, 2nd XI home to Plumtree, 3rd XI @ Gedling & Sherwood, 4th XI home to Oxton, Sun T20 Finals Day @ Caythorpe, 2nd XI home to Wanderers.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

U15s Mini Match Report

In the gorgeous sun, the U15s made the short trip to Wollaton for their league game this evening. Wollaton won the toss and elected to bat on an artificial grass wicket. The Squirrels led by Jude Noble started off really well as opening bowlers Lewis Caine (4-1-8-2) and George Pursglove (4-2-17-0) were on the money with some skilful and disciplined bowling. Jago Barham-Morris (3-0-3-2) was first change making more inroads and he was well supported by Dillan Gill (2-0-6-0) as the opposition halted to 30 for 4 from 11 overs. However, a lot of praise should go to Matthew Gent (4-1-23-1) and Oliver Mee (3-1-11-2) who bowled the last 7 overs of the innings picking up 3 wickets in the process and could have easily been more if chances were taken. Gent and Mee both bowled to their fields and attacked the stumps making it difficult for the opposition to get it away. Wollaton ended up on 71 for 7 off their 20 overs which was an awesome effort. There was a lot of encouragement, positivity and self-confidence. It was pleasing to see and overall, the game was played in the right spirit. Well done to Oliver Kneller who only conceded 1 bye on a difficult wicket to keep on. 

With 72 to win, Henry Geutjens and Ben Goodlass opened up and were magnificent. The Squirrels chased Wollaton's score down inside 10 overs without losing a wicket. The batting was controlled, chanceless and pleasing to the eye. Geutjens (44*, 8 fours) who was making his debut for the mighty Squirrels punished the home side's bowling with some beautiful strokes. He was very well backed up by Ben Goodlass (20*, 4 fours) who was simply awesome and hit shot of the day... Goodlass danced down the wicket, opened up his body and stroked the ball along the ground through the covers for 4. It was a very sweet hit and it proved that if you put the work in at the nets, you will be rewarded. 

On a final note, it was a pleasure to watch and well done to you all! :)

Front row: Ben Goodlass, Matthew Gent, Oliver Mee, Jago Barham-Morris
Back row: George Pursglove, Lewis Caine, Oliver Kneller (wk), Jude Noble (c), Henry Geutjens, Dillan Gill

Photography by Karen Barker 
PS The lads are in trainers as they weren't allowed spikes on the artificial grass wicket!



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