SEDCB 2010-2011 Indoor Youth Sixes U12 Group vs. Belhus [B]
Friday 15th October 2010
Belhus [B] 73-3
Rayleigh won by 40 runs
Rayleigh lost the toss and were put in to bat
Team: Conor S (capt.), Joshua J, Jordan J, Max J, James B, Matthew D
Having confirmed that everyone picked was available a good 24 hours before the match things were more relaxed (for me) turning up for the second game of the Indoor Sixes season.
Conor lost the toss and we were put into bat. Max and Matt again opened, despite Matt saying before the game that he wasn’t really an opener. If he isn’t then he certainly does a good impression retiring on 26 in good time. Max retired on 26 soon after so we had two less experienced players at the crease. Conor was correctly trying to balance out and out aggression with giving everyone a game. Jordan and James had played but neither batted nor bowled the week before and it was good leadership to let them bat when we were ticking over nicely and still with support behind them if needed (which it wasn’t).
Both James and Jordan batted well, if not as explosively as Matt and Max, and saw us through to a total of 113 for the loss of no wickets. A solid base but one I thought was a little light given other teams were regularly scoring 120+ in 12 overs.
In the second half Joshua and Conor opened: Conor was extremely economical (2.6 runs an over) despite the odd ‘no ball’ full toss. Joshua was pretty good as well, including getting a wicket in his first over, ensuring Belhus B didn’t get away to the flyer that we had. Max and Jordan were next on, bowled well with Jordan picking up a wicket in his second over. James had a couple of overs, took an over to settle down but finished well. Matt kept wicket (partially because he has a pair of wicket keeping gloves) well for the entire innings. Joshua and Jordan bowled the final two overs with Jordan picking up a second wicket to finish on a high.
So, another good win for the team and my half time prediction was shown to be too pessimistic. If we keep winning I am happy to be proved wrong.