On a dark damp evening the under 13’s visited league leaders Rugby knowing that they had to be on top of their game to beat them. On winning the toss skipper Scott Haywood decided to bowl, which with the weather closing in seemed a sensible decision. Regular openers Tom Hill and Charlie Parsons started tightly and kept Rugby in check. The attack was taken up by Adam Ledbrook and Scott Aspinall and they bowled dangerous deliveries when straight but as a team, a few too many wides were creeping in. Elliott Coop was unlucky to have one dropped and after 9 overs Rugby were on 50-0 but 27 given in wides meant Rugby could have been under more pressure. Debutant Ted Fairhurst made a good start and made the Rugby batsman play but both openers retired after batting well for deserved 25’s. This gave the remaining batsman licence to play positively but they were kept in check by James Taylor’s first over and then Scott Haywood brought himself on and despite a couple of top edges going for 4 had Rugby’s star bat well caught by James Taylor and then cleaned bowled another to take two in the over. Tom Hill returned and finished off well getting a deserved wicket clean bowled after an impressive 4 overs and Scott picked up a wicket in the last over with a cracking yorker. A total of 142-4 was a tall order but could have been better without 41 extras
Scott Haywood – 4-0-30-3
Tom Hill – 4-0-17-1
Max Holtby and Scott Haywood opened the batting and chasing 7 an over they needed to be positive. Scott was quickly undone and this brought his brother Luke to the crease. He started positively including a fine straight 4 but against tight bowling the target was still along way off. Luke was bowled advancing down the track trying to change the momentum of the game. Adam Kenworthy- Fahey and Tom Hill had hit cracking boundaries before Adam was caught and bowled and Tom was run out. When Adam Ledbrook was run out without facing then the run rate required was becoming out of hand. Opener Max Holtby had tried to keep the innings together but was out in the 18th over for 11 and the final score got up to 63 thanks to positive batting and running by Charlie Parsons in the final overs.
Its always a tough game against Rugby and it was a good test to show the areas where the lads can improve.
Charlie Parsons – 10 no
Luke Haywood – 11
Max Holtby – 11