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28th & 29th October 2017
St Georges Park
|Kent v Surrey|
|Age Group: Under 14 Boys|
|Date: Sunday 13th August|
|Format: ECB County Cup Group 4|
|Kent Score: 237-9|
|Opposition Score: 272-5|
|Result: Surrey win by 35 runs|
H. Bevan- Thomas 10-2-39-2
B. Carpenter- Friend 33
H. Bevan-Thomas 39
Kent Under 11 Girls v Linton Park & The Mote U11 Boys XI, on Saturday 12th August at Knole Paddock, Sevenoaks
Kent Under 11 Girls 125-7 (25 overs) (Jemima Spence 26 all retired not out, Tilly Corteen-Coleman 22 not out, Rosie Murray 21, Jessie Gale 19)
Linton Park & The Mote U11 Boys XI 77-7 (25 overs) (Tilly Corteen-Coleman 1-1, Sarah Hofmann 1-3)
Catches (2): Lottie McDonnell, Kate Blackman.
Run Outs (2): Sarah Hofmann (2)
Result: Kent Under 11 Girls Won by 48 Runs
This was a brilliant victory against potentially the strongest side we have encountered this season. However, it was far from straight forward and the game had many ups and downs but in the end our tactics worked and we pulled off a famous win to make it ten wins in a row.
After a week of rain the sun shone and on winning the toss Jemina boldly elected to bat on a pudding of a pitch, knowing that they had ‘big Freddie’ to open their attack. Her decision looked to be the wrong one because by the end of the 3rd over, Ada had been bowled by a ‘pearler’ which clipped the off bail, Olivia ran herself out, and Analivia was bowled by an unplayable Freddie Yorker. We were reeling at 3 for 3.
Fortunately, with Freddie rested, Jemima and Jessie cautiously rebuilt the innings against their lesser bowlers on a difficult pitch. With excellent running between the wickets and the odd stroke to the boundary they rapidly put on a 50 run partnership. Things looked healthy when Jemima retired. Our skipper is a remarkably consistent batsman who invariably gives our team a valuable platform up front. She has retired not out 8 times in 12 innings and averages over 55.
Having recovered we then suffered a blip. Jessie tried to hit a slow full toss too hard but she missed and was bowled. Then Sarah somehow played all round an innocuous but straight delivery and was also bowled. We were effectively 6 wickets down with only half the overs gone and not nearly enough runs on the board to defend.
To the rescue came Rosie and Tilly. They played out of their skins, knocking the ball around into spaces and scampering between the wickets like rabbits, which made the boys look like statues! Once in, they started to hit fours and before we knew it they had put on 50 runs and both girls reached lifetime best scores of 20 plus. In doing so, they became the 7th and 8th different players in this season’s squad to score 20 runs or more, equalling the record set by the 2015 Under . It is a testament to the depth of talent in the squad this year.
After trying to take one more cheeky single, Rosie was run out and the replacing Kate quickly succumbed to another unplayable fast Yorker from the returning Freddie. However, at this stage it did not matter too much as the two recovery partnerships had given us an undreamt of total and in a strong position at tea.
All we needed to do was to keep big Freddie away from the strike and bowl well. Unfortunately we made a poor start. Jessie’s nightmare first over began with her overstepping. The ball raced past occasional keeper Olivia and then Anilivia, who was not on the third man boundary, for a four, and with 2 runs for a wide and no ball, it proved to be an expensive delivery. Olivia failed to gather the last ball of the over and they ran a bye, which meant that big Freddie was still on strike!
Our plan was to put fielders out deep to give big Freddie a single and squeeze the field in and bowl as many balls at the other batsman. Jemima mustered the troops extremely well and the plan was working, though she had to work very hard as many of our players do not think where they have to go according to which batsmen was facing.
Jemima bowled their opener, but generally our early seam bowlers did not hit the right areas frequently enough. Extras mounted and the worry was that Linton had 30 on the board in next to no time and big Freddie still there with hardly a run to his name. Amy was brought on early and she produced a jaffa of a leg break to bowl their No. 3, and one that would have got most batsmen out.
With Jemima confidently squeezing the field in and out to keep him off strike, the dangerous Freddie was getting more and more frustrated. Facing the bowling at last, he tried to hit Sarah out of the ground but the ball went under his bat and he was bowled. That was the key wicket we wanted and our plan had worked. After that we could relax because we knew they did not have the batting to chase down our score.
Although Rosie and Analivia were ineffective on this occasion, our slow bowlers - Amy, Tilly and Elli dried up any runs. In desperation the boys tried to hit, and although Sarah dropped a hard chance at deepish mid off, she had the sense to pick up the ball and run the batsman out at the bowlers end with a direct throw. It was an impressive piece of work.
What followed next ball was even more spectacular. Sarah moved to her left to gather the ball driven into the covers. It looked a comfortable run, but Sarah spun round and threw down the stumps again at the bowlers end for another run out. It was a truly magnificent piece of fielding of the highest order.
The girls were on a high after that and they relaxed knowing that they were going to win. But it all got a bit sloppy and it was disappointing that we did not bowl them out. Jessie had her wish to have a go behind the timbers after Olivia had kept for 17 overs, though she had difficulty concentrating with a wobbly tooth and for a moment, tooth stopped play! Furthermore, although wearing gloves, she spent most of the time practising her football skills by stopping the ball with her feet! Stick to the fast bowling day job, Jessie.
Several easy run out chances went begging. Two reasons. Several of our girls do not instinctively know which end to throw the ball to. Second, selfishly trying to hit the wickets instead of giving a simple catch to someone at the wicket.
Kate bowled nicely and took a caught and bowled and Tilly was rewarded for her accuracy with a wicket at the death, though Lottie did very well to cling on to the ball and fight off Analivia who was also going for the skied catch!
And so, a great win in the end, and one of the best wins ever, given our situation after three overs. It was a superb team effort in an eventful match, but there is still room for improvement, certainly when it comes to awareness and team work to affect run outs. Although there are still a few things to iron out regarding field placings, generally Jemima’s captaincy in the field was excellent.
My thanks to Ali and Henry for umpiring, Richard and George for scoring, but especially to the Spences and Sue Watkins for providing what was arguably the best two course tea we have had all season. The cheesecakes, doughnuts and black forest gateaux were to die for!!
PS – The tooth came out soon after the game had finished!
Take to the links this October for a day of golfing fun and fundraising in aid of the KCDT.
Venue: Boughton Golf Club, Boughton Under Blean, Faversham, Kent
Date: Friday 13th October 2017
Cost: £35 per person (includes bacon roll & tea/coffee upon arrival, 18 holes, 2 course meal)
For futher information and booking, click here.
|Kent v California|
|Age Group: Under 12 Boys|
|Date: Monday 7th August|
|Venue: Kings College Taunton|
|Kent Score: 76 all out|
|Opposition 103 all out|
|Result: California win by 27 runs|
W. Harby 2-10 from 8 overs
B. de Moubray 2-9 from 5 overs
M. Wood 24
T. Instance 16*
|Kent v Dorset|
|Age Group: Under 12 Boys|
|Date: Tuesday 8th August|
|Venue: Kings College Taunton|
|Format: Friendly T20|
|Kent Score: 97/3|
|Opposition Score 78/5|
|Result: Kent win by 19 runs|
H. Piper 40*
|Kent v Hertfordshire|
|Age Group: Under 14 Boys|
|Date: Sunday 6th August|
|Venue: St. Elizabethans CC|
|Format: ECB U14 County Cup Group 4|
|Kent Score: 201-7|
|Opposition Score: 200-9|
|Result: Kent win by 3 wickets|
H. Carter 4-25
J. McVittie 3-33
F. Beaman 81
B. Carpenter- Friend 44
O. Streets 30*