Twenty20 Academy fall short at Valley End
Twenty Academy U13 vs Valley End CC
Having lost the toss and been put into bat, Twenty20 started brightly, with debutant Nathan Jones and Tiam Afar putting on 24 runs o the first 3 overs, and left T20 at 43 for 1 from the first eight overs.
However wickets then started to fall at regular intervals on a tricky two paced pitch, leaving the Academy at 64 for 6 at the half way stage.
A steady but effective rebuilding job was put together by Jonathan Sturch-Hibbit and Joshil Patel, putting on a 48 run partnership, allowing the Academy to post a target of 123, something that gave them a chance to defend.
Ist innings/Twenty20 Academy scorecard here
In response Valley End, started positively if not streaky with Alex Cormack creating chances in this first few overs. Astute captaincy from the elder Cormack, Matt, kept the batters thinking and taking the pace of the ball reaped rewards, with two wickets in an over for Artie Thompsett although one came with the help of a run-out from older brother Freddie.
It left the hosts 41 for 3 from their first eight overs and Twenty20 kept creating chances with opportunities not quite going to hand.
The host reached drinks with the score at 97 for 4 and Max Umpbley's spell of 4-1-7-2 kept things close and had Valley End requiring another 25 with three wickets in hand, which they finally reached with 15 balls remaining.
Nothing can be faulted of the Academy side in the field producing everything that could be asked of them in defending a small total.
Although a loss, it has provided a great deal of learning on how to bat and prepare for games on difficult pitches.
And begs the question what difference could 30 runs have made.
2nd innings/Valley End CC scorecard here
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