Surrey Junior Indoor Cricket League: high standard of play in opening 2 weeks
Game 1: Effingham v Weybridge U13
Effingham held their nerve, to chase down 90 against Weybridge U13/U11 mix team and remain unbeaten in 2 matches. There are no weak links in a team full of able all-rounders.
All Weybridge's batsmen got off the mark, but only Michael Thornberry kicked on. His 14 not out showed great character, keeping a straight bat and soft hands, for 32 balls. Close to half of these balls were as the "last man standing".
Sam Partridge was the star performer, with a brilliant haul of 14 not out, 2 wickets, 2 catches....a good day at the office in general! Most impressive was his combination of searing pace and movement. Today both came off consistently, and he beat the outside edge continually in his 3 overs.
When the chase got off to a rocky start, Partridge was again there to steer his team. Himself and Sam Cobb shouldered the responsibility, showing composure beyond their years. Shots all around the hall, and clear calling, meant few chances were conceded. Weybridge didn't go down without fighting, and made the opposition work for their runs. However the game slipped away from them thanks to some good batting.
The target was reached in the 10th over. A high class game, with all teams steadily improving with experience. Congratulations Effingham!
Game 2: Epsom v Weybridge U12
Weybridge U12 join Effingham at the top of the league table, thanks to an exemplary batting performance. Their 159 proved a little too much for Epsom, who had improved significantly on game 1.
The hallmark of Weybridge's display was ultra-aggressive running. It's not often that players of 11 and 12 can identify scoring opportunities as expertly as this side....in fact the waiting adult's teams will have learnt a thing or two from them!
3 batsmen retired in the innings - Francis, Matton and James. After a rapid start, the Epsom fielding unit struck back, and dragged the scoring rate down. Jamie Compton ended with the best figures, and also holding his nerve to take a brilliant one-handed catch on the boundary wall....with parents/umpires/players "oooing" and "aaahing" as he parried first then held on. Great drama!
In the face of a tough chase, Epsom went about their business well. Luke Chenery was the top scorer, batting 32 balls, and concentrating very well. It was a very responsible innings (that we know he is capable of regularly now!!). Together with his straight bowling and "eccentric" fielding (I'm not sure the full-speed direct hit throw was needed from 6 inches away, Luke!) a positive day for him! Toby Bruce was another batter to last time.
The Weybridge attack contains fast, swing and spin, and all acquitted themselves well. Ollie Wingrove's BIG spin drew many gasps from the crowd, and Lily Francis was unfortunate not to take more than 1 wicket. McCarthy also beat the bat more than once.
Epsom ended their innings on 75. Despite finishing short, they proved their ability to bat the overs. Just a few more wall hits and singles next week, and they will be right in the game!! Weybridge will be hard to beat this Winter. A very accomplished team, which probably could give a few men's sides a contest!!