We are the U13s….Hear us roar!
On Sunday 9th July, Swindon CC. unbeaten, destroyers of South Wilts CC and top of the table to boot, visited a sundrenched Glebe, resplendent with “leafy” fecund in his mid-summer greenery.
To face them a BERCC U13 team bereft of three of their galacticos- The “Smashman” brothers and “Kolpac” Crofton.
The awesome Sam Giddings (2017 average 150,000) opened for Swindon and found himself in a place he hadn’t much visited this season, the corridor of ….Well, you know the place .
Lewis and Joe bowled with consistent fire and accuracy and although their opening spell yielded no wickets, it set the groundwork for the cavalcade of wickets to come.
Perhaps “leafy” patrolling mid wicket was a factor, but Swindon offered little resistance. After the aforementioned Sam was snared by Albi off Harrison, his teammates could offer little by way of resistance.
Two wickets for Hugo, two for Tom, who asked questions of the batsmen throughout his spell, and final reward of two late wickets for Joe. As icing on the cake there were first U13 wickets for Oliver Farrant and Freddie Webb.
Seven catches in all.
110 all out!!
HOWEVER, noteworthy as the bowling was, it was the fielding and catching that caught the eye (no pun intended).
Special mention to Joe, Lewis and Tom for sharp catches and Albi for a peerless performance behind the stumps.
The level of support the boys gave each other throughout was an absolute credit to themselves and the club.
Half the job done.
A sumptuous, slap up, Beridge/Kellow tea was taken.
Then it was our turn to bat!!
Lewis and Johnny (who also got a wicket, did I mention that?) went to bat. When Lewis was out for a breezy 62, with some glorious stroke-play, the score was 81. The job was very nearly complete.
Albi aesthetically maintained the momentum and Johnny, applying himself to his job assiduously, carried his bat for 20 not out.
A 9 wicket victory!
Having been around the BERCC youth teams for many, many years, I can honestly say it was the best team performance I have ever had the pleasure of watching. And I think the boys enjoyed it too!