EG U13’s recorded their first victory of the season with a convincing 8 wicket win over Scaynes Hill. Early indications from the weather didn’t bode well for the chances of completing the game and for the second week running the umpires decided to reduce the game to 18 overs per side. Under darkening skies the Scaynes Hill skipper called correctly and decided to bat.
Sure enough as the EG team took to the field they were welcomed to their first home fixture of the summer with a steady drizzle (and not of the lemon cake variety) .Alexander Barker and Hamish McKelvie opened the bowling and initially things looked good for the opposition as their opener Dillon Hancock pulled a couple of boundaries. The early promise however was short lived as first Alexander then Hamish struck in consecutive overs leaving SH 13-2. As a rebuilding exercise was slowly put into action EG rotated their bowlers with Rhys Hunt, Alec Macey and Jake Hodges all producing tidy spells.
Led by their left handed No.4 Ethan Collins SH had progressed to 34 when Paarth Nagpal drew a mistimed pull from his batting partner Frankie Francis which was easily snaffled up by Jake Lingard at midwicket. Paarth and Liam Dawes then proceeded to dismantle SH’s batting order with Liam’s pace clean bowling 2 batsmen and Paarth’s spin eventually netting him 4 victims. Ably supported by John Bishop’s wicket-keeping and with the drizzle abating the EG bowlers removed the last of the batting resistance setting a total to chase of 51.
Barker 2.1-1-1-2; McKelvie 2-0-12-1; Hunt 2-1-1-0; Macey 2-0-14-0; Hodges 1-0-6-0; Nagpal 3-2-2-4
Dawes 2-0-10-2; Austin 1-1-0-1
Following a brief drink and biscuit break Nathan Austin and Alexander Barker strode to the wicket to begin EG’s reply. SH knew that to have any realistic chance they would have to take wickets early in the EG innings to sow any seeds of doubt.
An opening stand of 35 appeared to have put the game beyond SH but 2 wickets in 2 balls from bowler Cains had several EG batsman searching for pads and gloves. First to go was Alexander Barker leg before for 11 to a ball kept very low (so low in fact that he’d probably needed a shovel to successfully play that particular ball) on the damp pitch. With confidence now coursing his veins Cains produced that nemesis to all incoming batsmen a quick, straight, well pitched-up delivery that accounted for Henry Johnson. Any alarm in the EG side was quickly suppressed as No.4 Paarth and Nathan both hit boundary’s to place any pressure back on the bowling side. With 8 overs remaining Nathan not out 7 and Paarth not out 6 saw EG home to victory.
Thanks as always to Andy Hayes for pitch preparation amongst a thousand other things. Thank you also to all the parents, siblings, grandparents and dogs for braving the rain and supporting and a particular mention in dispatches to Anuj for scoring.
There is no game next week as it’s half term ( yay or no yay as applicable ) our next match is Wednesday 6th June AWAY to Lindfield with the normal squad rotations to give everyone a game. Andy mentioned if any of the boys would like a game on Sunday the U14’s are still in need of players.
Thanks and have a great half term everyone.