U11A Cricket v Mowden Hall
Wednesday 10th May
Undies on top against Mowden Hall
The St. Mary’s intrepid U11A put in a complete performance with bat and ball to best Mowden Hall in Northumberland.
Matches between our great wee school and our Northumbrian rivals are always hard-fought encounters and the green and gold visitors expected a fierce encounter.
Captain Mac put his team on the front foot from the very first as he elected to bat – a punchy call given our batting in the two previous matches. However, it proved to be an inspired decision as the opening pair of Archie Mo and Mitchell C bedded down well.
They worked over the opening bowlers before Mitchell was skittled at the end of the fourth over by a good straight ball that did not lift off the turf. This dismissal proved to be something of a false dawn for the home team as Archie Mo was joined by Jake M who proceeded to cream the ball around the pitch with some silky shots. He too was bowled by a wide one that turned in to take the bail off off stump.
Captain Mac joined the doughty Archie Mo and the two put on a fantastic display of running between the wickets. With the wickie sitting so far back there was almost a run a ball available from byes alone and the two had a feast, Mr Extras filled his boots and the scoreboard whirred over like a flipbook.
The score was well north of the ton before Archie was finally run out trying for a risky bye off a no ball. He had held up his end, run and batted superbly to 24 – an excellent score at this level. Frederick K joined the swashbuckling Mac and just was just getting into his stride when he was bowled hitting out at a straight delivery. Archie J joined the party and ran very well before being bowled leaving Stewart M to face the final delivery.
Mac’s unbeaten 51 was a fine return from a great display of dominant batting.
St. Mary’s 158 – 5 after 20 overs
Photographs by Mrs Letts
After a fantastic tea Mowden Hall began their epic chase. Unfortunately, for the plucky home team it was not to be as they faced a succession of razor sharp bowlers backed by some superb fielding. Thomas took a screamer of a catch, Jake took one in the deep off Geordie’s tidy spell and the bowling was tight and accurate. One of the highlights was a superb caught and bowled for Archie Mac. I do not know if the batsman or bowler was more surprised. Nearly every boy had a whirl and there were some super displays of line and length bowling to keep the home batsmen pinned back.
Ollie E put in some excellent overs on debut and looked very steady indeed with a lovely action.
This excellent display in the field left Mowden Hall all out for 51 to complete an excellent victory for St. Mary’s U11A.
Result St. Mary’s U11A beat Mowden Hall U11A by 107 runs and 6 wickets.
Mr T Rawson
Jules Birdsall, 10/05/2017