U13 match report v Marlbrough

provided by Alex Swanton

Date: 14/05/17

Opposition: Marlborough CC 

Venue: Home

Toss: Marlborough 

Match type: 30 overs


Report: On a pleasant afternoon for cricket, Marlborough opted to bat first. Alex Christian and Tobin Hankey opened the bowling for Steeple Langford. The Marlborough openers made a solid start before Alex made the first breakthrough. Their no. 3 and opener, clearly their strongest players, then settled into a partnership. Alex and Tobin stuck to their task well. Alex producing swing and seam movement, which impressed the opposition umpire enough to comment, and Tobin bowled with great accuracy and good pace, but neither could make the breakthrough. The first change bowlers; Finn Reavill and Jayden Phelps continued in the same vain, bowling well, but with no reward. 

Then the introduction of spin, Harry Wainwright brought himself on with Finn Parsons bowling his leg spin at the other end. The drinks break proved to be our friend with Harry picking up both their set players in his next two overs. As their middle and lower order struggled to score freely it was good to see Harry letting everyone bowl at least an over with no one disgracing themselves. Alex came back on to pick up two more wickets with Barney Dolphin taking the other wicket to fall.

Marlborough finished on 154-7 with Alex taking 3 for 25, and Harry 2 for 25. All in all a good bowling performance only let down by some sloppy fielding at times, maybe letting them get 25 more runs than they should have.
The chase should have been a simple task requiring a fraction over 5 an over. However the team seemed intent on knocking them off in half that. I think the newer members of the team, never playing more than 20 over games before, didn't realise how much time they had. Wickets fell at regular intervals many down to the hurried batting. Tobin Hankey was the only one who applied himself making 28, with Jayden Phelps making a quick 18.
We were eventually bowled out for 82 in the 24th over. We certainly had the batting ability to score the required runs, hopefully we will learn from this and apply ourselves in the future.
Marlborough won by 72 runs.