Academy Bounce Back

Losing the toss for the first time this season skipper Jonny Hurrell and the team were put in to bat.  Good call with the first Goring wicket falling on the 2nd ball – a slight ominous feeling developed, however this is the GCC Academy.  Bronimann and McGee continued, picking up a 4 each and singles without troubling the bails again, nor were they for remainder of the innings.  Next a double debut for the IIX’s for Dominic Osborne and Henry Wooding both playing with maturity, defending the wicket and picking off single after single plus a 2, bringing the score to 226 at half way.  With regulars absent a new partnership of Rowan Prince and Toby Skilling rocked up, Rowan one of those who doesn’t get out of bed for anything less than a 4 scoring 12, Toby batting strongly and neither losing a wicket, 245 on the board and all looking good.  Another new pairing next skipper Hurrell and Alfie Gammer-Flitcroft, another pair who prefer 4’s rather than 22 yds added 48 with extra’s, sharing 5 x 4’s and a 6 for Jonny.  B&U were left to chase 293.


B&U got off to a strong start with the first pair adding 28, 228 after 4 overs, no wickets lost and infact B&U lost only 2 wickets in their innings as well.  Something kept the bails on today, meaning quality bowling and fielding would be needed to contain the opposition.  The team knew this and demonstrated determination chasing many balls to the boundary limiting potential 4’s to singles.  The bowling today was very strong, neither Gammer-Flitcroft (0-18, 3 overs), Osborne (0-12, 2 overs) or Skilling (0-6, 1 over) conceded any extras, Prince (0-12, 3 overs), McGee clean bowling for his wicket (1-12, 2 overs),  Hurrell notable (0-7, 2.33 per over!) and Wooding with the bowling performance of the day, (1-1, 2 overs) achieved with a caught & bowled wicket maiden!  However, awarded match ball for Man of the Match a special mention for Edward Bronimann who on arrival had found he’d been volunteered for the Wicket Keeper job today, he performed fantastically (must have been the specialist coaching AB), stopped countless super quick balls from Hurrell and Gammer-Flitcroft that could easily have run to the boundary – a baptism of fire indeed!


Final score: GCC 293 – B&UCC 259


Thanks to Sunday XI scout & skip’ Donovan Norman for umpiring.


Derek McGee


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