Academy win

June 2nd.  GCC Academy match report.  GCC v Challow & Childrey, GCC won 283 v 198.

Last Sunday saw the U13’s Academy play their first competitive match in this years Gauntlett Goblet Tournament, an 8 a-side pairs format organized by Oxfordshire County Cricket.

Having won the toss skipper Max McGee elected to bowl, anticipating I was informed “better batting conditions later on”.  

200. GCC Newby Ali Baxter would not have been alone had he thought the boundary was a bit on the short side as C&C reached it with ease, at first.  However Ali along with Henry Wooding held the C&C openers and strongest batsmen to 22 runs; 222.  C&C’s next pair faced some tidy bowling from Samir Enright and Josh Monk with C&C held to 9 runs; 231.  The next phase saw the wickets begin to fall, Rowena Hearn claiming the first, clean bowling with the 3rd ball of her 1st over.  Bertie Spencer with a slower accurately paced delivery clean bowled his 1st ball, followed up by a wicket maiden in his 2nd over.  This spell also saw terrific reactions in the field from Samir and Edward Gilbert-Blay (wkt) for a run out.  The net result, minus 27 runs; 204.  C&C’s last pair added just 10, mainly thanks to Ali’s quality 2-wkt maiden in his final over.  All leaving C&C on 198.

Bowling figures wkts/runs:  Baxter 2/9, Wooding 0/11, Enright 0/1, Monk 0/7, McGee 0/6, Hearn 1/8, Spencer 2/1.

200.  After tea ( thank you tea team) Goring’s Ali and Rowena walked out, Ali facing and patient for 3 dot balls before hitting a 4, Rowena also finding the boundary, with extras the pair saw 21 added, just 1 below C&C; 221.  Next in Samir and Bertie (#digin of the week), although not adding any runs they demonstrated real team playing by not risking any wkt loss, which is minus 8 runs, although with extras they saw 12 added; 233.  Josh and Henry turned up the pressure adding 11, Josh with 2 nice boundaries, with extras; 252.  Final pairing of EGB and Max topping off with a 4 each with quality singles and aggressive running, with extras the final tally; 283.

Batting: Baxter 5; Hearn 8; Enright 0; Spencer 0; Monk 9; Wooding 2; Gilbert-Blay 9; McGee 6.

A very convincing win against physically, a much larger team.  The fielding was excellent, except for a few missed catches, the bowling was strong with all averages less than 4.  Batting, to not lose a wkt is outstanding and the steady climb in runs speaks for itself.Image

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