Jamie May’s baptism…

June 9th.  GCC v Brightwell-cum-Sotwell

The academy U13’s travelled to Brightwell on Sunday for their 2nd match in the Guantlett Goblet.

In his first captaincy Jamie May won the toss electing to bowl.

200 runs to start.  From the outset it looked as though Brightwell had fielded a very strong team and so it proved.  The run count quickly began to climb thanks to a strong 1st pair from Brightwell.  Their 2nd pair were also good and after 8 overs Brightwell stood at 246.  However their 3rd pair, despite adding as almost as many runs as the 2nd gave some hope, Ali Baxter making the breakthrough taking 2 wickets in his 2nd for a 2 wkt maiden, knocking them down to 243.  Unfortunately more wkts proved as elusive as the sunshine, it was cold, the final pairing adding a very good 37, 280.

200, and after tea, Ed Gilbert-Blay faced the first ball, paired with Rowena Hearn, the two were immediately playing some very well paced and accurate deliveries, although they did manage to hit a 4 each and with good running were able to add 18, unfortunately the bowling tally of 3 wkts left GCC below par at 194.  Ali Baxter and Bertie worked hard too adding 16, but also succumbed to a bowling and fielding onslaught, with an all or nothing approach they finshed at 186.  Next in skipper Jamie May to steady the ship.  With Max McGee the pair each claimed a boundary and a single and with only 1 wkt lost, 191.  And so, to the final pairing of the Prince brothers, Ray and Rowan, with 22.5 per over looking unlikely, we all hoped to get back in positive territory, they didn’t disappoint, only 1 unlucky loss of wkt, together they added 25 runs bringing the team to 216.

On the day BcS were a better team with stronger and older players.  To GCC’s credit the team didn’t give in at any stage, Ali’s bowling was again outstanding averaging 2.67 per over.  Man of the match was Ray Prince with 3.5 per over and a very creditable 23 not-out.  Baptism of fire for Jamie, but I know he’s looking forward to next Sunday at home v Abingdon Vale, 10:30am start.



Brightwell-cum-Sotwell CC last Sunday morning


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