An under-strength U13s ( only 9 players ) put up a sterling performance against a capable Nonington side on Sunday.
Sibton sensibly inserted the opposition after winning the toss and with hostility at one end ( Jack ) and guile at the other ( Felicity ), the Nonington openers were severely tested in the opening overs. But it took the unerring accuracy of George Ansell to make in roads into the opposition batting line up and his 3 superb overs, produced figures of 3 for 14. The other wicket takers were Jack, Harry, Barney and Max.
However, we did suffer from an early season lack of consistency in our bowling - there were 62 extras in all - with 31 wides and 10 no balls - out of a final total of 131 for 8, there are definite lessons to be learnt there somewhere !
We made a very unfortunate start to our own innings, with Barney being so unlucky to play on first ball, which brought Jack to the crease a little earlier than he expected ! His first ball was a full toss, which he dispatched to the cover boundary and that set the tone for a little gem of an innings, with shots all around the wicket - a drive off the back-foot through the covers was particularly memorable, which brought him an early retirement on 31.
Alex batted sensibly at the top of the order and was very harshly given out LBW, when the ball hit him on the backside ! - and Harry showed a lot of maturity by rotating the strike with Jack and at this stage we were well up with the run rate.
However, some tighter bowling and good fielding in the second half of the innings made it difficult for our batsmen and despite some stout defence and sensible batting form Felicity and Max in particular, we weren't quite able to keep up with the required run rate and we finished 20 runs short of our target.
All of the players did exceedingly well in the circumstances - and a special mention should go to Nat who kept wicket very tidily.
By Paul Woodward