The U9’s team collected some more silverware on Sunday by being the joint winners of the U9’s Saxton tournament on Sunday.
The first game against Saxton 1 was a comfortable win and good warm up. Saxton were restricted to 205 runs off the 8 overs (reduced for the tournaments). This was kept to 205 due to some great bowling by all with 5 wickets and along with a hatrick from William G. In response everyone batted really well and with TABS scoring 261, we won comfortably.
The second game was the hardest against Church Fenton (CF), TABS batted first and straight away it was clear CF”s bowling and fielding was much better. Every run was hard to get, however, with the combination of sensible batting and the loss of only 2 wickets we got 228. CF seemed confident that 228 was not enough, however they hadn’t banked on Seb Long hitting middle stump with both his first two balls, to make the target 10 runs harder. The tighter game made TABS even more determined to win and the standard of fielding was fantastic with everyone throwing themselves around in the field and cutting off vital runs. With some very tight bowling in the middle of the innings, Jack T, Charlie L and Olivia bowled 3 overs taking 2 wickets for 4 runs, which meant the last pair needed to hit some big runs. Edward L and Will S bowled the last two overs really well, with Edward bowling very quickly and accurately at their star batsmen to leave them 5 runs short.
The last group game against Barwick saw TABS batting first again and some steady scoring from all the pairs, Will S & Marcus, Edward L & Seb L, Jack & Olivia, William G & Charlie L all getting good partnerships going. Charlie smashing a 6 to finish our innings on 279! Barwick were not allowed to get in the game by some good bowling and tight fielding and were well below the TABS score finishing on 241.
So onto the final against another Saxton Team, TABS having won 3 games in the group and Saxton 2.
Saxton won the toss and batted first getting going with some good shots to the boundary. The fielding and in particular backing up and encouragement for each other was great to see and TABS kept their score down to 238. Some great bowling at the end from William G, Edward L & William S making it very difficult to score.
THEN IT CHUCKED IT DOWN!!!
So sadly with the team getting confident about reaching their target of 238 it didn’t stop raining for a good half an hour and it was called a TIE. So we were both the winners with TABS taking some comfort by being the only unbeaten team, however we couldn’t finish the game.
A really big well done to the team, it was a great team effort over the 4 games with lots of fun and lots of maturity and considerable improvement by the team. Well Done all, a big thanks also to James Long for scoring all 4 games and all of the parents for the support, it was a enjoyable day and some great wins!