I’m pleased to announce that on Wednesday at Church Fenton, the under 9’s captained by Elliot defeated Bardsey in a play off final. (Wetherby u9’s league consisted of two separate leagues this year and the winners of the two leagues played in this game)
Elliot won the toss and decided to field first. Jack had the pressure of bowling the first over of the final. He did brilliantly, conceding only 2 runs. The mean bowling continued all the way throughout the innings, including a period of 12 balls in the middle of the innings where Will Groves and Elliot didn’t concede a single run. Wickets fell at regular intervals, beginning with Freddie grabbing a wicket with his first ball. James, Joash and Max all chipped in with wickets and the fielding backed up the bowlers from the word go. Everyone backed up(except for one gloriously ridiculous episode which culminated in an all run 4 and a run out!!. ) and the boundary fielding was of a very high standard, exemplified by Will Groves who leapt like a salmon to stop a sure fire 6 one handed and almost held on for what would’ve been an unbelievable catch. William Gawthorpe then took two wickets in one over before Max and Joash really blew Bardsey away with some of the best fast bowling I’ve see. Bardsey ended up scoring 224, TABS taking 9, yes, 9 wickets. The best fielding effort of the season and what a time to do it. and so for the batting. It would have been easy to be complacent or sloppy chasing what appeared to be such a low score( to put it into context, Bardsey have scored 300 on 5 occasions this season) but the boys were having none of that. They had a real chance and they didn’t let it slip. Will Groves and Jack Tyson opened. Bardsey needed wickets, and fast, but these two, Tavare like in their application, only conceded one wicket compiling a net score of 12 runs. We were halfway there already. Will Gawthorpe and James Lakin were next. Again, only one wicket, 16 net runs with James 2nd top score with 16. The dream was on. Then came the 20/20 specialists. Elliot and Freddie. 20 runs and no wickets. Excellent running and communication. Bardsey were being put to the sword. Enter Jo Root and Virat Kohli, aka, Max and Joash. Bardsey had no chance. They dealt mainly in boundaries, Max hitting 3 fours, bettered only by Joash’s 3 fours and a six on his way to top scoring with 19. Cue the celebrations and chants of “championy chamiony” plus several laps of the field and Champions League style sliding towards the crowd. It was absolutely brilliant and to be honest I think we could have probably won with almost a completely different team, such has the been the strength of our squad this year. Everyone and we mean this, everyone has played their part. I think we’ve played 24 of the 26 players registered which makes the achievement all the more satisfying and lots of those will be gunning again for next season. Parents and club alike should be proud of this group. They show skill, maturity to play as a team, and a real desire to improve which has happened all the way through the season. We should therefore mention Charlie the coach. He has really drilled the basics of the game into the boys at a level that has allowed them to understand and more importantly, enjoy. So a special thank you from everyone to him for his skill and patience with the players.
Thank you again to everyone involved in what has been a very successful and enjoyable season. Andy and Simon