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…from where we left off. Marshfield took part in Bath Cricket Clubs U9's Festival at the weekend.  

Set on the picturesque ground in the centre on Bath, we had four matches against Lansdown, Bath Spears (U11's) Girls, Hampset and Bathford, some stiff opposition!

bathu9 201502We carried on from where we left off last week and got going with an impressive win against Lansdown. We then had a momentary lapse in concentration in the field against Bath Spears where we narrowly lost by 9 runs with extras being one of their top scorers, this brought the boys back down to earth with a bit of a bump. It's fair to say none of the boys liked losing, infact they hated it and immediately took it upon themselves to put things right and get back to winning ways, they subsequently thumped Hampset and Bathford.

All the boys did brilliantly, some incredibly powerful hitting (I still have the bruises, thank you Ollie Bates), impressive bowling with some brilliant fielding and catching.

Highlights from the day:

Ollie Day, Jacob and Ollie Bates powerful batting displays, these guys only seem to trade in boundaries.

Devilishly accurate bowling from Alfie, Matty, Theo, Toby Day and Toby Knight. Toby Day was a whisker way from completing a hat trick!!!

Some brilliant fielding from everyone, especially Matty and Theo who both held some great catches in slippery conditions.

bathu9 201503Aidan O'Mahony, Charlie Barton and Elliot Price all played their first matches and did really really well, I think I'm right in saying that Elliot bowled three overs throughout the morning without conceding a single run from the bat, incredible.

Most importantly everyone laughed a lot and had fun.

Both Ian and myself want to be competitive in each game we play, given the first question when we finish a match is 'did we win?', we want to try and win more than we lose.  That said we believe it's important that we mix it up and get a good spread of ages playing in the games so everyone can get some match experience and excitement  This weekend we had a real mix of ages from 9 (only 4 out of 10) right the way down to 6, so the future is very bright indeed for Marshfield Cricket Club.

Thanks to all the parents that came along and gave up their bank holiday Sunday, we all really appreciate the support.

Martin Knight, Ian Bassett

Lead Coach/Team Manager, MCC U9s

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