U13's Progress to Cup Semi-Final
On a glorious summers evening at Broadleys, Marshfield U13 took on Bath Axes for a place in the semi-final of the Bath & District Youth League Cup. Missing a couple of key players and against opposition from a higher division, the boys performed brilliantly to gain a win in the final over of a tense match. Having inserted the opposition wickets were hard to come by on a good batting wicket but the bowlers stuck to their task and everybody bowled well and this was backed up by an excellent fielding display, the highlight being Greg Elmes fine catch on the boundary. Pick of the bowlers was Joseph Pearce with 1-7 from his 2 overs and Jacob Barton dismissing the hard-hitting dangerous Bath opening batsman when he was looking to accelerate towards the end of the innings. The innings closed with Bath Axes 125-5 and on such a good track and fast outfield this was a great effort.
In reply, Marshfield started steadily and was always up with the run rate. Wickets started to fall and the required run rate increase but opener Ollie Bates anchored the innings and a breezy 13 from Ed Avery brought the run rate back to 6 an over. Ollie started to flourish and punish the occasional bad ball and Joseph supported him well before being run out. With one over left and four runs needed the game was in the balance. With fielders all-round the bat it was left to Elliott Ede to keep his nerve and when a short ball was offered he rocked on to the back foot to score the winning boundary with just 4 balls to spare. A fantastic win by 5 wickets with the man of the match Ollie guiding his team home with a very well-played 58 not out.
The previous evening the boys were involved in another thriller, this time in the league against Lansdown. Batting first the boys played well to reach 125-6 from their 20 overs, the highlight being Rory Bushell with a good 41. Lansdown batted well in reply but good fielding and bowling kept the game in the balance. Harvey Vellacott captained well with good field placings to keep runs to a minimum and the fielding was very good. Again the game went to the final over but on this occasion, the hosts were able to reach the victory target with 3 balls to spare for a narrow win.
So two nail-biting games played in brilliant sunshine with lots of good cricket skills on display. What was perhaps even more pleasing was that on both occasions the opposition coach commented on the tremendous team spirit and support displayed by the Marshfield boys. Well done to all and good luck in the semi-final!