Great Walstead were our hosts this week and it was great to be out there in the sunshine. Elliott was named skipper for the day and decided to bat first after winning the game of “which hand is the key in!” Scoring runs was our problem last time out against Handcross Park and it would prove to be our sticking point once again. Walstead gifted us 50 runs worth of extras (wides and no balls) whilst we managed a further 24 off the bat. However, there were another 27 balls that went by without a run being scored. Throughout our 12 overs we lost 4 wickets which equates to a negative of 20 runs so our total of 174 was reduced to 154 runs. Matthew W and Harry were our top scoring batsmen with 9 and 5 respectively.

Knowing that our total of 154 was not a large target to reach we knew we had to be on our game in the field and try our hardest not to give too many extra away. Similarly to Walstead we gave 56 extras away and by only taking 2 wickets (courtesy of Elliott and Matthew W) this meant that they had only needed to score a further 9 runs off the bat to take the win. By the end of the 12 overs and with the totals being adjusted they finished with a score of 186. So, in the end it was a convincing win for the hosts by 32 runs but there is a lot we can take from the game.

We know that we can bowl a lot better and need to be more aggressive with the bat, but that is sport; sometimes things don’t go to plan and you have to reassess, accept your mistakes and work hard in training to put them right. Under 9 cricket is about development and giving the whole team the chance to play and enjoy the game – from what I have seen this is exactly what is happening. We now have a nice break over half term before playing Lancing Prep at home. Well done to the 10 boys involved today.