Under 11s County Finals Day Report
Report courtesy of our Chairman and U11s manager Dave Freeman:
On Sunday 16th July, we hosted the under 11 County finals and our team of young chargers were also one of the four qualifying teams, along with Thame, Horspath and Peppard. Tew entered as top seeds having won all eight of their league games.
In the semi-final we were pitted against Thame, and Captain Henry Nicholl lost the toss and Thame elected to bowl on a very sunny morning. After an early breakthrough Henry set about accumulating steadily and then after another wicket being lost Alex Din came to the crease and proceeded to take the game to Thame and he soon was retired on 25 following some lovely off drives.
He was shortly followed by Henry who also retired on 25, and with the help of some wayward bowling with the pink ball Tew scored 98 in their allotted 20 overs.
Then came the fireworks following some amazing bowling including a wicket with his first ball Jacob Till with 4 wickets and Alex Din with 3 reduced the Thame batsman to 1-7 (which was a wide), after that it was a case of just keeping in control and the swinging pink ball accounted for 19 wides in the total of 43 in which Thame were bowled out for. Jacob’s first two overs were double wicket maidens and his control of the swinging ball was mature beyond his years and all batsman were bowled.
The final awaited and Horspath who overcame Peppard in the other semi-final and due to some parental knowledge it was made aware that the opposition included some County players including the two opening bowlers.
In the final Henry won the toss and decided to bat as we had done in all our previous 9 games, the county opening bowlers also struggled to control the new pink ball including 13 scored off the first over, Charlie McCrae after a steady start fell to a good catch and so did Henry, however Charlie Corbett who also kept wicket magnificently in the two games scored into the twenties and then Jack Pumfrey who finished unbeaten on 25 coming in at 5 saw the innings through to a close with score on 118, also not to be underestimated was the contribution of our no.11 batsman Toby Cole who helped share in a last wicket stand of 15, and Sam Woodhouse who struck vital boundaries in both matches.
So it was game on and according to those that knew it was a 50/50 game, however thanks to some tight bowling again by Jacob and Alex, and then supported by Sansom Canham who bowled really good areas to make scoring difficult and Aaron Lacey patrolling the boundary cutting off several potential boundaries the game was nicely poised when Horspath’s most dangerous batsman took on Jacob Till’s arm and a direct hit with only one stump to aim at turned the game in our favour. We then continued to bowl accurately and then wickets fell at regular intervals with Horspath making a final total of 78 meaning Tew won by 40 runs to become county champions. Cue the celebrations from Tew’s ever supportive parents.
The manager was seen to shed a tear by some although he will always claim it as hay fever and we should mention 3 players all out of the Country who helped us reach the final and they are Thomas Cunningham, Arthur Milligan, and Henry McDonald.
What is most pleasing is that each and every one of the players on the day made a contribution in one of the games a real team effort.
Thanks to on the day to Phil Slatter, Lisa Cunningham and Eric Mullis for their help you know what you did.