U17s Back to Winning Ways
After a rather depleted U17s team lost to Cumnor last week, a stronger eleven were looking to bounce back versus local rivals Shipton-under-Wychwood. A last minute change of venue was required due to a mix up with covers (or lack of them) on the Shipton pitch. Thanks to Gordon and Eric for having a dry wicket available to us at 3 hours notice.
Under leaden skies with a brisk, chill wind, Tew skipper Jamie King won the toss and elected to play to our strengths by fielding first. Opening bowlers King and Owen Maginnis put the pressure on the Tew openers with accurate and economical spells of seam bowling. If the Tew openers thought life would get easier when young Tom Chesser came on to bowl, they were sadly mistaken – both of them heading back to the pavilion within less than 2 overs of Tom’s outstanding spin bowling. With Jonty Renk now keeping up the pressure from the pavilion end – and picking up a neat caught-and-bowled of his own – Chesser took his third wicket, finishing with 3-18 off his 4 overs. Henry Simmonds then got in on the spinners act, his wicket courtesy of a good catch in the deep from Owen Maginnis. The unwanted consequence of Henry’s wicket was the arrival at the crease of Shipton’s start batsman Charlie Miller, but he was kept in check by excellent death bowling from Henry and Will Priscott. A special mention to stand-in keeper James Babbage who looked assured behind the wicket; the quality of his performance underlined by only 9 extras (compared to the 22 they conceded) within Shipton’s total of 106 for 5.
The Tew reply got off to a shaky start as some superb pace bowling by Shipton’s County U17 Matt Brown (2 for 9) spelled the early end of James Babbage and Sam Priscott. Joe Hirst was out to a comedy run out – unluckily slipping over when sent back by Toby Parker, and then Jamie King fell cheaply to the only catch their keeper held all evening. Amongst this top order collapse, Toby Parker sailed on serenely, weathering the storm of opening pace attack and finding the gaps in the field beautifully. With strong support from Will Priscott (13 runs) and Owen Maginnis (also 13 runs), the score moved steadily towards the target, and despite the scare of two more late wickets, Parker saw Tew home with consecutive boundaries in the 19th over.
An important win against strong local rivals, completed by a superb innings from Toby, and all set up by an excellent all-round performance in the field. All of our bowlers bowled with good control and economy, all our catches were held, our keeper stopped almost everything, our chasing, throwing in and backing up were excellent, our bowling changes worked well and our fielding positions were mostly spot-on.
Thanks to Greg Renk for umpiring, Jan Simmonds for scoring, Simon Priscott and Martin Coetzee for warming the boys up.
Next game – Minster Lovell ‘A’ at home on Sunday. Two more wins and we should be in the semi-finals!