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Hanley under 10s vs BGCC under 10s - May 20th 2012

Barnards Green under 10's recently visited Hanley Castle & Upton on a cold and damp morning which was far from cricketing weather, however the players put on an excellent show for the spectators and the game remained in the balance until the final ball of the game. Hanley batted first and Jacob Evans and J Hodgetts got off to a sensible start as the Green bowlers found that bowling with a bar of soap was no easy task.  The introduction of spin wizard Josh Dickenson saw the first wicket fall a caught and bowled as the first pair took the score to 208.  J Boulton and Joe Clive then sensibly protected their wickets as the wides allowed the scoreboard to tick over as did O Potts and E Witton and although no runs came from the bat, the score reached a healthy 239.  Final pair J Benson-Smith and Charlie Williams looked to push the score along with the former finding the boundary before Ben MacIntosh bowled Williams and at the close of the innings Hanley had taken their score to a respectable 247. Special mention to Jessica Haffield who bowled two very tidy overs on her debut for the team.  In response, Jack Sampson and Ben Sutton both looked accomplished taking the score to 209, although Sampson was undone by a good ball from Charlie Williams.  Jess Haffield and skipper Ollie Hallion showed good application and pushed the score along to 227, but third pair of Ben MacIntosh and Stan Price-Ayers struggled against some accurate bowling, with Jacob Evans picking up two wickets and E Witton one.  With the last pair of Josh Dickenson and Issac Oakley at the crease and twenty runs still required, Hanley were looking favourites, but both batted with great authority dispatching anything loose to the boundary and defending the good balls whilst taking the score to 249 with one over to go.  With Dickenson on strike for the last over and the impressive Benson-Smith building up a head of steam, Dickenson showed great maturity and no less ability to block the balls out as a lost wicket would have reduced the score by five runs and given Hanley victory.  There was however drama to the end, as on the last ball Dickenson played a beautiful shot to backward point where it was well fielded, but for some unknown reason the batsmen decided to run, but luckily for them the throw missed the stumps and the Green won an entertaining game by just 3 runs.  A good game played in a fine spirit despite the cold.