The batting was MAGIC the fielding was TRAGIC.
The Under 13s put in a mixed performance against League and Cup winners
Worcester Nomads. Although going down by 80 runs the boys let several
chances literally slip through their hands in the field but can take great
heart from an excellent batting performance.
With a side decimated by injury and unavailability Green skipper Freeman
choose to field first in the 35 degree heat boosted by the news that drinks
would be available throughout the innings. Michael Ellis again put in an
excellent opening burst and saw Mills dropped first ball but he and A
Williams then eased their side into a comfortable position. The deputising
Joe Budd behind the stumps was flying as he stopped the wayward deliveries
but after drinks at ten overs A Williams retired on 33. The next ten overs
was one to forget for the Green lads as they wilted under the sun,
forgetting to do the basics Nomads piled on the runs, only the run out of
Mills (24) brought any cheer. Warren, H Williams and Curtis all smashed
rapid 30 retired as the Nomads total reached 202. Debutante Rowan
Standish-Hayes with four overs for 28 was unlucky as he beat the batsmen on
several occasions but the Green fielders were just glad to be in the shade.
Nomads showed why they are League and Cup winners with an impressive and
disciplined display in the field. They did not allow any easy runs and the
bowlers were accurate. James Hurd fell for two to the pace of Williams but
Christopher Bridges took the attack to the bowlers and played superbly with
a series of crashing drives that had the Nomads fielders on the boundary.
Lewis Churchill now opened up himself and the score moved ever upwards.
Bridges continued to find the boundary and retired on 33, having played his
best innings to date for the Colts. Aston Kerr announced his arrival at the
crease with a crashing boundary through mid wicket and continued his
personal onslaught with more boundaries until Nomads decided to plug these
areas and restrict him to just the single. Churchillís sensible and resolute
innings saw him retire at 30 and Kyte joined Kerr. Kerr was determined to
reach thirty but perished in the final over for an entertaining and
sparkling 24. The Greenís final score of 122 although well short of Nomads
total does represent the teamís best batting effort to date.