Marlow Town A U.11's v Gt Kingshill U.11's
By Richard Bruton
Gt KIngshill U11's fall short by 7 runs in closely fought match.
Having bowled and caught very well to restrict Marlow to 250 for 9 wickets, Great Kingshill made life very difficult for themselves by losing 9 wickets between overs 5 and 12. When bowling Jacob took 3 wickets, Sam and Nick 2 each backed up by some good catches from hard hit shots kept Marlow down to what should have been an attainable score if the team batted sensibly. However after a promising start from Oscar and Jacob the next 8 overs during which Marlow took 9 wickets due to some accurate bowling and poor shot selection. During this period there were also 2 avoidable run outs where basic calling was lacking. So after 12 overs and with the score at a net 192 Sam and Zac came to the crease and with some positive running between the wickets took the score to 212 after 16 overs. Oli and Will needed 39 off the last 4 overs to win the match but despite some well timed shots from Oli(19) and Will(9) they fell short of the target- but a great effort from them both.
Points to learn - on a slow low bounce pitch it is necessary to watch the ball and play as late as possible , play straight not across the line.