Great Kingshill Under 13's v Beaconsfield Under 13's
By Richard Bruton
GKCC defeat Beaconsfield in return fixture by 27 runs
On winning the toss Will had no hesitation in batting first on another hot and sunny evening. Will and Oscar started in their usual fashion putting on 40 runs before Will(11) was bowled by a ball which kept very low. Zac then joined Oscar and with the score on 51, Oscar (28) was run out due to a belated call from Zac and his own ball watching . Sam then hit 9 runs quickly before being bowled. Zac was joined by Oli Holmes and they took the score to 117 in the 15th over before Oli retired with a well struck 30. Dylan(16 n.o.) and Zac (30n.o.) continued the steady scoring and GK finished on 164 runs. We needed to bowl and field well with short boundaries on one side of the ground and a very fast outfield. Beaconsfield's county opening bat, Harry, got them off to a flying start and retired on 32 in the fourth over punishing anything short or slightly overpitched. Despite dropping some difficult chances from their other opening batter, Jack, the introduction of Nick Stoian changed the game taking 3 wkts for 10 runs in his 3 overs including opener Jack well caught by Oscar. A slick piece of fielding by Tristan with an accurate and fast throw to Oli who tidily completed the run out of their number 6 bat. Sam then chipped in with 2 wickets giving catches to Tristan and Dylan and despite some good hitting by their number 5 and 10 in the last few overs , Beaconsfield never looked like reaching the target and finished on 137.
This was a great end to the season and showed how much the team has developed this summer after a slow start now playing with much more intensity in their all round game.