Greenwich’s Revenge

Lewisham’s under 10 cricketers took to the field for the second time this season, once again facing their Greenwich counterparts.

This time Lewisham batted first, and found the going much harder than on the previous occasion. In perfect conditions for swing Greenwich’s bowlers had the upper hand, with Lewisham scoring at run an over for the opening 9 overs. Unfortunately every time they tried to force the pace Greenwich’s boys struck, and only one of the Lewisham batsmen was able to stick around for any length of time; and even he found scoring difficult.

There was a little diamond of an innings from Lewisham’s number 7, bringing some belief to the the team and upping the scoring rate considerably.

Nevertheless, at the end of 24 overs Lewisham had set a target of 71, which the adults in attendance agreed was going to be difficult to defend.

So it proved; Greenwich’s opening batsman, a strapping 9 year old, hit the ball with force and found gaps that Lewisham’s batsmen had found impossible to find. And while Lewisham’s bowlers were far more accurate than in the last game, runs were coming freely.

Things changed again after the opening bat retired unbeaten on 29. Lewisham brought on a left arm seam bowler who took 4 wickets in a devastating spell of three overs. Suddenly runs dried up, the gaps were plugged and Greenwich’s momentum dried up.

However, while runs off the the bat were once again proving to be difficult to come by, over by over they were creeping up on Lewisham’s target, and eventually in a late burst of hitting Greenwich crossed the finishing line with a couple of overs to spare.

The match was also notable for the introduction of Lewisham’s youngest player, a 7 year old with plenty of promise. An enthralling game appreciated by everyone who saw it.


About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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