More news from the under 10 Lewisham cricket team’s season, which having started on such a high seems to have followed the England one day team into a bit of a nose dive.
Today’s match was against Bexley, who I understand had beaten the Lewisham boys a few weeks ago at a match I didn’t see. This time spirits were high and it was felt that a total of close to 100 would set the home side a challenge.
However, the opening pair found it difficult to start. Running between the wickets was hesitant and the gaps hard to find. And although wickets didn’t fall neither were runs being added at any great pace.
At the halfway point (13 overs) Lewisham had just reached 20 runs and it was clear that the tempo had to be raised. As the batsmen tried to do that against an excellent attack runs were added, but at a price.
Wickets began to fall regularly, the usually reliable captain was out for a golden duck and others fell cheaply. Nevertheless, by the end of the 25th over Lewisham had posted a total of 80 runs.
The Lewisham bowlers knew that early wickets would put Bexley under pressure but despite their best efforts Bexley stole singles and got the scoreboard ticking over in next to no time.
Then the match swung a little towards the visiting team, a stunning catch at midwicket saw the downfall of one Bexley batsman and then another good catch was held. Unfortunately the bowlers were unable to build on those moments and despite making the batsmen play and miss on numerous occasions they weren’t able to take wickets.
Bexley cut loose towards the end and finished the game strongly reaching the target with 5 overs to spare and with 7 wickets in hand.
Lewisham’s novice wicketkeeper deserves a word of praise. Called in to take up this specialist position with only few hours training he managed the gloves well and deserved the praise that he received from his team mates and coaches at the end of the match.
Finally to note that this match saw the debut of Lewisham’s youngest player, a 7 year old of some promise. 12th man today but allowed to bowl two overs of leg-spin, which went for 9 runs. He was awarded the match ball at the end of the game.