U12s win with a good bowling performance
The weather conditions again kept us guessing however both teams were determined to make this match happen and happen it did. The WG team manager took the gamble that it would rain and hence it would be safer to play on the artificial wicket at Loxwood rather than risk rain on Wisborough Green which inevitably would have ended up in a cancelled game - disappointingly he was wrong!
Pulborough won the toss and elected to put WG in to bat. The pitch was lively and hence bowling good line and length always gave a chance to the bowler. For the batsman playing straight and being patient were essential. Although WG got off to a good start a combination of inpatience and playing across the line meant that wickets started to fall. A couple of the WG batsman were unlucky to be out on bowls that did not bounce however most of the rest got themselves out by playing across the line to straight bowls. Jacob Ball (11 runs) and Hugo March (7 runs) did a great job of stabilising the side to ensure that we were not all going to be bowled out before the allotted 20 overs. We ended up on 71 runs for 8 at the break.
If we were going to win this game we needed to bowl straight and limit the extras and that is what the team did. Unfortunately Harvey Bryant suffered a knock on the head while the WG batsmen were practising and as a result of not feeling well left the field soon after the break. Thankfully he recovered quickly however Friday night at St Richard's Hospital (Chichester) A & E department is never the most entertaining. Harry Lloyd bowled a magnificent first spell and rightly ended up with figures of 4 wickets for 8 runs from 4 overs. Hugo March, Henry Daramola-Martin, Cameron Davidson and Toby Lonsdale all put in good performances to limit the Pulborough run rate. Jack Dixon bowled very well to post figures of 4 overs, 3 maidens, 3 wickets for 2 runs. Consequently Pulborough ended up with 56 runs for 9 after their 20 overs.
This was a close match and all credit must be given to a young Pulborough team who equipped themselves well - a force to be reckoned with in the future no doubt.
Matt Sunderland in action