Hard-fought win for the U9s
Sunday 27 May 2012:  Finchley U9s - 59 v SNCC U9s - 68.  Won by 9 runs (friendly).
On a glorious Sunday morning at the Marshes a relatively inexperienced Stoke Newington side was victorious in an evenly-matched game against Finchley.
Finchley won the toss and elected to bat with an experienced opening pair both batting very well and scoring off the bat, the score advanced to 25 without loss.  The next pair scored less quickly and tighter Stoke Newington bowling and fielding meant that five wickets were taken from the third, fourth and fifth Finchley batting pairs.  After 20 overs Finchley had amassed 59 runs net.
Stoke Newington went in to bat with David and Luca giving the team a solid start and scoring at three an over to make the total reachable if we could hold on to our wickets.  Jamie and Ted coming in next consolidated the innings and did not lose a wicket, they were followed by Barney and Sholto who both batted sensibly and only lost one wicket.  The run rate had however slowed at this stage and Layth and Tom went in and defended well and the team benefitted from the bowling of the less-experienced Finchley bowlers who let the run rate rise by giving away lots of extras.  The final batting pair, Daniel and Harry, were charged with getting two runs and not losing any wickets, they quickly amassed the necessary runs and more from the bat and extras, but Stoke Newington were guilty of premature celebration going into the last over with the total at 71 only to lose a wicket and feel the heat turned on. However some stalwart batting saw them through, finishing with a total of 68 and a hard-fought win.

Special praise must go to David Ansah for mature captaincy, Daniel Ansah for a splendid batting display in his first hard ball match, Jamie Lindsey for bowling two maidens and taking a wicket, Oscar Canning-Thompson for fielding for both Finchley and Stoke Newington and Sholto Norman for batting for both Finchley and Stoke Newington.   Also to the rest of the team for excellent performances and great sportsmanship.

Well done also to the parents who helped get the boys ready and supported the team brilliantly.