U10s lose unbeaten record in attritional encounter at Primrose Hill

Saturday 25 June 2011:  Primrose Hill U10s - 59 for 5 vs SNCC U10s - 36 for 10.  Lost by 23 runs (league).

The U10s lost their unbeaten record in the league to a strong Primrose Hill team who narrowly prevailed in an attritional contest.

Asked to chase for the first time this season, Stokey faced a challenging, but by no means unachieveable target of 59, albeit made tricker by the distant boundaries and sluggish outfield.  Although Henry Pratt and Emile O'Dwyer saw off the hosts' excellent opening bowlers without undue alarm, Stokey's middle-order struggled to keep up with the run-rate.  Confused running between the wickets and some ill-advised slogging caused wickets to fall at regular intervals, leaving the last pair with far too much to do when Primrose Hill's opening attack returned for the final four overs.

Earlier Stokey had won plaudits from their hosts for a disciplined and patient performance in the field - the accomplished Primrose Hill line-up kept Stokey waiting until the 16th over before the first wicket fell to a bowler, notwithstanding a whole-hearted opening burst from Henry Pratt.  Two direct-hit run outs by the alert Ted Dixon had managed to slow the hosts' progress, before nerveless death bowling from U8 paceman, Joe Kingsley-Smith, and U9 leggie, Thomas Holden, kept the eventual target within reach.

All the boys deserve credit for a tremendous game of cricket played in an excellent spirit.  Primrose Hill just edged Stokey in each facet of the game to run out worthy winners, leaving the visitors facing a must-win match against Hornsey to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the knock-out stages.