There was a comprehensive victory for the Stoke Newington U13Bs against North Middlesex U13Cs last Saturday morning with great contributions from everyone.
Alfie won the toss and chose to bat, which ended up being the right decision despite the significant early swing achieved by the rapid North Midd opening bowlers getting him out cheaply. Archie, Sam and Jonah all contributed runs early with the team scoring at six an over from the outset. As wickets fell, Ted came in and steadied the ship with Rupert and then Henry came in and top scored with 27, bringing the total to 126 off 20 overs.
Jonah and Sam bowled excellent opening three-over spells, each taking a wicket. They were supported by high-energy and excellent tight fielding by the whole team keeping North Midd to three an over. Henry kept very well in the first half of the innings, stopping some very pacey bowling and not conceding the byes that are so often a feature at this age group.
Even when North Midd did manage to play some shots, excellent boundary fielding from Jonty, Freddie and Archie kept their total down. No catches were dropped - with a good couple taken by Sam and an excellent one by Archie.
The restriction of the scoring continued with the slower bowlers - Freddy, Miles and Ted. Ted managed to get their best batsman out, stumped by Sid who had taken the gloves for the second half of the innings. Miles took two wickets in his two-over spell, to go with the two wickets which Rupert had got with his pace bowling.
Stokey kept up the pace and energy in the field right to the end, with Alfie’s encouragement, responding well to the time pressure from seeing the senior teams turning up for the next match! North Middlesex ended on 77 for 7 - a win for Stokey by 49 runs.