Friday, 7 June 2019
Under 12 XI v Christ’s College, Brecon (H)
Won by 129 runs Abberley 160 – 5 (Mr Extras 47, Algy 31, Miles 26) Christ’s 31 (Lottie 5-10)
Slow and steady wins the race. Opinion may be divided as to the veracity of this trite dictum, but it proved absolutely right today. Both Algy and Rory (21) retreated into their shells to withstand an opening bowler of some hostility. Had they allowed themselves a peek from under their armour, they may have noticed that the rest of the Christ’s bowling attack lacked teeth. Both were extremely respectful of some below par fielding and so it took quite some time before their careful progress bore fruit. However, it did bear fruit and batting gradually appeared easier.
Bella struck with her first ball but it was Lottie who ripped through our guests’ batting. Her bowling was classic “you miss and I’ll hit” stuff. She may have lacked some of the pace of Brian Statham and indeed of the Brecon Bullet earlier, but four batsmen dismissed clean bowled in three overs takes some doing. Rory’s fielding was eye-catching, too. He held a sharply hit catch early on and ran out one of the visitors with a swift gather and calculated throw.
With all due respect to those involved, there was one moment which reduced me to giggles: the ball was a wide down the leg side. Joe missed it and it ran away to Lottie at short fine leg. She swooped and threw with speed and accuracy (?). Joe, keeping wicket, had just about recovered from his attempt to stop the wide and, returning to his feet, was whirling like a trainee dervish to get into position as he was felled from behind by the incoming missile. It was a moment of slapstick in an otherwise comprehensive win.