UNDER 11s VISIT STOKENCHURCH 6-A-SIDE TOURNAMENT
By Eleanor Phillips
Played 5 matches; won 2; lost 3. Ended up 3rd of 5 teams overall.
This is another wonderful report from Phil Shepley.
The great people at Stokenchurch put on a fantastic 6 a-side tournament this Sunday and hosted 3 teams, including Ley Hill plus The Lee and Great Kingshill. SCC put in 2 teams, called the SCC Chairs and SCC Kites, It was a hot one! 30deg and not many clouds. We were able to take 8 players to give them a bit of restpite but hydration and hats were definitely the order of the day. My forehead says I didn’t do very well at either.
The format was for all 5 teams to play each other in a league, the winner getting a pass through to the final, 2nd and 3rd fighting out a semi final to play the league winners and a 4th / 5th playoff. Innings were 5 overs each, with a fairly short boundary. To keep things moving, batsman retired at 15, giving everyone a good knock.
First up for us were SCC Chairs. Our captain Ed won the toss and put them into bat. They scored a solid 45 but only after losing 4 wickets to Ed, Luke and Jemima. Ley Hill then picked up their bats and, with Ted and Jemima taking boundaries, scored 37 off their 5 overs. So a loss to start with but it was early days.
Next match we played was against the other Stokenchurch side, SCC Kites. Again Ed won the toss and put them into bat. This time we didn’t get any wickets and they scored 46. Our run chase had to be 10 better this time. Ed opened with Jemima and scored 15 not out over 4 overs. In came Teddy and then Evelyn, after Jemima was cleanly bowled, and added another 12 off the bat. SCC Kites bowled quite expensively and we made the target with 2 runs to spare. Played 2, won 1.
Our third match was against Great Kingshill. They play a couple of divisions above us and quite frankly, it showed. They were awesome. They put us into bat first and Tess scored 9 including a great 4 and Luke got 7 with some superb strikes. Unfortunately the rest of the team all went for 0. Great Kingshill don’t do extras, well only 2 and I still think there’s a public enquiry over that one, so we were at 18. In they come to bat and 10 balls later it’s all over. Let’s move on and learn from it.
Next up were The Lee. Again we won the toss and put them into bat. Evelyn and Sasha started the bowling and pegged The Lee back, frustrating their opening batsmen. Our fielding, particularly from Tess, Rebecca and Evelyn was brilliant. Rebecca opened the batting up with Luke. Rebecca had a great knock and returned at 15 with 3 boundaries. Some really unlucky running saw Luke out and Sasha was also bowled well. We needed 16 off the last over with Teddy and Evelyn at the crease. Some great hitting and very aggressive running got us there with 1 ball to spare. A brilliant performance. Played 4 won 2.
That puts us 3rd in the league and into the semi-final to play the winner - who were of course Great Kingshill.
SCC Chairs were 2nd and so our opponents. Ed put them into bat first and they’d clearly got their eye in, knocking up 66 runs over the 5 overs. Tess did get a wicket in the final over but it was going to be a big run chase. Ed opened and hit 4 boundaries before retiring. Luke was unlucky again and run out when he and Ed were justifyingly trying to run everything chasing down this huge target. Teddy and Rebecca both got boundaries before Tess was bowled, alllowing Evelyn in for the last ball. At that stage we needed 37 so they knocked it and started running, hoping I guess for 36 over throws back to the wicket. They didn’t quite get it and Evelyn was stumped. A very brave performance - nothing to lose at that point.
A brilliant 3rd place against some tough competition. I was so proud of the team, many of which were partying till gone midnight at the CPS camping and must have struggled to raise themselves out the tent this morning, let alone struggle all day under the searing heat. They were all brilliant. Well done to the whole team of:
Teddy - wicket keeper throughout.
Thanks also for the support of the crowd and parents for making it happen.