Kings Hill U13 Hurricanes had a fantastic result, beating a very strong Sevenoaks Vine team for the first time. It’s another step forward for this team and the junior efforts at the club. Well done to all involved.
Proud coach Neil Taylor provided this report:
Sevenoaks Vine won toss and batted, their strong line up expecting to bat us out of the game. But a brilliant opening spell of bowling by Toby 1/12 from 3 and Justin 0/5 from 3 really set the standard. Really tight bowling and regular wickets put pressure on the new batsmen at regular intervals.
The bowlers were backed up by excellent fielding from everyone (creative in-out fields set by the skipper, that was key! Note to skipper 😉)
Enter the spinners – Will with 4/11 from 3 and Abhay 2/12 from 3 . Both of them bowled brilliantly, backed up by Ben behind the stumps.
This was, for me, the game winning period… excellent field placing, solid catching by everyone and a classic legspinner’s wicket (stumping) from Will and Ben to get rid of their best player.
102 to get in 20 overs.
We talked about this being our best chance to beat them, we just needed to keep out the two county quick bowlers. We could block out a few maidens if necessary. There were a few concerned faces in the changing room – Smith is quite lively pace-wise!
We lost an early wicket but got off to a good start with a few boundaries. We were well up with the run rate but after 10 overs were 45/4. Ryan Ward, (19) batted very calmly, keeping out the straight balls and putting the bad ball away. He was the bedrock of our innings.
Toby came in and played a little cameo with a few boundaries, but at that point it was starting to get away from us. Enter Justin and Ollie. Beautiful straight drives from Justin for boundaries as well as brilliant running from these two. They stayed calm and kept out the straight deliveries which was absolutely key.
Ollie and I have talked about belief and we have done many attacking drills. His first few balls were a little nervous (we needed about 18 from last three overs). And then a well-timed 4 through square leg and a brilliantly timed 6 over mid wicket! His expression will stay with me for a while. You could see the amazement and also the confidence come in.
We needed two from the last over and they brought on their quick bowler, but it was too late. Justin (who I’m now going to call the Iceman) and Ollie pushed the 2 runs required with ease.
I’d like to just say that not everyone can contribute in every game, batting and bowling wise, but we talk about this all the time. Everyone fields for 50% of every game and I can tell you they were brilliant in the field. It’s why we practise so hard at it. It showed and the boys were the better fielding team on the day.
Alex was one that didn’t manage to get on to bowl or bat. I know he would be disappointed, but his energy in the field and after the game when we were all shouting and dancing in the changing room told me he, like the rest of the lads is a huge team player.
Special mention to Will. The captaining and manoeuvring the field about was brilliant. Really starting to get the game craft together now.
I hope all the boys read this and take some real confidence from that performance into the match against Tunbridge Wells on Wednesday. Bring it on, I say!