Knaresborough U9 Kings make it 4 out of 4 wins.

The U9 Kings team have had a fantastic start to the season, winning 4 from 4.
Due to fixture irregularities the Knights have only played one game so far, losing to an experienced Spofforth A team. Notable performances on debut from Joe Lindsay (20 runs) and 2 wickets for Joe Sutcliffe.
The Kings season started with two hard fought wins at home against Pannal and Spofforth respectively.
Winning margins of 4 runs and 5 runs show how close the games were, and all Knaresborough players played fantastically.
Notable performances:
Against Pannal, Oliver Ward lead the way with 19 runs, with other notable performances with the bat by both Jake Stalker and Lewis Mitchell. The bowling was fantastic, with Lucas Robinson leading the way with 2 wickets for 5 runs, other wickets for Ward and Mitchell.
Against Spofforth, Daniel Burrell lead the way with 21 runs, ably supported by Lucas Robinson with the bat this time (10). Excellent bowling then followed, lead by paceman Alex Richardson, taking 2 for 11. More wickets followed from Ward, Rochester, Robinson and Artindale on debut, clearly more talented than his Dad!
After two close wins confidence was high and we travelled to Harrogate in the 1st round of the cup, the team lead by Stalkers troops, in the absence of the head coach. A stunning batting performance started proceedings, James Hampson (16) and U8 starlet Will Mitchell (6) forming a good opening partnership. Mitchell and Timmis kept things ticking with sensible batting, only losing one wicket between them. The Floodgates then opened with Olly Ward hitting 29, including 22 off one over, with great support from Richardson. More was to come with the last pair of Stalker (15) and Burrell (13) making hay at Harrogate. A formidable total of 331 was posted.
The bowlers then took over, and although wickets were at a premium, the bowling was tight, Stalker conceding only 7 from his 2 overs, and Ward only 1. Richardson finished them off with a wicket, to record a fantastic 54 run victory.
Bank Holiday Monday saw the troops play Whixley at Scotton. Against a young Whixley side we bowled very well. Tom Artindale lead the way with 2 wickets opening the bowling, and with Hampson only conceding two from his overs the platform was set. More wickets followed from Charlie Porter on debut, starting a great all round performance, regular wickets followed from Robinson, Lindsay, Sutcliffe and Ward to leave Whixley on 206. Hampson again lead from the front scoring 10, well supported by the aforementioned Porter (3). Ward then strode in at 3 and hit 24, well supported by Stephen Smith who performed well on seasonal debut. Then came the Joe’s (Lindsay and Sutcliffe) Elegant left hander Lindsay playing the shot of the day with a well timed straight drive on his way to 12. The rain then came making batting harder, but we achieved 297 for victory.

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