In between the Thunderstorms this week the U9’s took on local rivals Follifoot and Goldsborough in a double header.
The Knights bowled first against Follifoot, early wickets from Captain Hampson (1-11) and ‘King’ Louis (2-7) got us off to a good start. Further wickets followed for Will Mitchell and Lucas Robinson, who bowled a very tight two overs (1-3). However some strong Follifoot batting saw them reach a good total of 280.
The Kings batted first against G’boro. A Good start was made by Mitchell (5) and top scorer Stalker (15), however some ‘hard to hit !!’ bowling made scoring hard, and despite only losing 3 wickets Knaresborough recorded 264.
So at half time, the Kings had scored a slightly under par total, and the Knights had conceded a reasonable total. Were the crowd worried? Not a bit (ok a little) , but the boys were not.
Runs flowed for the Knights, Captain James scored 16, and was joined as top scorer by No.3 Will Mitchell, who wasn’t worried by singles, and hit four boundaries, showing his relation to club director of cricket Corcy runs through to his batting. Not to be outdone, Joe Sutcliffe joined the party smashing 15, including 3 boundaries, and joins the ranks of U9’s who are clearly more talented than their Dads. A slightly chaotic last partnership entertained the crowd, but they were always in control (??) The Knights ended on 294, to record a great 14 run victory.
The Kings bowling started very well, Stalker and Richardson only conceding 8 runs in the first 2 overs, with the G’boro batsman clearly under instruction to not lose wickets. The score ticked along, and despite a further wicket this season for Artindale, Goldsborough’s last pair came out needing only 4 to win from 4 overs. They thought they had won, Burrell and Ward thought otherwise. Burrell started off with a great maiden to put the pressure on. Ward took a wicket with his first ball, but then 4 byes put the opposition back in the driving seat, but Olly came back well and took a further wicket with the last ball of his first over. So, two overs left, now 8 to win, Burrell takes a wicket, and only concedes one run, finishing with great figures of 2-1-1-1. G’boro take a few risky runs off Ward’s last over, but he comes back with two wickets in the last three balls (finishing with 4-4) to leave the team celebrating a 12 run victory.
Well done to all the boys, and can I say, they all behaved very well, and supported their team mates fantastically. Can I also thank all my ‘Assistant Managers’ and helpers, I couldn’t do it without you.