Eversley U9's vs Wield U9's, Sat 21st May

Wield 273-4 beat Eversley 234-9

For the second game of the season it was another road trip as Wield went to Eversley, which involved heading about as far north in Hampshire as you can go. And what a difference two weeks makes: the weather has receded two months and it was cold, wet and blowy. Captain Thomas took the toss and we were batting. Max and Monty were first up and with their runs and extras took the score to a healthy 217-1 after the first four overs, despite a bowling. Olly and Summer took over and the rain settled into a steady drizzle as Olly smashed a four, was bowled and the total rose to 235-2 – positive momentum was the key. Thomas and Maxim got down to some quick running between the wickets and despite a run-out in the final over we were left on 250-3, looking good in the conditions. The final pair Will and Josh went for it with a flourish, both smashing fours and Josh a six to take the score to a final 273-4.

Tea was unfortunately as wet as the conditions: squash and some rather damp biscuits, nothing for the officials...oh dear.

So moving things along swiftly we soon had Eversley’s innings to contend with and Max and Monty immediately made them sit up and pay attention. Max bowled the opener on the first ball of the innings, which set the tone for a further bowled and run-out in his second over. Eversley crept to 205-3 after their first four. Summer and Olly continued to pile on the pressure as Olly took another bowled with a run-out two balls later – the pressure was telling – 214-5 after their first two pairs. Maxim and Thomas stepped up and Thomas bowled one in his final over as Eversley tried to move things along: 229-6 going into the final four overs. Josh and Will piled in and Will bowled three while Josh held down the other end and Eversley stuttered to 234-9, a good victory for Wield in the drizzle!

A second great performance from all - good to see Maxim settling into the swing of things while Monty joined us with real enthusiasm for his first time this season. Again Wield in the field was very tight and it is particularly exciting to see so many shattered stumps from the accurate bowling. On the batting side, another game another six and a flurry of fours, more of those too please!

Rupert Cazalet