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Claires Court Maidenhead

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Junior Boys U11 Cricket Tour 2017

The Junior Boys U11 cricket tour in Devon started with a match against Blundell’s in Tiverton. This would be far the strongest opposition of the weekend, with 5 Devon county players in their team.

Mr Brad Pennington, PE Teacher wrote the following report:

“We batted first and got off to a rocky start losing a wicket in the first over and then lost our second with only 4 runs on the board. Louis Stewart and Jamie Shepard steadied the ship with a 40 run partnership. As there weren’t too many overs left in our inning the rest of the batsmen had to try and accelerate the run rate.

We knew that our bowling and fielding would have to be top notch to defend our 98 runs. Matthew Dempster and Ollie Todd got us off to the perfect start, Blundell’s were 2 down for 3 runs, and you could see the boys wanted this one. After a great start for us, it was Blundell’s turn to steady their ship with a 60 run partnership leaving them needing only 27 off the last 5 overs -  it looked as if Blundell’s had this one in the bag. However the boys had different ideas, after taking the wicket of their star batsman with just 13 runs needed for a Blundell’s victory, the Claires Court bowlers ripped through their tail taking the last 5 wickets for just 5 runs. Matthew Dempster taking 4 wickets and Lucca Thomas taking 3 wickets making them the pick of the bowlers. It was a win for Claires Court in the end by just 7 runs.

On Saturday the team played Hatherleigh, a local Devon club side, and a team made up of varying experience with a hardball. This time our batters did their job and we ended up with 167/4 - Gabe Cooper 32 N.O., Matthew Dempster 34 N.O. and Louis Stewart 38 N.O. Our bowlers took their cue from the batters and bowled Hatherleigh out for 41 with Sam Jackson taking 3 wickets, winning in the end by 126 runs.

Sunday was an early start against Braunton who again had a mixer of players ranging up to year 8. They provided stiffer opposition for our boys but they were still no match for the Claires Court ‘Steam Train’. We scored 127/9 in our 20 overs Jamie Shepard scoring 25. The bowlers again were on target from the start with Matthew Dempster, Harrison Sands and Ollie Todd all taking 2 wickets apiece, bowling Braunton out for 51 runs and winning by 76 runs.

A huge thank you must go out to Mr Barber for organising this tour and a massive well done to the boys for their performances both on and off the field.”

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