The Evening’s proceedings began with Watsonian U13’s winning the toss and electing to bat. Unfortunately Watsonians did not get off to the ideal start as they lost 3 wickets within the first 4 overs. On the upside, they were scoring at a fast rate meaning that we were sitting at 20 for 3 off 4 overs. This trend of gaining runs at a fast pace but losing wickets along with it, continued until Charlie Robertson and Alexander Abbey stepped up to the crease. Alexander took it upon himself to dispatch any bowlers that he faced all over the field, silencing the Grange fielders. A personal favourite of the coaches was the muscle shot in the cow corner region for 4 that Alexander played. Eventually with this late flurry of runs from both of the boys (Charlie Robertson 11 and Alexander Abbey 23), this left the team with a defendable total of 96 runs all out off 16 overs.
One thing that encouraged Coach Chalmers about this team being able to defend this total had been their incredible improvements seen over the past three weeks with their fielding. This was again on display as the Grange top order were finding it incredibly hard to find gaps in the Sonian fielding wall. Along with the impressive fielding was some spicy bowling from new club member Jamie Higgs (2 for 12 off 3 overs). Jamie told Coach that the first ball beamer was not intentional but looking back on it now it is believed to be a new found tactic from the youngster as it resulted in him getting a wicket the next ball! Definitely cheeky but effective tactics from Jamie! The boys continued to keep the run rate down and restrict many boundaries but the one area that began to allow Grange to creep ever closer to the score was our Extras which unfortunately became Grange’s top scorer of the day. With the game getting close to the finale a piece of U13 cricket brilliance occurred when the ball was hit out to extra cover fielder Nathan Hodgeson who with complete ease scooped the ball up with one hand and threw down the bowler’s end stumps! This was exactly what the team needed to keep their hopes alive of winning this tense encounter. With it coming down to the last over of the game and Grange needing 6 to win, Captain Lowry Fernando turned to the one and only Charlie Robertson. The game went down to the second last ball with scores tied but unfortunately with one strong sweep shot past square leg it resulted in Grange snatching the victory away from Watsonians.
Even though the result did not go their way last night, much credit should go to young Charlie Robertson who stepped up under huge amounts of pressure to bowl the last over, something that his own coach and many top players in the Club would shy away from.
All in all the boys played a fantastic game of cricket and should be proud off their efforts. On to the next match lads!