The Charter cricketers storm to victory!
The Charter Under 13 boys' cricket team are now top of the league after an incredible return match against COLFE on May 26th. Eight Year 7 pupils and 3 Year 8 pupils made the team. The coin came down as a head and we were sent in to bat. The opening batsmen were Dylan Ross and Harri Graham, who went out to the middle to face the music on a flat track with very little in it for the bowlers, so making it even more important to ensure you have a good line and length. Harri started sending the ball to all corners of the ground playing some classy shots. His favourite area to hit was down the ground. Nothing worse for a bowler then getting a sunburnt roof of the mouth watching the ball fly over their head. At this stage there was a small hiccup for The Charter boys when Dylan was dismissed when trying to go after a spinner, caught at point for 4. This sent captain Ben Bridgeman to the middle and the run rate continued. Harri continued to dispatch the ball and kept the scoring to reach a half century - incredible for a year 7 boy playing against older students. When trying to lift the run rate further he was dismissed for 64. There was 4 overs remaining and Ben was joined by Theo Staniforth. Ben took over and started to play some smart shots and the two combined to bring the total for this first innings to 146 from the 20 overs.
At the change of innings opening bowlers Dylan Ross and Alec Dickson started well and kept the ball in and around off stump. In the first ball of Dylan’s second over, after being delayed by the batsman, he produced an absolute jaffa and caught the batsmen plumb in front giving the umpire no choice but to give him out leg before. There was some sensational fielding with the boys diving to stop boundaries. Some notables in the field were Flynne O’Rourke, Matthew Abbotts and Harry Scott. It really was an incredible team effort. Oli Sirrett came on late and took a wicket with Tom Parry also claiming a scalp. The hosts managed to bat out their overs but even with a strong second half of the innings they fell 19 runs short. Player of the Match was Harri Graham.