Parktown U15a host St Albans
A few milestones and cricketing achievements reached today for this squad.
Many highlights in today's game.
Would you like to know the plan by the Coach going into this fixture?
What can the U15 batting lineup do? That was it. With the weather calling the previous two results, Uncle Nish needed to see what the batting attack consisted of. The few weeks of nets and preparation had led up to this day.
This time, sunshine all the way. The opposition are a credible equal who stood at a 2 - 1 win advantage. All was needed was the toss to fall into our favour. That, it did! Into bat went the opening pair of Ameer Jardine and Damien Brits.
A cracking opening partnership broke the first of the milestones. It is that the first wicket fell after the 10th over. A respectable 66 run foundation to see out the openers and put the pressure onto the bowlers.
Looking solid and punching some classy straight drives, Ameer was eventually bowled by the Primary spinner, in his first over, just when he was looking solid to reaching his second 50 of the week.
The score now on 72, it felt like a plan was in place with the next pair coming in to demonstrate their abilities to Uncle Nish. Kai Page and Shrey Patel walked to a wicket that was fantastic to bat on. When Kai was bowled in the 26th over for a nice 30, a second 50+ partnership was created.
Up stepped Nicholas Holland, also fresh off a fifty in the midweek T20.
BOOM The Patel / Holland wrecking crew made the first ODI 100 partnership of the U15 squad this year. Nicholas muscling his way to 77 off 54 balls and scoring the only 6's of the match. 3 in total. His 4th wicket falling in the 42nd over and Parktown having 265 runs on the board.
The 300 mark was on track with the run rate ahead of the graph at this point and allowing some comfort to the next 6 batsmen to grab the 35 runs needed.
Shrey was backing up his partners and was 2 runs off his century in the final over. A brave stroke had the ball came out of the middle of the bat. It soared within 5 metres of the Deep Cover boundary and was the first solid catch that St Albans had made today. Uncle Nish had now seen how his batsmen performed on a batting wicket under perfect conditions. In a post match interview he had mentioned that "those who wanted to take their chance, stood up and were counted"
324 is the highest score that the class of 2021 had amassed thus far. A target of 325 was now a worry to St Albans. How could their batting lineup and their will hold up to win this match?
This week's training was intensely focused on fielding. The bowlers were expected to know what to do and hold their discipline.
Scorecards fail to show overthrows and fielding errors. 4 overthrows at stumps led to 5 runs and boundary byes, adding an unnecessary 20 runs to St Albans run tally. Each of the Parktown bowlers had contributed to the gift of another 6 overs of wides. A poor display of discipline. 52 extras alongside sloppy fielding had lifted the batting total to nearly 80 runs too many.
The 8 fantastic wickets taken by both Ameer and Kai silenced the over-confidence of the St Albans U15a team of 2018.
The 137 run victory ticked the highest ODI margin of this team. Yet another milestone.
Well done Shrey for being named Man of The Match with his knock of 98.
Ironically, the U15's last Saturday fixture of this year and of last year were with St Albans and both ended in victory for our lads.
Well done gents.