Catch up on a busy few weeks for our youngest junior teams, in our results round up :
Sunday 25th July - we visited Longhist to play Morpeth Arrows. We batted first scoring an excellent 143 for 7 in 20 overs, Ibrahim Tayaab with 35 and Aaron Armstrong 32 both having to retire, there was also useful contributions from Warren Poxon with 16 and Ellie Foggan with 14 not out. We then restircted Morpeth to 80 for 8 from their 20 overs, Ben Robinson taking 3 wickets for 2 runs, and Ibrahim Ahmed taking 2 wickets for 8 runs.
Sunday 1st August - our game v Newcastle was cancelled due to wet weather.
Sunday 8th August - our game v South North was abandoned after we had bowled them out for only 67. Wickets were shared around with 2 each for Mayaank Reddy and Rory Mustard, 1 each for Olly Tunrer, Elly Foggan and Aaron Armstrong.
Sunday 15th August - another game cancelled due to rain this time against Ashington.
Tuesday 17th August - after a long wait since our last game in the competition we finally played our 30 over NEPL Semi final game against South North. Unfortunately we reserved our poorest performance of the season, the game started well as we readh 43 for 2, with Jayem Patel (21) and Aaron Armstrong (13), however a collapse of England test team proporitions saw us slip to 59 all out inside 23 overs. South North easily knocked off our total for the loss of 3 wickets, Aaron taking 2 and Warren Poxon the other wicket.
Sunday 22nd August - the home game against Tynedale was called off due to unavailability in Tynedale ranks, as it happens the Saturday deluge would of meant the fixture would of most likely have been cancelled.
We have managed to fit 2 more games around the bad weather though both games were played on some wet pitches. Now that we are coming to the end of the season we are starting to introduce some new players to U11 cricket and they have all coped well with the step up.
Sunday 1st August - we batted first against Tynedale and for the second game in a row came up just short of reaching a net score of 100. Good hitting from Ibrahim, including a 6, and Harsh combined with only losing 4 wickets to score 297. We bowled and fielded well to limit Tynedale to a net score of 180 a took a total of 12 wickets. The pick of the bowlers were Hector with 3 wickets and Ramen picking up 2 wickets in his first game. We also managed to get 5 run outs and Oliver and Nicholas both took good catches.
Sunday 8th August - Having had 2 close games against South North already this season we came up against a strong team including a number of county players when we met again. Unfortunately we saved our worst bowling and fielding performance of the season for this game for the first half of the innings. We came back into game with Nicholas and Liam both picking up two wickets but South North reached a total of 271. Facing a strong bowling attack we stayed in touch with the run rate Gabriel hitting some a couple of sixes and some good running. As with our other games against South North they saved their strongest bowlers to the last pair and managed to pick up three late wickets to peg us back to a score of 246.
The third u9 festival of the season was at Backworth on SUnday 8th August and despite some wet weather we managed to play three games. Our first game was against Benwell and we score 262 in our 8 overs with Oliver and Thomas W leading the way but it was great to see that every pair hit at least one boundary. We bowled and fielded well to limit Benwell to a net score of 226.
We had a our closer game of the season against Alnmouth. We were brilliant in the field with Raheem and Sukhveer taking outstanding catches to restrict Alnmouth to 222. We managed to lose a wicket in each of the first five overs and seemed determined to get run out! We needed 17 from our last pair and a 6 from Raheem meant we needed 5 from the last over and a scrambled single gave us a 1 run win.
Our final game was against a second team from Benwell. Some good batting from Nishka and Amelia led us to 242 with Good bowling from Matthew and Thomas F limiting Benwell to 212.
The team did really well in some wet and windy conditions and it was great to win all three games.