The u12s, despite a few wobbles with the ball and bat, were too strong for a very talented Kent team (featuring our own Aditya Kumar). The day started with our premier fast bowler getting into no ball trouble and losing a contact lens and before we knew it Kent were away and at 37 for 0 things were looking little shaky. Seth Eley and Alex Peggie however wrestled back control with some tight lines and both were rewarded with wickets. The spinners then took over and Jonty and Ahmed bowled with guile and control to put the Kent batsman under pressure. A few lusty blows at the end meant Kent managed 161 for 7. Jonty Postlewhite taking 4 wickets.
Our chase started ok with Guarav in particular striking the ball nicely. However Guarav was disastrously run out and soon after Kit was deceived by the slowest of slow balls and with George following in a similar fashion we were in trouble. Ben and Jacob looked set but perished to the Kent spinners. Ollie Sykes however, fresh from his first 100 for LS the previous week (and a late call up after illness prevented Dhruv taking his place) was in total control from ball one. His 60 runs were a mix of power and control and he managed to hit the excellent Kent spinners out of the attack. When he was dismissed looking to hit another long ball, 40 runs were still needed with 4 wickets left. Fortunately we had plenty of batting but no-one else was needed, Robbie and Jonty batted nervelessly to get us home with some ease (with Ahmed (our regular opener), Seth and James still in the hutch).
The boys were delighted with the victory following on from last year's catastrophic collapse against Kent when in a winning position.
The Kent team is very good (and won the Taunton festival as u11s last year) and as such this must go down as one of this team's finest victories.
Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.