Third Team Match Report week 2

Third Team Match Report week 2

By Jon Gunning
15 May
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Heavy defeat although it was not all bad as two of the youngsters managed to shine


A heavily depleted 3rd XI hosted Totteridge Millhillians who had won convincingly the previous week.
The visitors won the toss and asked Bury to field, who played the first hour and a half with only 9 players.
 
The skipper took responsibility of trying to keep things tight one end before introducing U13 debutant Jason Gallagher early on in proceedings at the Church end. After adapting to his first bowl on a 22yd track quite quickly, the youngster bowled some tidy seam and did himself proud. Crawley got the breakthrough in his fourth over when a bit of flight lured the opener to attempt a sweep in front of all three. Fellow U13 debutant William Wright replaced the skipper, and again, after a brief period of adapting to the longer track, he too bowled some decent seam. Vivek Chauhan made his long awaited comeback impressively, and would have struck early had Crawley taken the opposition’s skipper at mid-wicket. However, his perseverance paid off as he chalked up a couple of well deserved wickets. Totteridge’s big hitting middle order and Langleybury’s lack of bowling options saw the run rate rise quite rapidly. Crawley returned and temporarily halted their progress, finishing with respectable figure of 2-19 from his eight overs, but the two youngsters’ second spells coincided with Totteridge hitting the accelerator. Both of them can hold their heads high though as they continued to plug away. Kevin Gallagher got out the gold card and bought himself a wicket when Chris Horne took a decent stumping but the best moment of the game came when William Wright kept his head and bowled the big hitting No. 6 during the onslaught. He soon grabbed his second senior wicket when Horne took another swift stumping. A great moment for the youngster. Totteridge were well out of sight at the break though as they had amassed 293-7.
 
Fielding, and lots of chasing, with deficient numbers in the summer sun often takes it’s toll and that proved to be the case as the steady opening bowlers took advantage. U16 James Clifton – who showed his commitment to the cause by coming down straight after his school match – opened the batting and started well but got a decent one. The top five all failed to register double figures but the lower order did offer some resistance. William Wright was particularly unlucky when he played a really well timed drive that didn’t get more than 3ft off the deck, but seemingly picked out the only guy playing that was capable of taking a catch one inch from the grass. Another lovely moment in the match followed though when Kevin Gallagher and Jason Gallagher batted together and also managed to put on a partnership of 28 before the youngster fell for a well made 10. A couple of decent lusty blows from KG saw him make 28 before he also got a decent one and the innings was wrapped up for 78.
 
On Tuesday night, the 3s were staring down the barrel of a second consecutive concession and collecting another -10 points. After a lot of effort to scramble a side together there were only two objectives in the match: get whatever points we can and ensure the two debutant youngsters enjoyed their first outing. Both were achieved admirably. We finished 17 points better off than looked like at selection and both the youngsters did themselves proud when their first introduction to men’s cricket was not planned on being straight into Division 8…
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