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Match report U14 vs Thamesiders U14



And no I’m not talking about anything to do with a cast of thousands or a Ricky Gervais TV show!

This week Bromley Bulldogs took on Thamesiders at the Rectory Field ground at Blackheath CC. A break in the rather dismal June weather saw a sunny day greet the teams with Bromley winning the toss and electing to field. Having demonstrated our capacity to chase runs in previous fixtures this wasn’t a bad decision. Unfortunately the standard of fielding and bowling was not anywhere near the standard that this team has set itself. Eight catches went down and the number of wides bowled totalled 17 which coupled with 6 other byes gave us an extra 23 runs to chase.

Uncharacteristic fumbles in the field off straight forward pickups seemed to dog all the fielders other than some notable exceptions such as Joe East and the Skipper Dan Murrell. Accuracy in getting into the right position to field is key to pulling off a good clean stop. Catching is a skill that we have spent a lot of time on with a number of different drills, take those skills out with you onto the pitch and make them count. In particular get your hands into the right position or the trajectory of the ball and try not to tense up as that results in grabbing at the ball with hard hands, inevitably the result is dropping it. Commit yourself to the catch by getting behind the ball, don’t be half-hearted.

We got away with it this week but it will not happen against a side which can defend a total.

Dan and the ever dependable Will Black (aka Tibbian) opened the bowling with Dan striking first by bowling their opener and Will following with a caught behind and returning a fine spell of 4 -1-5-1.

First change Tommy Gregson struggled with his line and was challenged by the Thamesiders opener who took him on by driving him back straight down the ground on a number of occasions. The answer to this has to be full straight bowling or just back of a length.  Tommy came back later in the innings and bowled a tighter line.  Bromley struggled to take wickets on a very good batting wicket but Jonas Whitmore put pressure on them by bowling a good off stump line and earned his reward with a full straight ball to bowl their number4. Vik and Luke then took up the spinning option with both of them bowling really well. Vik in particular found his length and turned the ball sharply and although he did not get a wicket he was unlucky with a couple of chances that went down. Luke flighted the ball and his accuracy undid the batters on a number of occasions, he fully deserved his stumping of their opener when he lured him down the track and beat his outside edge, for Toby behind the stumps, to claim his scalp. George Fisher after a shaky start, found his length and claimed two wickets, his second a lovely off break which clipped the offstump after defeating the batsmans attempt to play it.  Tom Mitchell bowled the last few overs and without getting his field placings quite right conceded more runs than he should have . A legbreak bowler needs to have a field set very carefully for him, so work with your Skipper to figure out where you are likely to be hit and in particular assess a batsmen’s strengths after a few balls and adjust the field accordingly.

Bromley’s batting was a outstanding, Sam De Vaux played the role of opener to perfection, watchfully seeing off the first few overs when Thamesiders accurate and well paced opening bowlers exerted some control. Dan opening in place of the injured Rory Low, played his part before succumbing LBW to a ball that kept low and trapped him in front.  Joe East in at 3 played a magnificent knock, finding areas to score in. His strength is through the onside but Joe consider opening yourself out to the offside to play inside out against the spinners in particular, you will pick up more boundaries. Sam and Joe ran very well together and took full toll of the bowling when it became rather ragged. Sam’s massive 6 was a feature with Je emulating him later in the innings. Ironically both players ended up on the same number of balls faced with 4 runs separating them.

A great not out partnership, knocked off the runs without much fuss and in particular the mature way in which they milked the bowling, rotating the strike constantly was very pleasing to watch.

See the result here

A big thank you to Robin East for scoring, I do appreciate it!  And thank you to the parents who come along to support every week.



U14 Manager