Cheam Under 12 vs Roehampton Under12s
By Duncan Taylor
More runs required
I put it down to the lack of a score board. Football and rugby at under 12 doesn't bother but cricket demands one - cricket without numbers on display is like an emotionally-stable Kardashian, unnatural. We had been upgraded to the big pitch and been promised the use of its electronic board - a monster 20 feet tall and fifteen wide. Boys were dreaming of their score in lights. It came down to a lack of batteries and sadly there was no manual replacement. We were without; reliant on verbal announcements.
We batted first or rather, most of us batted. This when-you-are-out-you-are-out version of the game combined with the 20 over limit means not everyone will bat if teammates remain unconquered. This was another first for the Under 12's - last week everyone got to bat, this week just the 9 . That we had two batsmen in hand can only be seen as progress. Extended resistance was offered by Harry OB and Niki K.
That said, many are of the opinion that being at the crease implies a responsibility to increase the score. With no visible recording of their achievements our boys forgot . The innings ended with a total of just 38.
Cheam recognised this was a target easily achieved and we enjoyed an extended break. Time for the Roehampton faithful to order a pint of San Miguel from Director of Beverage (Home and Away), Richard Konig. Olé.
Cheam took just 8 overs to surpass our total. It could have been so different if we had not dropped a couple of easy early catches, maybe. Louis Hill donning the keepers gloves did give us something to cheer taking a much trickier catch behind, from Will K's bowling.
We had the nets up for the first time at training this week. The team needs to bowl hundreds of balls and face hundreds more. Our competition is not innately better than us, simply more practised.