Under 12 vs Spencer Under 12
By Duncan Taylor
New season, new game.
Losing our first 4 wickets for a total of 2 runs was not the start to the season Roehampton had hoped for. This was our first game of the year and that score line would be a brutal awakening at any time. As Under 12's though it was our very first experience of the when-you-are-out-you -are-out version of the game .Last season an unfortunate knock to one's own bails or an injudicious call to take a quick single was met with no more than an arithmetic punishment, a deduction from the team's total. This season it means the long walk. With just 3 overs bowled there seemed every likelihood the match would not make its 20 over limit with the boys returned instead to the virtual carnage of their X-Boxes. At the height of the destruction parents could not pad-up their sons quickly enough.
Earlier Spencer had won the toss and elected to bat. There followed a display of what we grudgingly admired as competence; four of the six batsmen fielded achieved the maximum permitted and retired, one was not out. They achieved a total of 170. For one.
Rare pleasures being all the sweeter and there being our only one wicket to cheer a super-sized Roehampton crowd celebrated ferociously. Olly Simons going backwards to take a catch from Will Konig's bowling. Further bottles of Prosecco were popped.
Yes it was quite a total they built and we were well beaten by a talented, skillful side but it wasn't all bad. Our bowling was straighter than last season; a total of 14 wides. Let that be the new upper limit. The "line" bit of the equation seems to be coming, next the "length" part. Ben Riddlestone was the most economic at 4.5 runs an over, Finn Dearey next on 6. We used 9 different bowlers, Spencer the minimum permitted 7.In the field this specatator saw effort and contribution from Niki Konig, Sam E and Harry OB amongst others.
Batting-wise every single boy can be proud. Each went out to the middle, without a murmur, to face the quickest and most difficult to hit balls any of them had ever faced. Many even had to do so in the dark. It was in the second half of our batting order where we found some of the most lion-hearted: Rowan Powell the first man to remain at post for a good while and get the Roehampton ship settled. Louis Hill, incentivised by his father at the rate of £1 a run, proved the most obdurate, outlasting all others. ( Whether Louis was therefore a professional for his innings is moot). Jo Sim, barely visible as the sun had set, sticking around and frustrating Spencer bowlers who thought they had us finished an hour previous. Last but certainly not least our number 11, Ben Riddlestone, the survivor. Spencer's ambition was to bowl us all out, it was unachieved in large part because of Ben. he faced seven balls , scored seven runs (equal top scorer with Louis and Rowan) and together with Jo Sim has the honour of "not out" next to his name.
For some it might not have been the personal triumph they would have liked. No matter, you have faced the worst/best this league has to offer. Next time that will give you confidence.
You can download a wealth of game statistics and see the team and personal performances down to a ball by ball analysis from:
( Hat Tip to Spencer scorer, Jin Yee Lim )