An overwhelming victory for Roehampton CC in the pre-match mental games. Much closer on the pitch, however, with RCC giving the best team we’ve encountered this season a really good run for their money. RCC scored the most runs, but they came at a high cost and despite some exceptional bowling and fielding, the Bank of England emerged victorious.
BoE under 11s are well organised, well run and 40+ deep squad. We knew their A team would be vulnerable to our laissez-faire, cavalier, pre-match ‘routine’. Our preceding barrage of misinformation (‘not sure we can raise a side’, ‘don’t think we can get a coach there’, ‘where is it again?’) looked strangely accurate when we had only 5 players at 9.40, no scorer and ominously no camp chairs (de rigour in under 11s cricket). The bank were rattled - well at least confused!
Evie and Luca manned the fort while we waited for the full compliment to arrive. Putting on 18 runs between them despite the best bowling attack I’ve seen in the last couple of seasons. What followed was a roller-coaster batting performance that saw 113 runs scored, but unfortunately at the cost of 12 wickets. Memorable performances were Quentin ‘Gower’ Ballard rattling some fine fours off his pads whilst giving us palpitations fishing off his off stump; Alex, Gabriel and Patrick fully occupying the crease like brick walls with Alex only falling foul to two pieces of exceptional fielding.
Defending 241 looked like an impossible task (as did umpiring the 2nd innings with a persistent hangover). A really disciplined bowling attack, exceptional fielding and a Latte (thank you Justin!) nearly saved the day.
Anthony and Jack opened the attack, taking it to 2 very strong opening batsman; consistent pace and accuracy - Jack’s haul being 2 for 2.
Harry, Luca, Patrick, Quentin and Evie all overcame first ball yips (bowling wide) to deliver some very tight bowling. The fielding was exceptional; led by Max Banjamin who looked very secure with the gloves. Ultimately 241 was always going to be difficult to defend with the Bank showing a lot of discipline in their chase: scoring 13 runs fewer than RCC, whilst only losing 6 wickets.
All in all a good game for a Roehampton side that only came together 3 weeks ago. We gave a well drilled A-team much better than the sides we’ve encountered so far in the season a really good game. Hopefully a sign of good things to come. Most importantly, the game was played with a great spirit and a credit to both sides. Cricket was definitely the winner of the day!