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Banstead CC - U9 Soft Ball
Oxted and Limpsfield CC - Under 9 B
Sat 30 Jun 09:30 - North East & Central Surrey Colts League - Under 9 Soft Ball Zone B Start time 09:30

U9s NEC softball - fielding masterclass secures victory against Banstead

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Friday night practice session pays off

Whilst our erstwhile colleagues were handing Merstham their first defeat for two seasons in the ESCL cup semi final, the NEC team were off to Banstead to try and get back to winning ways after last weekend's defeat.

On another beautiful sunny day Captain Will Satterley won the toss and chose to field. A good call as we had spent our warm up time practicing our bowling and catching. Banstead were a couple of players short at the scheduled start time and asked if they could field first to allow two more players time to turn up. An odd request but one we accommodated.

After a couple of quick throw downs Huxley Maunder-Allan and Jovian Crozier opened the batting, but perhaps the lack of preparation time counted against us as Huxley popped the first ball of the match up into the offside where it was well caught! Not to worry though as Huxley went on to hit three boundaries and despite a late wicket in the pairing when Jovian was bowled, we finished the pair on 217 - 2.

James Roe and Sammy Adams were up next. Banstead were operating a very close in field, so scoring was difficult. Unless you could find the gaps, in which case the ball often went to the boundary, scoring was difficult and running a hazardous operation! Two wickets (one bowled, one run out) but a positive partnership with both boys hitting the boundary as we moved onto 229 - 4. One of my favourite moments of the match was seeing Sammy time a beautiful off drive through the covers for four - straight out of Friday night's batting drill!

Sam Bream and Henry McCall had to face four overs from Banstead's two best players bowling in tandem. The field was still in close and the bowing was accurate with neither bowler conceding any wides or no balls. Credit to the boys therefore that they played sensibly. Henry walked off a bit disappointed but there is nothing wrong with a dot ball against good bowling. Sam made up for being bowled once by managing to find a gap in the field to hit the only boundary of the pairing. Another positive partnership inched us onto 230 - 5 after 12 overs. With less sensible bating we could easily have found ourselves on a much lower score.

With the better bowlers being saved for one final burst at the end, William Satterley and Freddie Scutt were able to put on what we think is the highest partnership of the season - 55!! After Will hogged the first five balls of the first over, Freddie nonchalantly hit his one ball back past the bowler for four. When the ball wasn't a wide or a no ball it was regularly despatched to the boundary with both boys finishing in double figures and no wickets lost. 285 - 5 after 16 overs.

With the field now pushed back singles and byes were easier to come by for last pair Harry Ejje and Alex Bussenschutt. This also meant boundaries were harder to come by, but both boys still managed to find the fence and score double digits. The last 2 overs only saw 7 runs scored as the two best bowlers returned to bowl a third over each but we finished on 319 - 6 after one of the more unusual dismissals of the season when Alex was given out 'hit wicket'. A reminder for all the boys not to stand too deep in the crease or your bat can knock the bails off.

A well constructed innings by the team, taking advantage of the bad balls and treating the good balls with the respect they deserved.

Sam Bream opened the bowling for the Grasshoppers and bowled excellently, the only one of the team not to bowl any wides or no balls, finishing with figures of three wickets for nine runs off his two overs, including a wicket bowled off the first ball of the Banstead innings. A case of 'anything you can do, we can do better'!

Still the first Banstead pair recovered to not lose any more wickets, finishing on 221-1.

The next two pairs struggled against excellent fielding from our boys, losing six and two wickets respectively to leave Banstead on 224 - 9 after 12 overs. (At the same stage we were on 230 - 5).

A total of four run outs (two or possibly three from Sam Bream and one from Sammy Adams), a great diving catch by Will at mid off in Jovian's over, two wickets bowled by Huxley and Sam respectively and finally a great diving catch by Huxley behind the stumps of Sam's bowling wreaked havoc in the Banstead middle order.

Perhaps with focus lost slightly in what appeared to be an easy cruise to victory, the second half of the Banstead innings went to the batting side. Our second rotation of the same bowlers generally led to more wides and no balls than their first overs and we missed several opportunities for easy run outs. This helped Banstead rally to 249 - 10 after 16 overs and a final total of 284-10 gave the scoreline some respectability but still a solid win for the boys by 35 runs.

Scorecard

Oxted and Limpsfield CC - Under 9 B won the toss and elected to bat

Oxted and Limpsfield CC - Under 9 B batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Huxley Maunder-Allan
Retired Not Out
14
12
116.7
Jovian Crozier
Retired Not Out
2
12
16.7
Sam Bream
Retired Not Out
7
12
58.3
Henry McCall
Retired Not Out
0
12
0.0
William Satterly
Retired Not Out
18
13
138.5
Freddie Scutt
Retired Not Out
13
11
118.2
Alex Bussenschutt
Not Out
10
8
125.0
Harry Ejje
Not Out
13
17
76.5
Extras
31w, 3b, 1lb, 32nb
67
Total
for 6 wickets 20.0 overs
155

Banstead CC - U9 Soft Ball bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Rafe Aquilina
2.0
0
15
1
7.5
8nb
Josh R
2.0
0
13
2
6.5
2nb, 2w
Izaz Ahmad
2.0
0
11
0
5.5
6w
Noah Snowden
2.0
0
13
1
6.5
2nb, 4w
Keeran Sritharan
3.0
0
6
1
2.0
2nb
Jack Youster
3.0
1
13
1
4.3
2nb
Aaryan Murad
2.0
0
26
1
13.0
8nb
Jack Langridge
2.0
0
28
0
14.0
4nb, 10w
Unsure
2
0
14
0
7.0
2nb, 6w

Banstead CC - U9 Soft Ball batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Henry Spence
Retired Not Out
5
11
45.5
Jack Langridge
Retired Not Out
12
13
92.3
Josh R
 
6
12
50.0
Rafe Aquilina
 
4
12
33.3
Keeran Sritharan
Retired Not Out
13
14
92.9
Izaz Ahmad
 
4
10
40.0
Noah Snowden
 
9
17
52.9
Unsure
Retired Not Out
1
7
14.3
Jack Youster
 
14
21
66.7
Aaryan Murad
 
3
5
60.0
Extras
32w, 8b, 24nb
64
Total
for 10 wickets 20.0 overs
144

Oxted and Limpsfield CC - Under 9 B bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Sam Bream
2.0
0
9
3
4.5
Henry McCall
2.0
0
15
0
7.5
6nb
Alex Bussenschutt
2.0
0
7
0
3.5
4w
Huxley Maunder-Allan
2.0
0
7
2
3.5
2nb, 2w
Freddie Scutt
2.0
0
18
0
9.0
2nb, 2w
Jovian Crozier
2.0
0
11
1
5.5
2nb, 6w
William Satterly
2.0
0
15
0
7.5
6nb, 4w
Harry Ejje
2.0
0
11
0
5.5
2nb, 2w

Team selection

League round up

Other Under 9 Soft Ball Zone B results

Sutton CC, Surrey - Under 9 B
281/9
251/5
Cheam CC - Under 9
Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian CC - Under 9 Soft Ball
223/8
341/3
Old Whitgiftians CC - Under 9 Soft Ball

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# Team Pts
1. Old Whitgiftians CC - Under 9 Soft Ball 40
2. Oxted and Limpsfield CC - Under 9 B 28
3. Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian CC - Under 9 Soft Ball 24
4. Banstead CC - U9 Soft Ball 12
5. Sutton CC, Surrey - Under 9 B 12
6. Cheam CC - Under 9 -2

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