Junior Update – Season Begins

South Wilts Juniors Boys Update – 02 May to 04 May 2021

After some fantastic work from Managers and Coaches alike to run three weeks of training in April and organise teams for the first week of competitive cricket for the boys, it was a little disappointing for two Under 9 games and one Under 11 game to be cancelled due to opposition not being able to field a team and the Under 15s being called off due to the May Bank Holiday Storm. An even bigger achievement to set up 5 games at 4 Age Groups as we had lost many players to County Training.

Under 9s

However, the U9s were able to take advantage of the delay to the start of their league season with an Intra-Squad game. The two teams were captained by Bear Wilkinson and Finley Ball.

Finley’s team batted first with Finley leading from the front. A steady start allowed Myles Edwards to make 17 including one 6, and Monty, one of our guest U11s finished the innings with an unbeaten 16. Their Pairs Cricket score of 291 was adjusted down to 241 due to the 10 wickets conceded. These wickets were yielded due to a relentless bowling attack from Bear’s team with Tommy Layet leading the way with 3 wickets for 4 runs with support from Freddie Gumbrell, 2 for 8 and Henry Cox, 2 for 10.

In reply, Bear led his team with an unbeaten 13, laying a platform for a 12 ball, 26 run charge by Carlos Campbell. Myles Edwards responded for Finley’s team by taking 2 for 2, and along with some sharp fielding by the team causing two run outs, the game was still in the balance. But to finish the game Freddie Gumbrell hit four fours bringing Bear’s side home with 269 runs.

A good day of play which showed the U9s to be in rude health ahead of their busy league commitments.

Under 13s

South Wilts Under 13s got their season off to a winning start against St Cross B in the Winchester T20 league on Sunday morning. St Cross batted first and some tight early bowling from Bertie Aspinall, along with a standout diving catch from Wilf Bate helped to limit the target to 112 from twenty overs. Two Run Outs in an impressive fielding display accompanied by wickets for Bertie Aspinall (1-12), Nick Llewelyn (1-5) and George Hill (1-21).

An accomplished and classy 51 Not Out from Wilf Bate, ably assisted by George Hill (19) set up the win with Freddie Shardlow hitting the winning runs from the first ball of the last over in a quick fire knock of 20 Not Out. The victory centred around a fine partnership of 69 between Hill and Bate. A good all round team display for the first game of the season.

St Cross 112 for 5 off 20 played South Wilts 113 for 3 off 19.1

Credit to St Cross for fulfilling the 9 a-side fixture as they turned up with only 6 players and great spirit from the SW boys as they provided fielders for St Cross when they bowled. #getthegameon

Onto plans for the next few weeks as games start to come thick and fast for all age groups.

James Hayward