The U15s travelled to Crewkerne on Tuesday in a cup quarter final.
Skipper, Ben Chaffey, won the toss and elected to bat. He and Max Johnson (6) got the side off to a rapid start, putting on 34 runs in three overs before Max was adjudged lbw. Ben Chaffey (50 ret) continued to drive and pull the ball powerfully and with a little good fortune (dropped twice, then caught of a no ball) set up the Deane Lions total with a good half century in the 10th over. Josh Thomas (19) was equally destructive before he top edged a pull to leg and was caught by Ethan Gould at mid-wicket. Ben Campbell (7) struck one impressive boundary through extra cover then lost his head and was bowled by Harry Pocock trying to launch another big shot to see the Lions 111-3 after 11 overs. It was Rowan Keyte (33) and Will Baverstock (50 not out) who put together the biggest partnership scoring 74 runs in the next 8 overs.
Both timed the ball well and they were particularly severe on anything short or over-pitched. Rowan was bowled by the returning Gould 4-0-30-2 in the 19th over. Dhanush Reddyvari then joined Will to help him to his maiden half century off the very last ball of the innings. This gave the Lions an impressive 200-4 off their 20 overs.
Ollie Weatherell & Callum Callow opened the batting with some confidence, but found it difficult to score at the required run rate (10 per over) against the pacy Josh Nelson 4-0-20-0 and the accurate spin of Taylor Flitton 4-0-17-0. Despite taking no wickets this excellent start by the Lions bowlers made Crewkerne’s hopes of chasing down the huge total even more difficult. At 45-0 off 8 overs the asking rate was already over 12 per over. Ben Squire 4-0-21-0 maintained the pressure with a tidy spell from the far end, supported well by the entertaining Dhanush Reddyvari 3-0-19-0, the unlucky Max Johnson 3-0-14-0 and the more generous Rowan Keyte 2-0-19-0. With the hundred coming up after 16 overs, Crewkerne still needed 101 off the last 4 overs. In the final period of play both Ollie Weatherell (51 ret) and Callum Callow (50 ret) went to their half centuries. They batted well, but the game was lost. Crewkerne finished On 129-0 off their 20 overs. A reasonable total, but in the context of this game ... 71 runs short!
A good win with strong batting performances from Ben, Will, Rowan & Josh Thomas and tidy bowling spells from virtually all bowlers, but no wickets taken. In future games we will need to be sharper and more potent if we are to restrict stronger batting sides. The fielding and wicket keeping will also need to more dynamic to ensure catches are taken and runs saved. We cannot give free runs away through misfields or extras.
Man Of The Match : Will Baverstock & Ben Chaffey.
Youth Cricket Manager
Taunton Deane CC