The U15 TD Lions secured the league title last night at The Wyvern with a comfortable 49 run win over local rivals Taunton St Andrew’s.
Electing to bat first the Lins did not get off to their best start as first Ollie Wrelton (5) was bowled by Jamie Lee (3-0-19-1), then fellow opener Rufus Williams-Pritchard (3) top-edged a short ball by Jay Terry (4-0-33-2) and was caught by Harrison Barrett at short extra cover. Terry struck again in his next over when he yorked Josh Thomas (4) to leave TD Lions reeling at 15-3. Skipper Ben Chaffey was joined at the crease by Aman Rao and the two experienced players began to repair the damage. They put together a stand of 116 with a mixture of powerful boundaries (9 fours & 3 sixes) and well run singles/twos. When both retired with impressive half centuries the TD Lions innings was restored to an impressive 131-2 with five overs remaining.
A lazy pick up off his legs saw Rowan Keyte depart without scoring as he was caught at deep mid wicket by Alex Couch. Bryce Bedingfield (5) struck a fine boundary straight down the ground, but was then bowled by F Cornwall (2-0-23-1) when hitting across the line. Harry Love (16 not out) was then joined by Freddy Stevens (25 not out). The pair proceeded to put together another 40 runs in four overs, with Freddy, in particular, timing the ball beautifully. His first scoring shot was a lofted drive straight into the pavilion. He also provided the shot off the innings with a crunching extra cover drive all along the ground off the returning Jay Terry. Harry swept and drove well to see the TD Lions set a very imposing 185-5 after their 20 overs.
Taunton St Andrew’s started their chase well with 10 off the first over. In the second over though Alex Couch (4) skied his drive to long off and was brilliantly caught by Aman Rao to give Bryce Bedingfield his first wicket. The dangerous Harrison Barrett (10) joined Ollie Heard and he produced two crunching drives, but then chased a delivery from the impressive Harrison Hambly was was caught behind by Rowan Keyte. The Saints were now 31-2 after 5 overs. Left-hander, Jay Terry (50 ret) then gave the Saints some hope of victory was he worked the ball well into the leg side to put together a 56 run partnership with Ollie Heard (22). After Ollie launched Josh Thomas for six into the trees at wide mid wicket, he was lured into a repeat by Rufus Williams-Pritchard (3-1-13-1) and was caught at long on by Ben Chaffey.
Freddy Stevens (4-0-29-2) then claimed two wickets in his final over as he bowled W Mercer(0) & T Mercer (0) with successive balls. Taunton St Andrew’s were now 107-5 with only six overs left to score 79 to win. Their caused was not helped when Terry had to retire after his half century. Freddy Stevens’ great throw from deep extra cover then saw Nathan Yarde (7) run out ... 124-6. This soon became 124-7 as spinner, Harry Love bowled Cornwell (0). The returning Bryce Bedingfield (4-0-24-2) took the eight wicket when he bowled Ollie Squire (1) off the final ball of the last over.
A comfortable win in the scorebook by 49 runs, but the focus in the field was below par and the fielding suffered. We offered too many free runs to our opponents. This is something we cannot afford to do against quality opposition if we are to give ourselves any chance of success next week at The National!
Man If The Match : Ben Chaffey & Aman 116 run partnership, plus Freddy Stevens’ cameo innings, 2 wickets and a superb run out.
Stay fit and in form to play tough cricket .... remember no complacency!
Youth Cricket Manager
Taunton Deane CC