Match Report
Forres Sandle Manor School Boys-U13A vs  Westhill Park Super 6's
On: Wednesday, 18 May 2022
Venue: Away

1 VI at West Hill Park

Before the matches started at the 6 aside at West Hill Park, some of the boys were awarded colours for cricket. Half colours went to Enrique and Alvaro for quite simply being brilliant team members. I cannot speak highly enough of the pair of them. Charlie also received his half colours for a cracking knock against Stroud and being a significant voice and leader of the fielders whilst keeping. Dudley, as captain of the side, was awarded his full colours for cricket. He has led his team fantastically throughout the season and always done so with a smile on his face. There is a tilt of the cap to Stanley too who is certainly knocking on the door. Well done boys.

We took to the field against Embley who all looked like 18 year olds. Their opening batter smashed a 6 off the very first ball and a 4 off the second before Stanley had him LBW. We fielded tidily and Embley scored 40 from five overs. Their huge opening bowler dismissed Dudley second ball and after pinging his next passed Ben's throat, we were relieved to see the back of him. It was tight at the end with us needing 7 runs off the final 5 balls. Unfortunately we didn't manage it and perhaps an opportunity missed but it was a good effort.

Next up was Boundary Oak who posted a score of 33 from their five overs. The highlight of this was Ben's direct hit run out from deep square leg. After a slowish start, Charlie and Dudley batted well and scampered between the wickets to keep our score ticking over. It was looking like it would be a tense last over before Charlie struck a hefty blow for 6 to release the pressure as George came in and faced one ball to win the match for us with 5 balls remaining.

We met Ryde school in the final of the plate and found the going tough against a pair of strong openers. We helped them to a total of 55 by gifting 19 extras. Charlie and Stanley batted well but from the off we could not quite match the required run rate. There was a nice touch from the Ryde boys who declined the opportunity to run Charlie out after he fell. In the end, we were well short and fair play to Ryde who I think were unlucky to find themselves playing in the plate competition.

It was a fun day of cricket and as ever, the boys were great.