U12s win the Harry Bright Cup!

The u12s travelled to Bromley on Sunday to contest the final for the Harry Bright Cup – our first attempt at winning silverware in the North Kent league. We had not really been troubled en route to the final, but the boys knew that Bromley CC, the defending champions, would be difficult opponents. 

Our captain for the day, Ahmed Khan, won the toss and with some early morning dew around decided to bowl to try and benefit from what moisture was on offer on an otherwise beautiful track.

Without our talisman James Ronay (in Blackpool playing rugby(!)), Raf Lane and Callum Porritt were asked to open. Callum should have had a wicket in his first over following a good bit of work by Robbie behind the stumps (the umpire admitted that he was not focusing on stumpings in the first over). However, the following over Raf and Robbie combined to dismiss the Bromley captain who had not learned the lesson from the previous over and stepped forward out of his crease.

Bromley's star batsman then took guard and with both batsmen riding their luck Bromley proceeded to blunt our new ball attack. However the introduction of the spin twins Ahmed and Jonty frustrated the batsmen, leading to an ill-judged run.  Finlay delivered the ball from the boundary right over the stumps leaving Robbie to complete the formalities. This led to a very tidy period with Callum taking a brilliant catch off the bowling of Ahmed to dismiss the Bromley star bat for a well made 20. 

Ayush and Finlay joined the attack and a flurry of wickets ensued as Bromley looked to up the ante. It looked as if we might dismiss Bromley short of their allotted 20 overs, particularly after Jacob uprooted the middle stump of one hard hitting bat, but a few late partnerships meant that Bromley were quietly confident going into the second half of the game, finishing on 101 for 9. 

Our lads didn't drop a catch and conceded only a handful of extras. It was a very good bowling and fielding  performance. I had thought that 130+ would be needed on a flat track and fast outfield.  

Our batting performance can be summarised quite succinctly….professional. George and Ahmed opened the innings and played it perfectly. The first few overs were a moderately sedate affair but George soon opened his shoulders and in no time at all had reached the mandatory retirement score of 25. It was a very fine innings under pressure. Jonty joined Ahmed at the crease and proceeded to bat with his usual devil-may-care approach. Ahmed was batting cleverly at the other hand rotating the strike well and giving the more aggressive batsmen the strike. Both Jonty and Ahmed retired within an over of each other and at this stage Bromley was well and truly beaten. Tom and Jacob were at the crease to deliver the coup de grace. Jacob signed off the game in style by hitting three consecutive fours. In the end a comfortable 10 wicket win with 4 overs to spare.

Unfortunately the efforts of the top order meant Robbie and Ted didn't get to the crease and Tom was also unable to contribute with the bat. They can take solace in their efforts with the bat earlier in the season to get us to this point. 

We managed to navigate our way through the entire cup competition without losing a wicket. Quite a remarkable achievement.

Well done boys!

Sean Keaton, u12 manager

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