U17’s hit 288 from 18 overs with James Coles 101 and Will Hammersley 94!

After last weeks 122 run win over Horspath next up for the U17’s was an away game at Bicester. Captain Oli Shaw won the toss and elected to bat first and both openers Jamie Revill and Will Hammersley looked to build a solid start to the innings again like last week.

Will kept most of the strike during the first 6 overs and being another roasting hot day decided to hit boundaries instead of taking singles and reach his 50 in only the 4th over! Jamie was soon stumped for 6 trying to hit the ball out of the ground with the score on 96 in only the 7th over! Will was joined by Oli and the pair continued to hit boundaries to all parts of the ground when Oli was caught behind for 18 with the score on 120. The next over Will was also caught for a splendid 94 for the second week running!

New batsmen Casper Mason and James Coles then took advantage of some short pitch bowling and accelerated the scoring even more! The 200 came up in only the 14th over so last weeks 223 was easily in reach and with both batsmen playing some lovely shots runs began to flow. James flew past his 50 and after 16 overs we had moved to 251. Unfortunately we had to declare after 18 overs as it was approaching 8pm and Bicester hadn’t batted yet!. James ended on a splendid 101 not out and Casper a solid 59 not out and the team ended on an incredible 288 for 3 from 18 overs!

In reply we needed to bowl Bicester out quickly to avoid any light issues. Sam Chown and Louis Summons opened the bowling and in Louis’s first over the batsmen went for a quick single which was never on especially when the other batsmen shouted NO leaving him stranded half way down the track with the score on 12. Sam struck in his next over after a catch by Oli Shaw leaving Bicester on 17 for 2. Rafe Mason took over from Sam and picked up a wicket in his second over leaving the home side on 35 for 3 frm 7 overs.

Bicester began to rebuild their innings that is until David White was given the ball. He picked up a wicket in his first over leaving Bicester on 60 for 4 from 12 overs. His second over was more special, he picked up 2 more wickets with his 4th and 5th balls leaving him 1 ball to get an hat-trick. With the fielders in close the Bicester batsmen edged it to Ben Porter in the slips to give David a well deserved hat-trick and 4 wickets in 2 overs. Unfortunately for David he never got chance to get a “fifer” as James took the last wicket, Bicester ended on 84 all out.

Result – Aston Rowant won by 204 runs! You don’t often see that in a 20 over match!

We only have 2 group games left and we sit top of the group, our next match is against Shipton knowing a win should see us reach the final on Sunday 9th September at Horspath.

Nigel Revill

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