It was deja vu for the Under 9’s as , almost exactly a year after winning the trophy at Chearsley, the team retained their Aylesbury and District league title on another sun kissed evening in-front of a large crowd with plenty of local support for the home team.
Seb won the toss and instantly put Chearsley into bat confident that we’d chase down any score. George and Otto opened the bowling and immediately put the home team under pressure keeping the score down to 212 after the first four overs. Kaian and Bertie then ripped through the Chearsley batting line-up with 5 wickets falling. 2 for Kaian and 2 for Bertie – including a cracking caught and bowled. Kaian caused all sorts of trouble opting to bowl medium pace over the wicket, medium pace round the wicket and spin all in the space of 3 balls. Both the Umpires and batsmen had no idea what was coming next. Austin then picked up a couple more wickets, pairing with Rocky to keep the score in the low 200’s. Rocky benefitted from some last minute training from Dad, Adam, having performed dismally in the nets before hand. Not sure what Adam told Rocky – but it was coaching gold dust. Seb and Alfie then took one wicket each in the last four overs to keep the score down to 220, completing our best bowling performance of the season.
220 seemed a modest target but, much like with England the day before, the pressure of the occasion was weighing on our team. George and Otto were subject to some terrific accurate bowling in the first four overs , with the scoreboard struggling to get beyond 200, before Kaian and Bertie got the score board ticking over. Rocky and Austin kept us moving and then Alfie and Seb calmed the nerves across the last four overs without losing a wicket, batting beautifully. Final scores, 269 to Aston Rowant, 220 to Chearsley. The scoreboard shows a comfortable victory but the game was much tighter than the score reflected with both teams bowlers keeping the batters at bay.
All credit should go to this group of Under 9’s and all those who played throughout the season. They completed their second year on the trot unbeaten, with a last defeat way back in May 2017. They really are a talented group.
Finally many many thanks to Nicola for scoring through the season and coping with the Aston Umpire’s lack of basic cricketing knowledge and inability to count to 6. ! and Charlie for providing some great match teas!