ESCA Under 15b County FinalThomas Alleynes High School v Madeley High School
ESCA Staffordshire U15 B Final
11th July 2019
After weeks of competitive matches Thomas Alleynes and Madeley secured their position in the U15 B school finals. They faced off against each other on the 11th of July, in a tension packed game both being equally skilled and matched teams. It would make out to be an extremely close game with more than its fair share of excitement.
Thomas Alleynes won the toss and chose to bowl on a green, yet firm track. With a pink ball that is known to swing well in similar conditions, the result was unpredictable. Whilst Madeley prepared to bat in the first innings, wanting to set a reasonable total.
Madeley got off to a strong batting start with a quick 29 off 4 overs. However, it did not come without the loss of a crucial wicket. Confidence was quickly regained by Madeley, as J. Harvey scored a comfortable 23 runs. Thomas Alleynes regained control over the opposition, lowering the run rate considerably and taking 4 wickets in quick succession of one another. In which Ball took 2/8 runs, with a strong double wicket maiden. Madeley finished strong with H. Taylor making a solid 20 not out, but great bowling from Watt(2/7runs) knocked out the bottom order from around Taylor and closed the first innings. This left Madeley with a promising 109/10, that could be defended by a strong fielding performance.
As dark clouds started to close in, the second innings was started. Thomas Alleynes got off to a cautious batting start, whilst Madeley limited any available runs. A solid start from the opening batsmen leads to the first wicket only falling in the 8th over, giving them a steady base to continue and build from with many wickets in hand. This stable start was followed by a very impressive knock from Watt with 31 runs scored, Madeley started to go quiet in the field. However, tight bowling and a constant influx of wickets from bowlers: J. Barlow, H. Taylor and O. Lawton (each taking 2 wickets), caused panic for Alleynes. A change of keeper in the 12th over – due to a dislocated finger – may have turned the tables on who might take the victory. As rain started to set in, pressure built for Alleynes, as they needed 37 off the last 4 overs. Alleynes got chance to refocus in the short rain break granted for them, motivating each other into achieving this final challenge. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be as they did not meet the required run rate and total score set out by Madeley.
A terrific contest between two very strong sides worthy of a final, ends with Madeley winning the cup. Overall, they both played a great game of cricket, with various chances of either team looking like they could take the match making it a close and exciting game to watch.
Written by Jake Stewart,
On work experience at Staffordshire Cricket from Sir Graham Balfour High School.
Posted on Monday 15th July 2019, in Latest News