Bapchild Cricket Club

Bears win U13 League

U13 Champions

The Bapchild Bears won the U13 League on Sunday

On the last match of the season the Bears were at home needing 4 points to win the league and were up against Upchurch who had also gone through the season undefeated.

Winning the toss the visitors put the Bears into bat.  Upchurch has a strong bowling outfit, and generally had restricted other sides to low scores and to-date successfully had chased them down.

Richard Catton and Ethan Collier opened and both batted maturely following the coach’s instructions to see off the initial bowling attack and ensure that we did not lose early wickets.  At the halfway point Bapchild had reached 41 runs but more importantly for no wickets down. After the very welcome drinks break, it was time to “up the rate” and get after the bowling. With terrific shots played by both batsmen, particularly one rasping cover drive  from Ethan, that was in classic Robin Smith style, the batsman attacked the Upchurch bowling. Ethan unluckily dragged a short ball onto his leg stump while on 29, and then Richard had to retire having made a welcome return to form with 37. With our leading scorer Captain Drew Gavin keeping up the scoring with some well placed shots was joined by Joe Peters after the unfortunate run-out of TJ Dayman. With a dashing 14 that supported Drew who reached an excellent 28 not out, the innings was concluded in a worthy manner with Will Cosstick driving his first ball and the Bears last ball of their innings imperiously for 4 through extra cover to bring up a total of 143 for 3. Having made just 41 for the first 10, a further 102 had been scored the “second half”. Plan A completed so far.
With the heat of the day increasing the Bears took to the field in good spirits. However, the Upchurch batsman opened up with an attacking and positive attitude. Our bowlers were not able to get into a rhythm as the Upchurch batsmen pushed the run rate along at 6 runs plus an over for the first few. It was only upon the first couple of wickets to fall and the drinks break that gave the team a chance to re-group. The second half was no less entertaining, as Upchurch kept the target well in their sights. After Captain Harry Mooreson was out for a gallant 25, Upchurch owed much to Joshi Rose for a well crafted 35 not out for keeping them in the hunt. But upon his retirement, Upchurch required 24 runs off the final two overs, and after Richard Catton bowled a tidy penultimate over the visitors required 17 runs off the final over to win. Up stepped the captain to deliver bowl the 20th and final over.
Would history repeat itself from a couple of years ago when the two teams met as U11’s in a cup final match also at Radfield Road, when the team lost in a desperate last over. However, Drew stepped up to the plate bowling the last over for just 7 runs and securing victory and the league title.
The team scored in the region of 1,150 runs over the season, and have fully deserved the league title remaining unbeaten.
Congratulations to all the players and coaches. The Club are extremely proud of your achievement as we are of all our youth teams who have played the season with the right spirit and attitude throughout


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