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High At High Lane

posted 24 Jun 2011, 06:45 by Mike Madden
The under 13's negotiated a potentially tricky fixture away at High Lane on Tuesday 21st June.  The longest day did nothing for the quality of the pitch and outfield, with both sides having to contend with a muddy pitch with no pace or bounce and an outfield that was very long.  This made scoring difficult throughout.
Whaley's opening pair, Gareth Preece and Bruce Glover played steadily.  Gareth was unluckily run out when his bat stuck in the mud as he was trying to slide it in.  He compensated by deciding to solve the problem of the outfield with a big 6 over mid wicket.  The pair finished 3 runs in credit.  Jacob Holland and Matt Bingle were next in, and with some good running and sensible decisions to occupy the crease added another 3.  Ed Austin and Will McIlveen then batted well, scoring 17 runs.   Unfortunately they were out 3 times, but extras meant that they added another 4 runs to the total.  Batting with Dan Burt, Ethan Williams played positively and found a couple of lovely cover drives.  Although another similar run-out problem occurred they increased the score to 212, leaving Charlie Kitchen and Alfie Hodges to bat.  Both batted well, and both were unlucky to be out caught, more due to the difficulties in timing the ball. 
A finishing score of 218 didn't seem like much to defend, but the boys were confident.  The High Lane openers were never allowed to settle and Bruce (2-2) and Dan (1-10) bowled well, ably supported by what was comfortably our keenest fielding display this season.  We reduced High Lane's score to 197 after the first pair, and their second pair couldn't add to it.  Matt continued his superb recent bowling form and Will, in a change to his wicket keeping, was excellent if unlucky not to take a wicket.  By the time the third pair had batted, High Lane had been reduced to 192 thanks to Ethan (1-9) and Jacob (3-4).  The fourth pair got what they could and Alfie (0-2) and Charlie (0-0) bowled accurately with no luck.  This left the final High Lane pairing coming together on 197, needing 22 to win.  Ed Austin (1-5) ensured that they never looked like getting near it.  At the other end Matt (3-5 from 3 overs) and Will (0-4 from 3overs) continued where they left off and High Lane eventually finished on 199, meaning a Whaley win by 19 runs.
Our best all-round display of the season should give great confidence for the last few games.  It was also really pleasing to see some of the lessons from previous games being learnt, especially with the bat.  For his 3 magnificent overs, the man of the match was Matt Bingle.