Rockhampton Under 11s Squad
U11s XI vs Bradley Stoke – Young Rams off to winning start
RCC U11’s got their 2018 BYCL season off to a winning start with a May Day 16-run success at a very chilly Bradley Stoke. They closed out a relatively comfortable victory over a younger Stoke team that included 3 girls.
Put in the Rams got off to sound start with both Tiger Sherred and Danil Hettithala finding boundaries in the opening overs. Sherred unfortunately missed a straight one, but Adam Jackson played straight and concentrated hard, whilst Hettithala flourished, hitting well through square leg. When Jackson drove stylishly straight to extra cover, Danil set off but was turned back, and a superb direct throw by Joanne Rivers hit the sticks leaving him well short. Ben Long joined the fray and batted confidently with a couple of fine on-drives. Helped by a good number of wides by the occasional Bradley Stoke bowlers, Long and Jackson put on 56. Jackson grew in confidence with some cuts and drives through the offside. He retired for 15 at the start of the penultimate over and Long soon followed, for an excellent 21, offering a return catch to the impressive Rivers. This left Oliver Vercoe and Alfie Huke to provide the entertainment in the final over, scampering some risky singles, but proving there’s runs available with committed running. The Rams finished on a healthy 95-3 off the allotted 20 overs, boosted by 37 extras.
Thomas Moreton and Huke opened the bowling with tidy overs respectively, before Jardel Furness, with arguably the RCC champagne moment of the match, hit the opener’s leg stump – with his first ball of the season! With all players bowling, there was plenty of variety and like Stoke a number of wides in the cold, blustery conditions. Stoke reached 53-3 off 12 over and were still in the game with opener Eccott at the crease. What ultimately sealed victory for the Rams were 5 splendid overs of leg-spin from Sherred and Long from the top end – conceding only 5 runs with a solitary wide. Jack Warren and the returning Huke picked up useful wickets in the closing overs – one being a smart stumping by Vercoe, on a confident debut with the gloves. Bradley Stoke ended on 79-6 in the gathering gloom.
A great start to the season, with a number of good bowling performances. On another day the 18 wides (36 runs) may have proved costlier. In the end the Rams were stronger, in all facets and thoroughly deserved their win.
Strong Rams see off Carsons
A strong Rams team easily overcame a young and inexperienced Carsons & Mangotsfield team at the Common on Thursday night, romping home by 66 runs.
For the second successive week the Rams batted first. Thomas Moreton and Oliver Vercoe put on 55 for the first wicket, before the latter was run-out by a direct hit by the short backstop. Moreton, playing assuredly, with increasing confidence, eased his way to being “retired” at 25 – a personal best. Harvey Burton hit impressively, mainly to leg, but did have the shot of the evening, dispatching a cover drive perfectly to the pavilion. He got his just rewards, reaching his 25, on the final ball of the innings, that included 4 fours. With healthy extras, as usual, the Rams amassed an impressive 120-2.
Rams got their bowling off to a terrific start – Alfie Huke clean bowling the Carson’s opener (and biggest lad by far) with his second ball. That set the tone of the innings, and though Carsons batted defiantly right down the order, they were no match for the consistently accurate Rockhampton attack. Ben Long, Adam Jackson, Fred Commander all went for just a few runs in their 2 overs. By far, the exceptional bowler of the evening was Tiger Sherred, picking up 4 wickets for 2 runs in just 2 overs – all bowled. Jardel Furness, as usual, bowled well and picked up 2-9 – the latter being a smart catch at mid-off by skipper Ben Long – the only catch of the match.
Overall, an easy win, against a team that were strong last year but have lost most of their team as they move up an age group. The early season positives for the Rams are good – 6 different batsmen in the first two games reaching double figures, and there is much variety with the bowlers. Accuracy is key at this level of cricket – with wides being usually the top contributor each innings. So, pleasingly, it was good to see the wide count drop from 18 to 12 in this match. As for catching … 6 went down, so there’s an area for improvement on Friday nights!
Great start to the season lads – keep it up!
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Under 11s Group 1
Starting Tuesday 2nd October for 10 weeks
No training on Tuesday 30th October due to half term
Under 11s Group 2
Starting Monday 1st October for 10 weeks
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