TWO TRIPS TO BLACKHALL REQUIRED TO SECURE U11 LEAGUE
Richmond U11s travelled to Blackhall two nights running in pursuit of the U11 league title. Last nights encounter was cut short by rain, but with the match rearranged for tonight and the weather forecast much better the team made the long journey again. Although given the miles that Sam Potter had put in to make it back from France for the game then Richmond to Blackhall was no problem.
Richmond won the toss for the second night running and again asked Blackhall to bat first. Having almost sprinted through their overs last night to try and beat the rain, tonights was a much more controlled bowling performance from everyone. Blackhall never looked like posting a big total against some very tight bowling and with wickets falling at regular intervals Richmond were always in control. Blackhall eventually lost 8 wickets and posted a net score of 156 runs. Wickets were taken by Jordan Forbes, Henry Noke, George Callaghan and Griffin Bewell, however the stand out performer was Amy Jobling who took a sensational 4 wickets for 0 runs on her debut in the team. Some way to start and showed the benefit of bowling full and straight - well done Amy!
When Richmond batted they had a couple of early wobbles with wickets lost in the first pair to consecutive balls to a run out and a bowled dismissal that resulted in great celebrations for the Blackhall team. However after this Richmond regained their composure and played well with the highlights being Oliver Cocksedge's top score of the season of 18 runs and a last wicket partnership between Tom Dowson and Amy Jobling who gave a great exhibition of decisive running between the wickets and contributed a pair score of 33 runs. Richmond's final net score was 273 runs to give them a very comprehensive win.
The win means that the Under 11s have won the league for the second year running, a fantastic achievement for a very talented set of young cricketers. They do all of the cricket skills well, but as important their behaviour and attiudes are excellent. Well done all you've done the Club proud.