Twickenham CC U12s v Indian Gymkhana CC U12
Hamish's heroics can't halt formidable Indian Gymkhana.
On another fine evening on the green Indian Gymkhana took the match away from the Ts with a superior batting performance. Captain Hamish won the toss and decided to have a bowl. After a couple of steady overs from Luca and Hamish Indian Gym's opening batter, Zayd, was in and started to impose himself on the bowlers. Fresh from hitting a 60 against the Ts U13s last Friday, Zayd, consistently hit the ball hard to the boundary or either tapped the ball close to him to run through for quick singles. Max did manage a breakthrough having the other Indian Gym opener caught by Alex at point after a leading edge. From then on the runs flowed with the Ts finding it difficult to keep focused and upbeat as the ball flew around the Green. The Ts stopped as many balls as they could but at times there was lack of energy in the field - unusual for this set of players. The Indian gym batters powered on to 175 off their 20 overs with Zayd finishing on 97 and his partner, Ishan brining up 53
The Ts regrouped during the interval knowing that the target of 176 would be a bit of stretch but the total also providing the opportunity to spend some valuable time at the crease. Unfortunately openers Frankie and Ollie were not able stick around for too long. Hamish and Sammy steadied the ship for a short while but Sammy was the next to fall as one of Indian Gym's tricky spin bowlers produced a perfect delivery that just got passed Sammy's immaculate forward defensive. Next in, Max, was also unlucky as his strongly hit cut shot went straight to the point fielder. Samuel entered the fray and supported the increasing confident Hamish brilliantly and the pair put on a partnership of 40. As Indian Gym rotated their bowlers Hamish dispatched some fine fours through mid wicket. Samuel departed for 5 bringing Sean to the crease who decided hitting out from ball one was the way forward. Unfortunately his 3rd cross batted shot in a row resulted in him tamely hitting the ball straight back to the bowler. Alex saw out the remaining 6 overs with a handy innings of 13, which included a nicely hit four through backward point. Hamish meanwhile kept batting well and deservedly brought up his 50, helping the Ts reach a respectable 103 off their 20 overs.
Indian Gym are undoubtedly a strong side - reaching the county finals in 2017 - and this match was a tough lesson for our U12s. I'm sure this team will turn this experienced into a positive, and with more work on their match management skills when in the field, continued practice on their bowling and batting and rediscovering their energy and vocal support for each other during matches they’ll come back stronger.
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