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The Under 13s played a quality CSNI side at Shaw’s Bridge on Wednesday 26th June, winning a thriller by 9 runs.


Having won the toss, Tom Crothers had no hesitation in electing to bat. Amy Hunter and George Palmer paid a solid foundation before George was bowled with the score on 60 in the 12th over. A super knock from George and he selflessly sacrificed his wicket in an attempt to pressurize the bowlers. Amy was batting sensibly and waiting to punish anything loose. The CSNI attack was strong and putting the ball in good areas.

Tom’s arrival brought a more attacking style to the innings and Amy followed suit. The pair moved the score on to 118 in the 18th over before Amy was well caught by Harry Dyer on the boundary. A very mature innings from Amy who waited patiently for the right ball to go ariel. Tom continued to clear the ropes straight and find gaps in the field. Ben McCausland ran well to give Tom most of the strike and the innings closed on 147-3.

Amy’s 54- 4 x 4s and 3 x 6s (48 balls)

Tom’s 52 n.o -7 x 6s (24 balls) (Thanks to Tony Henry for the scoring stats)

In reply, the CSNI opening pair of Harry Dyer and Ryan Hunter started with intent, taking 9 from Max Willmott’s first and 21 from Daniel Henry’s first over.

With 4 overs gone, CSNI were 44 without loss. Game on!! However, Tom ‘s faith in his opening pair was repaid in the fifth over when Max firstly clean bowled Ryan Hunter, then had Harry Dyer caught by Ben at point. Two massive wickets and Inst now surely held the upper hand. With Daniel having Adam Leckey brilliantly stumped by Ben Oberholzer, the whole complexion of the game changed. Max claimed his third bowling Ross Minford. CSNI were now 67 for 4 after 8 overs. The introduction of Tom and Amy into the attack squeezed further as Tom bowled the dangerous Alex Mayer. Amy accounted for the struggling Scott Gray and the game appeared to scale had tilted significantly in Inst’s favour. Tom introduced Michael Hollway to the attack to keep his remaining two overs for the finale. Superb bowling from Michael under pressure further turned the screw. After 15 overs the score was 94 for 6. 54 required from the last five overs as instructions were relayed to the batsmen. A decent over from Amy was followed by another good one from Tom. Three overs left, 40 runs to win and surely it was just a matter of bowling outside off stump to close the game out?

The pressure told as Ben went for 18. With 21 required from 2 overs, the game was in the balance. Fortunately Tom held his nerve, restricting CSNI to 8 runs from his over. meaning that 13 were required from the 20th. Cometh the hour, cometh the man as Michael calmly bowled six good balls to close out the game, capturing the wicket of James West in the process. The final pair of James West and James Clarke put on 48 in their attempt to save the game. Key contributions were Max’s three wickets, Tom conceding 20 runs in his 4 overs and Michael’s composure to conceded 8 runs in his 3. The fielding was of a high standard throughout.

Cup successfully retained although this was a fantastic advert for NCU youth cricket and the superb talent on both sides.

Thanks to CSNI for a competitive game.

A deserved win for the squad who have worked hard individually and collectively.

INSTONIANS 147-3 (G Palmer 23, Amy Hunter 54, T Crothers 52 n.o)

CSNI 138-7 (H Dyer 35, J West 27, J Clarke 25 n.o, M Willmott 3-31)