BDYCL Cup - 22 July 2021
Won by 10 wkts
U15 Samurai v Lansdown (league cup Semi-Final)
The Samurais finally managed to get over the line against what must be stated a very much depleted Landsown team compared to fire power they have fielded in 2021. Unfortunately holidays and isolation periods have hit both sqauds in attempting to play the game but hit the visitors hardest on a sunny late July evening at the Brownsword.
Skipper Heywood won the toss and elected to set a target on dry and used pitch which had very little bounce after a week of heatwave. This unfortunately caught out Couzins who naturally played back to short ball that never bounced and was bowled early in the innings (later Tisdale would fall in the same manner to a grubbing long hop). Donaldson quickly off the mark with a boundary only to miscued a full toss to cover from her 3rd ball and the Samurais were 20-2. This brought Eayres and Mabey together who progressed through the gears and settled into rhythm of each others play to rebuild and quieten the Lansdown fielders. Both played strongly on the off and legside. Eayers(58*) quick to pull or advance to slower bowler hitting a fine blow over long off for 6. Mabey (38) used his wrists excellently to hit several boundaries behind point. Bath finished their 20 overs with a strong 161-4.
A quick turn around and Lansdown started quickly against the extra pace with both openers striking early boundaries straight and to the legside as we missed both our line and length. As with the earlier clashes spin was killer and Ifans this time opening the bowling used the setting sun, flighted the ball trapping his prey LBW. In conjuction with Williams and Couzins spin took 4-49.
After a quick team talk inbetween batters the bowlers adjusted and took advantage of the low bounce taregting the stumps for bowled's and LBW's with the skipper Heywood (2-11) Gustard (2-16) and Tisdale (1-6) running through the middle and lower
The final will be against Heytesbury & Sutton Veny CC. Here's hoping we can bring some silverware back to North Parade in 2021