On a glorious summer day at Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club, Tring Park U10s took on Bishop’s Stortford in the Herts Hardball County Semi-Final. Our boys bowled a great line and length reducing the batting side to 265-7, with Kit and Joey the pick of the bowlers with three and two wickets respectively. After a tricky start, our middle order were intent on attacking the bowling, with Mal and Thomas putting on 30 runs, before Barney and Jamie took us past our target, with another 26 runs. Ferdy and Dylan then added another 30 runs, to reach 303/5, to get the boys through to the final, with a really positive all round batting display.
We then saw the best two sides in the county, battle it out as our boys met Harpenden in the Hardball County Final. We were treated to an outstanding display of cricket by both teams, who showed tremendous maturity well beyond their years. The standard of cricket and level of commitment was exceptional, particularly in such scorching temperatures.
Tring won the toss and elected to bowl. After tight opening spells from Kit and Joey, the Harpenden opening batsmen got off to a modest start without losing a wicket. Things started to liven up, as their batsmen began to attack, but a sharp catch behind the stumps from Ferdy off Dylan’s bowling, saw Harpenden lose their first wicket.
Whilst Harpenden continued to attack, Dylan counter attacked and took his tally to 4 wickets with a tremendous spell of bowling. Fine bowling spells from Barney and Mal, who both took a wicket, saw Jamie De Beer take a fabulous catch at mid-wicket, which left its mark! After a huge effort from our boys with the ball and in the field, combined with some good batting and running between the wickets from the batting side, Harpenden posted a good score of 289/6.
The Tring innings was built up steadily, with smart rotation of the strike early on from Kit and Joey, who gave the boys a solid start against some very good opening bowlers. Thomas and Mal started to attack the bowling and put on 32 runs, which included a number of vital boundaries and more good running between the wickets.
Jamie and Barney continued to bat positively and although we lost a couple of wickets, they took the boys to within 22 runs of our target, thanks to their quick running between the wickets. With Ferdy and Dylan up against more good bowling, the pressure was on. Good communication, helped the boys pick up vital singles and put the fielders under pressure. However, a run out and a great penultimate over meant that Tring needed 13 runs to win from the last over.
As the contest reached its climax, Ferdy and Dylan held their nerve and calmly calculated what they needed to do. Dylan struck the first ball for 4, before Ferdy beautifully straight drove another for 4. Dylan then took the boys into the lead with yet another fantastic strike that raced over the boundary. Our boys were 4 runs ahead and Harpenden needed a wicket from the last two deliveries, but a solid defence from Dylan completed an exhilarating finish and magnificent victory for Tring, who ended up 293/6.
The final was so evenly matched and played in a fantastic spirit throughout. Immense credit must go to both teams for putting on such a superb display of cricket. Our captain, Thomas, did a fantastic job with clever bowling changes and thoughtful field placing. The teamwork and encouragement was particularly important in the heat yesterday and it was great to see the boys thinking about the game and making decisions for themselves – a great advert for junior cricket.
Huge thanks to Liz and Sarah for all their hard work this season across the three U10 teams, which has enabled us as a club to become Herts County Champions and potentially Bucks League Winners! Although only 8 boys got to play in the final yesterday, all 35 boys who have played for the U10s this season have contributed to this victory and you have all played a vital part in this season’s success. Well done boys, that was a monumental team effort yesterday and you thoroughly deserve to be Hertfordshire County Champions!
Tring U10 Winning Team
Updated 21:59 - 26 Oct 2018 by James Wheeler
Jamie De Beer
Thomas Lowe (c)