Runs galore but not quite enough for U15s

U15s Garboldisham v Cringleford Lodge, Wednesday 10 June 2015, SNCL 16 over, 8-a-side

Cringleford Lodge 163 for 4 off 16 overs, Garboldisham 144 for 1 off 16 overs

Batting first, the visitors racked up a hefty 163 for 4, which is very good going at over 10 runs per over. Wickets were taken by Joe Baker, Oscar Lane and George Southgate with catches from Georgie Dunkinson and Max Elder, plus a run-out. Unfortunately there were 36 extras.

In reply, Garboldisham knew that they had a very tough job on their hands in chasing down Cringleford’s total. Garby openers Toby Culling and Joe Baker set about their job with gritty determination and they quickly had the scoreboard ticking over with some excellent hard running between the wickets. Good fielding from the visitors, as they cut off the boundaries, kept Garboldisham’s run chase under control but Culling and Baker pressed on. At the 8 over, half way point, the game was still in the balance. However, a tight 12th over from Cringleford, with one too many dot balls, saw Garby stalling and with 50 or so runs needed off the final 4 overs, a win finally looked like an impossible task for the Garboldisham batsmen – but the lads never gave up hope. Toby Culling was finally run out on 55 and was replaced by Angus Pringle. Joe Baker battled on to reach 65 not out and Garboldisham ended up 20 runs short. It was a fantastic fight-back from Toby and Joe and with help from Angus at the finish, but the heady Cringleford total, along with some excellent fielding from the visitors, proved to be just too much for the home side.