LAST SATURDAY AN UNDER 11 TEAM CONSISTING OF CAPTAIN EWAN VAN NIEKERK, WILL CHURCH, TROY JACOBS, TYLER HUTH, ANGUS BREWSTER AND ANGLUS GLEN, TRAVELLED UP TO PEMBROKE FOR THE ANNUAL SIX ASIDE TOURNAMENT.
Although confident in our bowling attack, there were questions marks over our batting that meant we were placed number two seeds with Braeburn as number one. The first three games of our group stages were fairly straightforward and gave us an opportunity to experiment with field placings and approaches to bowling.
Victories against Braeburn Mombasa, Cavina and St. Andrews Turi meant that we were through to the last game of our group stages knowing that we would be in the semifinals regardless of the result. Nonetheless a close game against Peponi, in which we were the victors, gave us great confidence going in to the semifinal against Pembroke. In the semifinal we bowled first and the old "Pembroke nerves" rather got the better of us. Wides, no balls and full tosses were common place as we struggled to adapt to Kyle, the left handed Pembroke batsman. With a total target of 61, we were up against it, but the boys showed their true character.
Troy Jacobs took us home with an over to spare and a spectacular six which he smashed into “cow corner.” With the final now in sight we knew that Peponi, who we had already played in the group stages, would be a tricky opposition. The boys did a fantastic job of settling their nerves and put on a decent total of 52 with a mature batting performance. Troy Jacobs again adding some key runs at the final over. Our bowling performance in the final was composed and probably the best we had bowled all tournament. Tyler Huth in particular bowled the penultimate over taking 3 wickets for just 2 runs.
The boys should be very proud of their performance over the tournament and were deserved winners. Ewan van Niekerk captained the team superbly and having been retired 4 times in 6 matches was the deserved winner of the Batsman of the Tournament Award. Angles Glen played a key role in the final and bowled steadily throughout the tournament. Troy Jacobs was handy with both bat and ball and will be remembered for a fantastic six in the semifinal.
Will Church was the steady anchor in our batting line up and has made extraordinary progress as a wicket keeper. Angus Brewster was the forefront of our bowling attack and became a real threat in the opening over. Tyler Huth, who has come to be known as “Mr Steady”, bowled consistently well throughout the tournament and made the real difference in that penultimate over of the final. He was the deserved winner of the Bowler of the Tournament Award.
Congratulations to the boys for a great tournament and thank you to the parents for their support.
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