Camberley U11s have a near miss at Pyrford
By Ian SIMPSON
Nine runs short, but some great cricket by all
A blustery sunny morning brought the Camberley U11s to Pyrford where they won the toss and elected to take the (very sloping) field. On the side of the hill, Ollie and Henry E opened the bowling, keeping tight lines and giving little away, until Henry struck first with a wicket , leaving Pyrford 6 for 1. Five fantastic catches followed, two long ones by Ollie, one by Henry E, one by Rohan, and another caught behind by Adrian off the fast bowling of Harry Baker. The score was inching up very slowly, and Camberley looked to have it in the bag. The lower order batsmen though, had something up their sleeves, and a cluster of fours plus a few annoying extras left the home team with 78 for 6 after the 20 overs. Camberley opened the batting with Owen and Adrian, but didnt really get going, and both openers fell cheaply. Harry Baker was next in, and soon got into his stride with some great hits, a couple of twos and a magnificent six which nearly ended in a lost ball. Once joined by Henry E, the "run-stealing pair" from 2015 U9s days were back in business, with some unbelievable singles and twos grabbed, with Pyrford only missing out on run outs several times by microseconds. Sadly Harry was eventually run out on a top score of 18, so very well done. Henry batted on, joined by Ollie, but then lofted a ball for a catch and we were suddenly 5 down. Ollie was given run out in error, when this umpire failed to spot the opposition wicket keeper had dropped the ball, and broke the wicket with his gloves, but he has forgiven his father! Oscar managed to stay at the crease a while, making four singles, and Aariz kept to it until Camberley lost their tenth wicket, leaving us within sight of the total, but only nine short. Some great teamwork, excellent field work and bowling, and most importantly, far fewer extras this week, meaning this team are on an upward path... They just need to get it all to work together next time for the dreaded Valley end!