Gordon U/11 Red - Round 13
U11 Reds vs Lane Cove Katich
5 February 2011
Allan Small Field, East Killara
The U11 Reds ran into an inferno and a very good Lane Cove team on Saturday before the game was abandoned due to extreme heat.
Reds discuss tactics - in the shade!
With the mercury well into the mid 30s at 8.15am, the Reds won the toss and elected to bowl against top of the table Lane Cove Katich. The Reds were down a man and took to the field with 10 players.
At first it was slow going as the bowlers and fielders kept a lid on the batsmen. After 10 overs, there were 53 runs on the board. But then the soaring heat ' and some good batting ' took their toll. Catches were put down while misfields and no balls cost the Reds dearly. In the end, a lack of concentration in the field due to the heat exhaustion saw the Lane Cove side score 207.
For the Reds, Brae Mason was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 13 from his four overs while Tom Hampson chipped in with 1 for 13 from his three. There were two run outs from Charlie Bibb and Tim Perry.
Facing a large total, the Reds opened the batting with James Mulder and Sam Duckworth. Mulder got the team off to a flyer smashing a stunning 28 including five 4s and a 6. At the other end, a defiant Duckworth put on a superb display of technically correct batting with a perfectly straight bat.
Angus Chitty padded up ready to go!
After nine overs, the Reds were ahead of the run rate and on track to haul in the huge total.
When Mulder was forced to retire, Hampson came in and kept the runs ticking over on his way to a measured 12 before getting out.
Next in was Angus Chitty who stylishly went about his shots and produced a quality sweep on his way to 16 not out.
At 3 for 80 and with Chitty and Bibb at the crease, the Reds were only just behind the required run rate. However, the heat had become unbearable and the temperature had hit 38.4 degrees in the shade. The game was stopped.
We will never know if the Reds could have reeled in the total but the boys were well placed to go close.
Mulder picked up the Player of the Match and has now passed 200 runs for the season. Well done, James.
Practice is on again this Friday where fielding drills could be the order of the day.
Next Saturday the Reds take on Lane Cover Marsh at Pottery Green in Lane Cove.
Good luck boys and keep enjoying the game!