REPORT BY COACH JOHN HEYWOOD: Heywood Under 13 finished the league campaign on Sunday when they entertained Bury at Crimble in the sunshine.
Captain Danny James lost the toss and Heywood were asked to bat first on what was a green but fair wicket. It was a tough toss to lose as we would have preferred to have bowled and chase down a target.
Regardless, any batsman applying themselves could be patient and start to accumulate runs. The wicket also looked like it would do a little bit for the bowlers and all in all a good match was in prospect.
Danny and Shoeb opened the batting and things started very well. Good running between the wickets and one or two nice shots to the boundary for four took Heywood’s total to 30 for 0 off the opening six overs.
With the Bury opening bowlers missing due to holiday from this platform a par 100+ score should have been achieved. The hard groundwork had been done and Heywood were at this stage in the ascendancy.
Patience is something all young batsmen need to learn and when you get a decent straight ball, a forward or backward defence shot is something that will extend a batsman’s innings. You cannot score runs when you are back in the hutch.
From 30-0 this became 30-2 and very quickly 40-4 with the opening four wickets all bowled. Some decent catching from the Bury lads compounded Heywood’s wasteful approach and the innings was completed by 10.30am in only the 12th over – all out 48. It was a bitter disappointment and something to learn from.
At half time we talked about how we needed to match the Bury energy and all round verve and Heywood started the innings brightly.
Three quick wickets and the score was 10-3 and just for a moment there was a glimmer of light in what was always going to be a difficult ask.
Heywood’s young bowlers bowled much better than recent weeks and in pockets the energy in the field was good too. The reality is that 47 runs will not win many 20 over games and the Bury batsmen regrouped and comfortably won in the 10th over. An unusual blip in what otherwise has been a very good season for all the lads. Maybe a combination of availability and a lack of recent training conspired against us.
A key point for the lads to consider is ENERGY in the field and attitude / body language is something that can influence a game and is something the lads can be mindful of as they move up to under 15 cricket next year.
On reflection the season was in my opinion a success, we just couldn’t build on the 6 wins and kick on. The weather hasn’t helped and there are lessons learned for those that want to learn them.
This group of players have been magnificent all year and when the concentration level and application is there they are a match for any side in either league for this age group. It has been a pleasure watching them play and some of the cricket has been top drawer. Good luck to the year eight lads as they move into Peter Mills under-15 set up. The year seven lads now need to step up to the plate and get ready for their chance to shine in 2013.
Thanks to Stef for scoring and Paula for the bacon butties.
Thanks to the brilliant set of parents who have helped all year, also for making sure the lads got out of bed – I have struggled with that on more than one Sunday morning!
Thanks to the ground-staff for preparing the wickets and Rob Morley for running a couple of the games in my absence. Apologies for anybody else I might have missed.
One final friendly on the 19th. Lets win that one and finish the season on a high.
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