Dark clouds and a chilly day greeted the U9s at Quality Street
at 8:30am last Saturday, but it was all worth it as they secured a
victory over local rivals Salfords.
With memories of a victory against Salfords in a friendly game
last summer, the team were eager to see if they could achieve a
Salfords arrived and their captain strolled out to the middle to
meet Jack, Merstham's skipper, for the toss.
The coin spun high in the air, a cry of heads from the Salfords
captain proved a good choice, giving them the win and the
opportunity to field first on what looked to be a good day for
Merstham's opening pair of James Reeves and William Buckley took
to the crease to face some straight and relatively quick deliveries
from the opening bowler. William Buckley did a solid job to keep
the bowler at bay. Tip and run seemed to be the order of the
After a couple of decent deliveries, the bowler struck and James
turned to see his springback stumps flexing, bales flying to the
wicketkeeper. Five runs down but undeterred, James took up his
guard again at the beginning of the next and final over of his
innings and quite comprehensively crushed a pull shot through
square leg for four. Another four to the mid-wicket boundary a few
balls later and by the end of their four overs, James and William
had given Merstham a comfortable start.
Merstham's second pair of Matty Porter and Captain Jack saw the
runs pile on thick and fast including two maximums from Porter. The
remaining batting was right on point with quick singles taken
wherever possible. The opposition didn't give up and were able to
take a couple more wickets to give themselves a fighting chance but
with the late addition of runs from Austen and Toby, including an
advantageous three from some lax fielding, Merstham finished on
309-3 and he set a massive target for Salfords to chase.
With heads high and "catching hands ready" our bowlers made a
good fist of the task at hand. Jaden Parerra bowling a maiden for
the first of his two overs. Some top work in the field from Will
Rustige saved more than a few byes and with all eyes on the
scoreboard, Salfords needed 48 runs from the final four overs to
snatch an unlikely victory.
Thanks to more tight bowling, a couple of wickets and some
histrionics in the field (we hope your knee is okay Jack) the
Magics were able to restrict Salfords to 257-5, securing a 52-run