Quarter Final of Cricket County Cup
On Tuesday 9th June 2009 the CCS Year 10 team arrived at Moulton with high hopes of a place in the semi final of this competition. CCS lost the toss (again!) and Moulton chose to bat first. K Patel and S Hughes bowled a superbly tight first 4 overs with only 11 runs being scored from them.
K Patel bowled the Moulton opening batsman in his first over with a quicker ball that broke the stump! It was uphill work from here for the bowlers with the 2nd Moulton opener and a big hitting 3rd batsman scoring a 67 run partnership. Moulton quickly accelerated to 129 for 2 wickets (2nd wicket being a run out) off 18 overs which is a very challenging score to chase. Despite the total the batsman were confident that they could achieve the 7 an over run rate required with S Hughes and A Jackson opening the batting. The boundaries were extremely long so 4’s and 6’s we thought were going to be hard to come by however, the openers made the pitch seem very small.
Finer attacking batting you will not see at this month’s 20/20 world cup!! A Jackson got into his stride with a quick fire 22 and was ably supported by S Hughes who was picking singles and 2’s off to try and keep A Jackson on strike. Hughes then got into his own rhythm and the batsmen were scoring at an equal rate. The captain, M Hodkingson and 4th batsman K Patel had padded up in vein with the rest of the CCS batting line up being spectators as Hughes and Jackson thumped a 109 unbeaten partnership to sail past the 129 total required (with extras) with 4 balls in hand. Hughes finished on 54 and Jackson finished unbeaten on 55. A fine batting performance, well paced and consistently of some brutal hitting.
Players of the Match -S Hughes, A Jackson
The team clearly need to display better fielding and bowling performance against Weavers (away) in the semi final on Thursday 18th June if they are to progress through to the county cup final which is likely to be against NSB or Oundle school.
Congratulations lads and good luck in the semi final!