Kineton v Stratford Under 14s – 9th May 2014

Blue skies, tall white clouds and the backdrop of Edge Hill made Kineton Cricket Club the perfect setting for Stratford Under 14’s first match of the season, against a strong Kineton side. The hosts won the toss, and chose to bowl. Strike bowlers Johnson and Rolls were precise and economical, putting great pressure on Stratford, but opening batsmen Whitby and May held their ground and took runs sensibly, scoring 38 for the first wicket, and building a base for the middle order, amongst whom Henry Hopkins stood out with a fine 38, joined latterly by Joe Element who finished with 26. Stratford’s 20 overs closed with 122 for 5. James Cooper was the pick of the Kineton bowlers, taking 3 wickets.

Kineton’s batting line-up fared well at first, until Element caught opener Rolls off the bowling of Alex Beesley. From then on, the game fell into a pattern of effective, sometimes powerful batting from Kineton, versus good bowling and fine fielding from Stratford, with Kineton wickets falling to a regular beat. Stratford Captain Charlie Middleton took two with the ball, as did Marcus Farthing; Isaam Ahmed held a superb caught and bowled to see off Ed Briggs, and Matt Rickett finished Daryl Johnson’s game with an excellent run out. Stratford’s determination was exemplified by Beesley, making a magnificent but wickedly painful goalkeeper’s stop with his shin at Silly mid on. Ultimately, good bowling and great fielding came out on top. Kineton finished with 87 for 7. Stratford Under 14s won by 35 runs.

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Picture 1: Stratford’s Sebastian May slams the ball to the Deep midwicket boundary
Picture 2: Ed Briggs (Kineton) sends one down to Stratford’s Hopkins
Picture 3: Stratford’s Hopkins prepares his welcome for another Kineton ball
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