Teenage skipper guides Kidmore to success against local rivals
SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD stand-in KIDMORE END skipper Jake Easton guided his side to a seven-wicket victory at home to SONNING COMMON VILLAGE
SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD stand-in KIDMORE END skipper Jake Easton guided his side to a seven-wicket victory at home to SONNING COMMON VILLAGE last Sunday.
Having lost the toss the visitors elected to bat first as Matt Stevens and Todd Butler took the new ball bowling a testing line and length on a dry wicket.
Stevens, bowling seam, claimed the first wicket, removing Tindswell for 4 after a good catch from Leonard in the covers. Wickets began to tumble with Stevens adding to his earlier success and Butler bowling visiting skipper Pitson to leave the visitors on 9-3.
Skipper Easton removed his opening pair from the attack in favour of seamer Billy Hayden and leg spinner Ed Waldron. Despite losing two more quick wickets, L Gallimore and M Pitson solidified the innings reaching 55 before Gallimore was removed by Waldron with a sharp catch at first slip by Leonard.
Waldron and Hayden bowled well in tandem with the former claiming four victims, Hayden picking up one. Waldron and Hayden were replaced by Tony Hayden and another youngster Euan Morgan who bowled well. The innings was finished off by the returning pace man James Rogers, claiming the last wicket with just his second ball, Sonning Common posting 114.
In reply youthful openers Zac Leonard and Oscar Fountain began the Kidmore innings. Fountain was the more aggressive of the two, playing a number of shots to third man as well as crashing the ball through the covers with regularity. Fountain was the first batsman to fall, caught for 41 with the score at 47-1. James Rogers joined Leonard at the crease and looked comfortable until he was bowled by L Gallimore for 6.
Easton and Leonard got Kidmore within touching distance of victory; Leonard again the more conservative of the two whilst Easton seemingly in a hurry to finish things was removed for 13 with the score at 98, caught and bowled by N Pitson.
Leonard was joined by Stevens and the game was over in the blink of an eye, Stevens finishing with a quick 15 not out and the anchor of the innings Leonard finishing on 30 not out, with 18 overs to spare.