Plympton U16 v Buckland U16 27/6/18
On a baking hot afternoon, Buckland traveled to Plympton for the return fixture after a game the previous week. The dynamics of the teams were almost the opposite from last week, with Plympton having the upper hand in availability this week.
Plympton's Captain for this game, Ben Privett, won the toss and elected to bat and what looked like a good wicket and fast outfield. With Plympton down to 8 players and Buckland 9, it was always going to be hard work, with temperatures having touched 30 degrees during the day.
Opening pair Elliot Hamilton and Tobin Barker set about the Buckland attack, with boundaries coming quickly for Hamilton, whilst Barker supported him well at the other end. After putting on a quick partnership of 55 in 5 overs, the pair were broken up by Barker (6) being caught and bowled by Buckland's first change bowler John Moon.
Privett came out to join Hamilton and after adding only 12 runs to the partnership a mix up in calling meant Hamilton was run out on 45 off only 25 balls.
Billy Pitman came out to join Privett, between them they did not let up on the run rate adding 57 runs to the total in 5 overs before Pitman was caught by Harry Richardson off Toby Halloran's bowling. Pitman had racked up 32 in 18 balls!
With the score now on 124, Privett fell in the next over, clean bowled by Alex Richardson on 27.
Plympton struggled to show much more in the way of resistance and finished on 157-7 off 16.4 overs. Alex Richardson led the bowling figures on 2-28.
After a well earned drinks break, Buckland openers John Moon and Gareth Edwards took to the middle. Initially they looked to be holding up against the Plympton attack well, but they knew they were going to have up the run rate, when the first wicket of Edwards fell in the 4th over to Hamilton's bowling, they were 25 runs behind Plympton at the same stage of the game.
Moon managed to last another 2 overs, before also falling to Hamilton on 16 runs. Harry Richardson lost his wicket on the next ball.
Despite valient efforts by the Buckland team, including 13 by Toby Mcluskie and and impressive 24 by Toby Halloran, they just could not get the score board moving quickly enough and ended up all out for 89 off 19.4 overs.
Hamilton showed some determined bowling to finish on 3-6 off 2 also taking 2 catches.
Credit must go to both teams for a hard fought performance played with great spotsmanship in the spirit of cricket!