In their first home game of the season, Plympton U16s took on Whitchurch in the U16 League Cup at Harewood. Unusually for this early in the season, the sun was shining and the pitch bone dry, throwing up clouds of dust throughout the game.
Whitchurch won the toss and elected to bat first. Nathan Prout and Tyler Hunt opened the batting, with Jake Agnew and Isaac Rowsell opening the bowling for Plympton. Although Whitchurch looked to be making a solid start, Agnew trapped Hunt on the final ball of the first over and he was given out LBW. Wickets continued to fall at about 1 an over until the 5th over when Nathan Prout and Josh Hawkins started to put some form of partnership together. They lasted until the 13th over taking the score from 23/4 to 44/5 before Prout was caught by Issac Rowsell off Luca Manuell’s bowling. Whitchurch managed to hold it together and complete their overs, finishing on 70/7, Ben Carty top scored with 11. Jake Agnew (2-7) and Isaac Rowsell (2-9) were the pick of Plympton’s bowlers.
After the break, Evie Privett and Megan Nicholas took to the field to face Whitchurch’s bowling attack in the form of Tyler Hunt and Josh Hawkins opening. Evie Privett fell after 2 balls to Hunt’s bowling, caught by Sam Lawrence. 8 balls later Megan Nicholas was clean bowled by Josh Hawkins. Jack Adams and Matt Roberts were now in the middle and between them took the fight to Whitchurch, Adam’s put on a quickfire 25 off 27 balls and retired after a partnership of 46 took the score onto 50/3. Matt soon followed Adam’s to the changing rooms having put on 15 including the only 6 of the game! Wickets continued to fall at a steady rate, including Hannah Duckworth’s to an amazing diving catch from Keeper Nathan Prout who had covered about 10yards just to attempt the dive! However the damage had already been done and Issac Rowsell hit the winning runs with a boundary to see Plympton to victory by 4 wickets with 7.3 overs to spare, finishing on 74/6.
This was a great game to watch, played fully in the spirit of cricket, Hannah Duckworth was home side fielder of the game and Nathan Prout the away side fielder of the game. Special mention has to go to Plympton U16 Captain and first team regular, Ben Privett, he came to play on a break from his GCSE revision, he selflessly elected not to bat or bowl ensuring that all of the younger and less experienced members of the team were fully involved.