U15s start with a win at Sanford
15s hold nerve to win close game at Sanford St Martin
KCC under 15s got their season off to a winning start in a close contest at Sanford St Martin on a glorious spring evening.
Sanford proved to be a stiff challenge for our Super 8 side and started well after winning the toss and choosing to bat first.
Their opening pair put on 20 without loss after 4 overs. KCC pulled it back by picking up regular wickets throughout the innings with Toby Earp
and Jacob Oliver
the pick of the bowlers but everyone did a good job in the field and all the bowlers looked in good form.
In response to the Sanford total of 269, KCC made a slow start and lost an early wicket and a batsman to injury, Sam Kimber was struck on the toe twice by two excellent Yorkers. Sam was replaced by Matthew Suckling
and he and Josh set about rebuilding the innings with some fine shots, both striking some lovely shots to the boundary. Sam Kimber bravely returned and seemed in no discomfort as he sent the ball crashing to the fence a couple times, clearing the infield with ease. He and Aman did well to keep the score moving. Oscar and Toby worked the singles well and kept up with the required rate. But wickets kept falling and it was down to the last pair of Jacob and Ned to score 18 off the last 4 overs. It was a tense finish with 5 needed off the last over but Ned looked cool under pressure and cracked a lovely 4 off the first ball but then blocked the next 3, however he was always in control and picked his moment to guide the ball to the boundary and seal an excellent win for KCC.
Well done to all and thanks to Michael Behal for umpiring. Next up is Brightwell on Thursday and then our first 11 a side match of the season at Wolvercote on Monday.