The evolution of a cricketer is slower than that of other sportsman.
For Manderston’s Junior players this evolution is moving more rapidly and more excitingly than anyone thought.
Manderston’s first game was a visit to Tillside. Having won the toss Manderston elected to field first with only ten men.
Tillside batted studiously for the first 20 overs. Despite being under strength the bowlers performed admirably. Knowing they were a man down in the field they bowled in the right areas and did not allow the batsman to exploit the gaps that resulted. Daniel Richards was the pick of the bowlers with figures of six overs, one wicket for only 11 runs.
It was two players making their debut who really impressed. Rene and Pavel Miller came onto bowl in their first game during the tough middle overs. The younger Miller, Pavel, bowled five overs for 24 runs and Rene four overs for 26. Tillside only managed 176 off their 40 overs.
Manderston’s reply got off to a good start. Sam Culham was the star of the batting as he made the bowling look poorer than it actually was. In partnership with Matt Taylor, they got off to a start that exceeded the required run rate. When Taylor was removed it was the Culham and Mark Conington partnership that ensured Manderston would be able to chase the 176 with ease. That Culham fell only eight short of a maiden century shows that even the best young players still have something to learn.
It was Mark Conington who steered Manderston to the total required, winning the game by six wickets with a six.