Poole Town 54 all out. Parley 55-1
"Spicy" batting sees Parley home in comprehensive away victory.
Huge banter on the boundary tonight. Copious amounts of teasing, cajoling and ridicule dished out to all parties. I seem to get more stick than your average Villa manager though. However, the comfortable victory ensured a relaxed atmosphere, and I suspect most folks were home in tome to see Les Bleus in action. What a goal from Payet to win that game.
Our bowlers were in devastating mood from the outset. 3 wickets in the first three overs. A tremendous run out from Jack off Teddy's bowling. Seb started his run up in Corfe Mullen but nearly smashed the off stump to smithereens, and Sam continued his wonderful bowling form. He finished with three wickets again. Figures of 3-2 are pretty impressive. Jack continued his recent habit of bowling out their dangerous batsmen. His figures were 1-2 Sid bowled a wicket maiden(1-9). Will also ended up with 1-9.
Now, the moan. The obligatory moan that has been the theme of this season. 35 extras. Most kids guilty if i'm honest. That minor indiscretion provoked some intersting discussion on the boundary. I love that input and we need it as we continue to develop. Against better sides that could be the difference. Anyway, you don't need me to spell that out. I take no satisfaction from finding faults in such an easy victory. With Christchurch in mind next week I am going to propose that Paul or one of his coaches spends the hour of training doing purely bowling drills with the the under 10 team. Let's try and get those scoresheets back to being a sea of wickets and dot balls. Tom Lyle's return to line and length was encouraging though.
Ok, slight moan over and on to the batting. Routine was the name of the game really.
A great cricket commentator once remarked that you can't create truly great teams by making wholesale changes on a regular basis.
Any developing cricket team needs to be treated like a good curry. Add the right herbs and spices...but sparingly. Never over do it with the chili, cumin or garlic. With that in mind we introduced young Ollie Baker this season. One new budding and keen young player into an already established and successful team or Chicken balti if you like. That is proving a canny move as he scored a blistering 22. 16 of which were boundaries. All of his perfomances this season have been excellent though. So to hear he is not available next week is a blow, so we have a tough decision to make. Add some tamarind(Joseph Booth) or some fiery habaneros(Sam Rayner). A tough decision that one.
Culinary platitudes aside. Ollie came to training all winter. We saw some promise and he's a superb addition to the team. I do take great satisfaction in the fact that I did see some raw talent in Ollie and the Parley conveyor belt has churned out yet another very promising player. Well played Ollie.
Back to young Sam. 26 runs. Nice to see him back with a big score. It was only a matter of time and he deployed a couple of superb pull shots in his elegant knock. Young Teddy was dissapointed to lose his wicket but he should be proud of his contribution to the team. On the plus side we have now found a role for Joe. Player liaison officer. His comforting of young Teddy was a very delightful moment even if he is a pain in the box most of the time.
Hannah was her usual vigilant self behind the stumps. Took on scoring duties and always seems so natural around these boisterous young lads. She's an integral part of the team. I feel bad that her and young Jack haven't had any time to bat yet this season.