Norfolk Under 13's - South Africa Tour February 2015 - Match Reports

Norfolk Under 13's - South Africa Tour February 2015 - Match Reports

Norfolk Under 13’s - South Africa Tour February 2015 – Match Reports


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Picture to the Right - Boys & Coaches at Newlands Cricket Ground


Match 1 Langa CC

Norfolk Under 13, sponsored by Almary Green, kicked off their tour of Cape Town with a comfortable 90 run victory in a 20 over match against Langa CC. The team toured the Langa Township in the morning and enjoyed a locally prepared meal accompanied by some talented musicians. Set against a backdrop of the beautiful Table Mountain, Norfolk scored 165 for 4 in their allotted overs with Sam Grisewood top scoring with 25.

In reply the Langa boys could only score 75 before being bowled out in the 18th over. Eddie Darley took 2-5 but all the other bowlers took a wicket. After the match the Norfolk boys donated sports kit to the Langa boys and so ended a memorable day.

 

Match 2 – Somerset College

The Norfolk Under 13 cricket team, sponsored by Almary Green, continued their tour of CapeTown with a thrilling tie against Somerset Prep College in a 20 20 match. Norfolk batted first on a glorious sunny day in magnificent surroundings. Wickets fell regularly on a very good batting wicket, which had a slow outfield to balance the scoring rate. After a few promising partnership the innings finished on 89- 7 and seemed to be 20 short of the required total. Danny Long retired with 22 not out.

When Somerset batted Callum Metcalf struck with 2 wickets in his first 2 balls to leave Norfolk on the front foot. Thereafter the game swung one way then the other. Bowling was becoming increasingly difficult as the wind became much stronger. Norfolk seemed to have the initiative going into the final few overs but this game kept everyone on their toes to the last ball when the Somerset top scorer was run out on the last ball attempting to get the winning run.

 

Match 3 – Paarl Skool Gimnasium

In their 3rd game on tour in Cape Town, Norfolk Under 13's, sponsored by Almary Green and Eastern Voice and Data, lost their unbeaten record when they were beaten by Paarl Skool Gimnasium by 7 wickets.

Norfolk lost the toss and batted first for the third game in a row. Norfolk's openers put on a bright and breezy 36 for the first wicket, which fell in the 8th over. Another good stand of 36 left Norfolk at 72 for 2 after 14 overs. This was a great base to build a good total in a 25 overs match. Further good stands left Norfolk's score at 134 - 6 in their allotted 25 overs. Top scorers were Dan Hastings (29), Dani Long (25 retired), Calum Metcalf (24) and Jacob Rhodes (22).

When Paarl batted Norfolk never really looked like taking enough wickets against some pugnacious batting from their opponents. Anything bowled short was hit with ease to the square leg boundary. Paarl hit the winning runs in the 20th over with 7 wickets to spare. Some good cricketing lessons were learnt as we move on to our final game.

 

Match 4 – Wynberg Boys Junior School

Norfolk under 13 cricket tour of Cape Town, sponsored by Almary Green, came to end with a 30 over match against Wynberg Boys Junior School, the school which first harnessed the talents of Jacques Kallis.

Norfolk won the toss and elected to field for the first time on tour. Wynberg got off to a flying start and their opening batsmen scored 50 runs before the first wicket fell in the 9th over. The expected acceleration of the run rate did not materialise and Norfolk managed to stem the flow of runs with some tight bowling on an Astro Turf pitch which caused the ball to bounce in a rather lively way. After their allotted 30 overs Wynberg managed to score 144 for the loss of 5 wickets. This total seemed to be achievable given a fast outfield.

Norfolk opened steadily and lost their first wicket in the 5th over with the score at 24. After 10 overs Norfolk were 52-1 and on track to overhaul their target. A flurry of wickets however left Norfolk all out for 110 and Wynberg won by 34 runs. James Hardy top scored with 22.

So ended a memorable 4 match tour where the boys enjoyed an experience of a life time which will never be forgotten. Thanks to all the sponsors and people who made this tour possible.



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