2nd XI mixing youth and experience..

Further to 1st XI match report, I feel compelled to provide a brief report following an superb, exceptionally youthful 2nd XI performance away against promotion chasing Bolton Villas.¬†Addingham fielded a team consisting of 1 under 60, 2 under 50’s, 1 under 30 and 7 teenagers!!!
Having elected to bat first, we reached a very respectable 144 all out in 37 overs on a very lively track against a very sharp bowling attack. Jonah D’Arcy top scoring with 33 ably supported by everyone (nearly), including Eliot Hutton who produced an ever lavish 21.

Having given Bolton Villas an extra 8 overs, giving them 53 over to reach 145 for the win, excellent opening spells from Al Merritt and Chris Robinson reduced the home team to 24 for 3. Unfortunately, we were unable to take advantage of a couple of half chances which allowed Bolton Villas No.3 to steady their ship…..finishing with an unbeaten 68, but not before we took a further 3 wickets shared between Kuhl Snr, Mace and one during an exceptional spell by Henry Croft…sealed with a skying catch by the ever passionate Matthew Toner. Bolton Villas needed all their over and more (using up 3 of our overs!!)

The never say die attitude, superb fielding and bowling performances of all, in particular the youngsters (and another 2 catches for Brian Kuhl!!!) forced the game to the death.

League fielding points were given by the Umpire to Josh Brooks who was outstanding who I am sure has sore hands today!….(and oldie Mace).

We have been so close in so many games this season, the continued positive attitude and passion of the juniors, in particular all those who played yesterday is not only a credit to the club, but themselves!!! Fantastically well done boys!!!

This bodes so very well for the future of the club, further evidenced by the continued growth of the likes of Danny Ellis.

Lets keep it going boys…..superb effort which absolutely deserved more reward!!!

I should like to also mention that every week, I am told by the umpires of the fantastic reputation Addingham 2nd XI has achieved this season in terms of involvement of youth, time taken to coach during play, the quality of the fielding and attitude and the overall superb manner in which Addingham approach all their games and their sportsmanship…..we appear to becoming quite legendary….again, a credit to the boys (and men) as a team and a whole!!!!!

A special thanks for Josh Hastings for scoring….a scorer in the making! and the parents of Matty Hasting, Josh Brooks and Chris Robinson who gave up their time to assist in ferrying when we were short of transport….obviously, with so many U15’s….drivers are limited!!!

Let’s keep up the good work and THANKS!!