Braintree U11 v Witham
Braintree's Mini Dolphins made the short trip to Witham on Monday on the back of a 3 game winning run and having defeated their opponents earlier in the season so were full of confidence.
The weather was set fair and having lost the toss Braintree were asked to bat and, on an artificial surface, openers Will Sherry and Joe Chaplin got off to a solid start with Chaplin in particular hitting 2 brutal straight 4's. However Witham fought back in the last 2 overs of the 4 and both Sherry (C&B) and Chaplin (Bowled) lost their wicket to leave Braintree on 208 after the first set of overs, a fair way short of what we have come to expect from these two having had a prolific start to the season.
The next 2 pairs found runs difficult to come by against a very miserly Witham attack who didn't bowl a wide until the 7th over and then only 3, along with 1 no ball, for the entire innings. I would doubt we will see that kind of accuracy again this year! 3 wickets fell in the next 8 overs with just 13 runs scored so when Jake Lee and Luke Huckson came to the crease the score was just 206 with 4 overs to go. They made a good go of getting the score up and managed 15 runs between then but a wicket in the last over meant Braintree had posted just 216 - by far their lowest total of the season. As mentioned earlier this was very much down to the quality of the bowling from Witham rather than poor batting on Braintree's side.
A good start was needed and Braintree were equally tight with their bowling but despite an excellent caught and bowled by Lucas Hale to claim a wicket in the 2nd over, Witham got their noses in from with 221 scored by the first pair.
George Wedge and Harry Macklin then took a wicket each in their spell to restrict Witham to just 6 runs in the second 4 but 20 came off of the third set, bowled by Joe Chaplin and Aaron Poulter, to leave a mountain to climb in the final 4. Luke Huckson bowled with good pace and managed to take 1 wicket with Will Sherry taking another but it wasn't to be, although along with Hale, they restricted their opponents to just 1 run in the final 4.
A defeat yes but another good bowling performance to give them something to take away. Braintree's next outing is on Thursday as they entertain Sudbury at St Peters Road
Back Row: Lucas Hale, Joe Chaplin, Luke Huckson, Jake Lee
Front Row: Harry Macklin, Will Sherry (c), George Wedge, Aaron Pulter