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U11 Falcons edge Bradford in cup thriller

4 months ago By Paul Johnson

Pairs contest comes down to final ball

Corsham U11 Falcons edged a dramatic contest with Bradford-on-Avon to progress in the Bath & District U11 cup.

Powerful leg-side hitting from William Peach got Corsham off to a solid start batting first in the eight-a-side pairs competition. Wicketkeeper-batsman Ollie Dickinson excelled later in the innings with a number of crunching boundaries as he and partner Alfie Johnson put on 48-2 in their four overs in the middle. Last-minute stand-in Elspeth Starks helped Corsham reach a challenging total as she kept her wicket intact and rotated the strike so captain Harry Brain could hit some of his trademark elegant drives. Falcons eventually finished on 126-6 from their 16 overs (adjusted to 296 under the competition's pairs rules).

Bradford-on-Avon began their reply in fine style and, at the halfway point, were ahead of the required rate. Tight bowling, smart ground-fielding and a spectacular catch from Ollie behind the stumps pegged their opponents back and Falcons were back in the driving seat going into the final four overs.

That was when Bradford's county-U11 allrounder came to the crease and changed the game again. He hit a series of boundaries including a colossal six to put his side back in front. However, a late wicket from Alfie Johnson helped keep Falcons in the contest and, going into the final over, the match was finely poised with Bradford needing 10 to win.

Left-arm quick William Goymer faced the daunting task of bowling to Bradford's star batsman. Under pressure, he managed to keep a tight line and Bradford were left needing four off the final ball. Again, Will delivered a good ball that was squeezed only as far as mid-on. With the batsmen running regardless, Mikey Starks kept his head to execute a cool run-out. Bradford ended on 108-4 (adjusted to 288).

Falcons now look forward to a meeting with Chippenham I in the next round of the competition.

Updated 09:47 - 25 Jun 2017 by John Gale

Where next?

Attention ladies (aged 14 and over)! Training for Soft Ball cricket is coming!
Corsham open defence of their 'Wiltshire Wallop' title First match at Biddestone on Thursday 8th June (weather permitting!)

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