A superb all-round display helped Corsham's U11 Falcons team to a comfortable win over Chippenham in the quarter-finals of the Bath & District U11 Cup.
Captain Harry Brain's decision to ask Chippenham to bat proved a smart move as his bowlers gave nothing away and restricted their opponents to just two boundaries in their 16 overs. Chippenham batted conservatively throughout, favouring preservation of wickets over rapid scoring. Even so, an unplayable delivery from seamer Archie Humphries and a sharp throw from William Peach fielding in the deep bagged two wickets for Falcons, who finished on 57-2 (adjusted to 247 under pairs rules).
The result was never in doubt once openers William Goymer and William Peach put on 28 in the first four overs of the Falcons reply. Second pair Ollie Dickinson and Finlay Simmons matched that start with another 28 to put Corsham into the lead at the half-way point of the team's innings. Only a freak series of dismissals and a complete batting meltdown could spoil the party.
With almost total freedom to attack, Alfie Johnson and Charlie Skiggs lifted the run-rate further with good shot placement and smart running between the wickets and last pair Harry Brain and Archie finished the job by smashing 34, including three successive fours back past the bowler from Harry. Falcons closed on 125-1 (adjusted to 320) to ease into the semi-final.
This latest comfortable win was a far cry from last week's last-ball thriller against Bradford-on-Avon
Updated 22:15 - 15 Jun 2017 by Paul Johnson