Parents vs Kids
In what turned out to be an extreme fit of hubris, the parents opted to bat first. The folly of this was soon revealed as when Arjun took two wickets in his over. Some more urgency in the later part of the innings (including an all run six, and a stunning hook shot by Victoria off her own son's intimidatory bowling) stuttered the score up to 27 off the full allocation of eight overs. Amongst the scorebook entries was the (probably) unique "Walker caught Walker, bowled Walker", but the kids could be proud of some disciplined bowling - especially from Ellis, Jake and Marie-Alix. Joseph and Arjun opened for the kids and they showed good intent, taking the runs on offer and running quickly between the wickets. Later contributions from Alasdair and Louis-Gabriel left the last pair with three runs to make off the last over of the match. Amidst much excitement Leopold and Ellis managed to put bat to ball enough times for the kids to run out worthy winners.
Lads vs Dads
Modern living means multiple commitments on a Saturday in late September. This is how regular wicket keeper Stanislas and all rounder Joshua had to leave within 40 minutes of the start of Saturday's Dads vs Lads match. As a result they found themselves guest openers for the Dads and duly responded by scoring at better a run a ball in a stand of 35 for the first wicket. With Matt Curtin departing to an excellent low catch at midwicket from Benoit, the first of two wickets for Louis-Gabriel, it was left to Philippe Cothier to prevent a complete batting collapse. Alix Bégin and David Bradbury added some late runs to a score of 77 in 14 overs that the Dads were confident they would be able to defend, once fortified by the the amazing brownies that Elisabeth had baked that morning. What they hadn't counted on was the resolution of opening bat Sam and the enterprising stroke play of Nick, who made the highest individual score of the day. Together they powered the Lads past the Dads' score after Alexander and Jean had fallen in the cause of lifting the already excellent run rate. With the senior team playing away, the lads batted on until they were all out, although one fielder could only be seen in the far distance at what was technically deep cover point, but was in reality only a few short strides from the remaining brownies. It took a full 25 overs to bowl the lads out as even some rusty seamers from your correspondent were not enough to dislodge some resolute batting from the lower order, especially Alasdair. Even more impressively, one of the batting stars from last week's practice match, Jean-Baptiste, was not even required to bat while the result was in question. There was just time for Alix to take his first ever wicket, courtesy of a stunning catch from substitute fielder Nick at point, before the 2019 junior season drew to a blustery close.
The next junior cricket event is the Morangis indoor tournament later in the winter.