27 Jun 2018
Final match report

Northwood

121/7 McIntosh 22(38) Grace 23(26) Chislett 38*(28) Pearce 14(15)
Randburg 79/6 Parry 3-1/7 Ohlsson 3-2/10 Jonker 1-2/4

Northwood won

Today saw the end of our tour to Nelspruit and the Penryn u/14 festival. We had a fixture vs. Randburg and the very picturesque field at Uplands college.

We lost the toss and got asked to bowl first. Scott Parry and Adam Chislett were brilliant upfront again to squeeze the batting and not allow them to score in the power play, this created pressure
and wickets followed. All the bowlers bowled to their plans and to the field set by Adam and I must again commend the boys on their buy in of the plan and the effort to apply it. Unfortunately today the fatigue and tiredness hit the boys and they were slightly flatter and sluggish in the field today, resulting in a couple drop catches, but their ‘want’ was excellent and the effort never died even though they looked tired they did a great job to restrict the opposition to under 80 in the 20 overs. David Ohlsson was my fielder of the tournament for this team, he chased every ball to the boundary and or around the boundary, he raced every other player to the ball, even when he wasn’t near it. His energy was contagious and you could see it on how the other guys also started to compete, Jason Pearce, Alex Jonker and Saurav Matai also stood out, and I must say every other team member raised their fielding standards tremendously.

The batters went about their business accordingly today, and again with that fatigue factor present, we were a little slow and started to create some pressure for ourselves. Ethan Grace put his foot down in a good partnership with Adam Chislett and got the momentum back for us, Adam and Jason Pearce then kicked on and got us moving nicely towards the target until Jason Pearce fell to a top caught and bowled. Warrick Adams and David Ohlsson joined Adam respectively and the running between the wickets was brilliant and with some big blows from Adam we managed to put a good total on the board.

The day ended in one last win for us here in Nelspruit, but it wouldn’t have been complete with some magic from Adam, throwing the ball to Kaden and to Alex to bowl the last 2 overs of the game, Kaden bowled a solid over and then the magic of Alex, his first ball was a massive wide, but as I said before about how these boys have learned to understand bounce back factor and to support one another and encourage each other, we saw Alex come back and pick up 2 wickets for 4 runs in his 6 balls, what a send off for the young man as he sadly moves on from Northwood and this was his last game as a Knight. He showed what it meant to him to be part of the Knighthood and he will always be part of these guys. We bid him the best of luck in his future endeavors and school career.

To the rest, I hope you have a wonderful holiday and we thank you for the memories and quality cricket.