Under-13s run into early trouble but recover well to continue title push

Rastrick Under 13s got back to winning ways in spite of an erratic performance at Thurstonland.

Batting first in difficult conditions, Rastrick got a poor start as both openers fell cheaply.

A combination of poor calling, no backing up and a lack of urgency running between the wickets almost cost Rastrick dearly as there were three nededless run-outs.

With the top six batsman all out for low scores, the rescue mission began with Sam Sangha, who is starting to return to some of his best form.

He struck some nice boundaries before being adjudged lbw for 21.

The momentum was maintained by Jemima Wood, who hit a typically aggressive 22 and had a good last wicket partnership with Louis Wood (7 not out).

Rastrick finished on a competitive 101 all out but were disappointed to be bowled out with two overs remaining.

In reply, Thurstonland lost a wicket in Max Swann’s first over, with Sam Shaw completing the catch.

Thurstonland then benefitted from a number of extras and moved to 48 for two at the half way stage, to leave the game well poised.

However, as soon as Jas Sangha bowled opener Billington for 21, Rastrick began to take command.

Sangha struck again in the same over and Swann then struck twice in the next over, helped by a catch from Alex Bracher. Wood struck immediately afterwards, with Sam Shaw taking a fine diving catch in the covers.

The last six Thurstonland batsmen were dismissed for ducks as Callum Croughan mopped up the tail with two wickets. The innings fizzled out to 52 all out, with seven wickets falling in four overs.

Swann was pick of the bowlers with 3-3 as Rastrick continue to push for honours.