Folkestone CC Match Report

Match Date: Friday 1st August 2014 18:00
Deal Victoria and Barnes Close U11 vs Folkestone U11
Saxon Shore League - U11 Cup Final
Report by: Chris Joblin

Deal Victoria U11 199 for 13 of 20 overs
Folkestone U11 357 for 2 of 20 overs
Folkestone U11 win by 158 runs


The Folkestone U11 team secured the Saxon Shore league & cup double by lifting the league cup with a typically convincing win at Deal Victoria on Friday night.  In this pairs form of cricket, the team starts on 200 runs and each pair bats for 5 overs, losing 5 runs for each wicket falling.

Deal batted first, and a few lusty blows from opener Wadhams, helped Deal to add to their run total. However, this all changed with the introduction of 7 year old Olly Jones, who took 3 wickets, all clean bowled, in the 4th over. Wickets fell regularly thereafter, with Jones taking 4, Harry Joblin taking 2, with Henry Green, Benjie Nieuboudt, Noah White & Harry Stafford taking one wicket apiece. Joblin strained a groin and had to be replaced by Keiron Nieuboudt for a few overs while he recovered. As has often been the case this season, the Folkestone fielding was excellent, with Noah White taking a great catch in the deep to dismiss the dangerous looking Green who made 8, as Deal finished with 199.

The Folkestone reply started in a positive manner, being helped by an assortment of wides and no-balls, with Edward Clapham (19) being the major contributor in an opening partnership of 44 with White. Benjie Nieuboudt (11) & Louis Smith (13) also made significant contributions, and it was left to Harry Stafford with a hard hit 29 to take the score on to an impressive 357, as they won by 158 runs. However, Harry Joblin was clean bowled in the near darkness with the last ball of the season which was somewhat of an anti-climax in what has been an excellent unbeaten season for the team.

The  greatest success for the team this season really has been the way the team have supported each other. Each boy has made significant contributions, and while the team has been largely settled, on occasion other boys such as Brad Godden, and George Burton have come in to the team and played their part. As mentioned earlier in the report, the fielding has been excellent, and in no match has the opposition got within 50 runs of Folkestone, which is a good indicator of their dominance.

Many of the team will now move up to under 13 cricket, but the likes of Henry Green, Keiron Nieuboudt & Olly Jones will form a strong nucleus of next years under 11 team. None of this would be possible of course without parental support, and particularly coach Dave Stafford, who has helped many of the boys achieve their full potential.