Under 12s hold their nerve to take the plate

Plate winners: Bredon Under 12s
The plate winning Bredon Under 12s team with coach Glenn Buckley. Picture by Mandy Vickridge

On a warm and sunny evening Bredon Under 12s visited Elmley Castle in a local derby for the 2017 plate final of the Under 13s Cotswold Hills League.

The home side won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first.

On a slow-paced wicket offering some variable bounce for the bowlers, Bredon batted with patience and restraint and kept the scoreboard moving by attacking any loose bowling.

Positive running between the wickets was also a feature of the innings, and the visitors finished on 273-2 after 16 overs, a good total considering how well Elmley bowled, conceding only 5 wides during the innings.

The home side found themselves under pressure in the run chase, losing a couple of early wickets and being held back by some tight bowling and excellent fielding.

The final Elmley batting pair needed to score 25 runs for victory, but Bredon held their nerve, bowling four great overs at the death.

A smart run out and a fine catch restricted the home side’s final total to 258-7, Bredon winning by 15 runs.

This was a fine all-round team performance from the Under 12s, and capped a successful season for the team, who have made great progress since May and have won six of their 10 matches played.

Glenn Buckley

Bretforton too strong for Under 12s

Bretforton were too strong for Bredon Under 12s, who fell to a 27-run defeat
Bretforton were too strong for Bredon Under 12s, who fell to a 27-run defeat

Bretforton were too strong for Bredon Under 12s today.

The home side, batting first, posted 247 for seven on a blisteringly hot morning.

But after an unfortunate run of slip-ups, Bredon could only manage 220 for 10 in reply.

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Ups and downs mark busy week for Under 12s

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Bredon Under 12s, pictured after a match earlier this season, have had a week of ups and downs

An update on a busy week for the Under 12s with three matches in the Cotswold Hills Under 13s league.

Last Sunday (June 4) the team visited a strong Elmley Castle side, with the home side coming out on top with a clear 50-run victory.

The Under 12s bounced back well the following Wednesday evening against Ashton-under-Hill when in rain at Hill Close they secured a 15-run victory, chasing down the visitors’ 263-4 with a score of 278, also for the loss of four wickets.

On Sunday,  June 11, the team welcomed Dumbleton Lions to Hill Close, and having asked the visitors to bat first restricted them to 242-6 with their best bowling and fielding performance of the season.

Unfortunately, the batting did not reach the same standards and the loss of nine wickets restricted the score to 240, leaving Bredon just two runs short of their target in a very well contested game between two evenly matched sides.

Glenn Buckley



Under 12s bounce back to win by narrow margin

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Top team: The Under 12s pictured last season. They’re bigger and better now!

Following defeat in their first game of the season, Bredon Under 12s bounced back with a close victory at Alcester and Ragley Park in a low scoring but very exciting game.

Having been asked to bat first in difficult conditions, Bredon scored 245-6 off their 16 overs.

In reply Alcester and Ragley always appeared to be just ahead, and with their final pair coming to the crease needed six runs to win.

However, Bredon’s bowlers reeled off four tight overs, and, backed up by some top-class fielding, two further wickets were taken and the home side fell three runs short on 242-5.

Glenn Buckley

Local press coverage for our Under 12s finalists

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The Evesham Journal report of the Under 12s shield final

Bredon Under 12s’ progress to the Cotswold Hills League shield final was marked by coverage in the local press.

The Evesham Journal carried a large picture-story about the match against Alcester and Ragley, which was played at Evesham Cricket Club.

Unfortunately, the game ended in defeat for Bredon, but just reaching the final was testament to the hard work put in by the boys and their coach, Mark Notley, over the season.

Under 12s edge it in tight all-Bredon semi-final

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The Under 12s came out winners in a tight all-Bredon semi-final

Bredon Under 12s batted first after losing the toss, and enjoyed a great start with Ollie McGrath and Cole Notley hitting 26 off the first four overs with no wicket.

The Under 13s fought back with some tight bowl, taking several quick wickets without giving away too many extras, and putting pressure on the Under 12s, who ended on 262 for 5.

After a quick refreshment (obviously non-alcoholic, apart from Russell) and a team talk it was time for the Under 13s to chase their target.

A great opening over of pace from Isaac Tagg with an early wicket gave the team a confidence boost.

Dylan Simmonds came to the crease with several well-timed cover drives that found the boundary and put the Under 13s back in the driving seat.

Things were getting tense, with the last pair needing 30ish to win.

Reuben Pawley hit two early boundaries, leaving them needing 12 off the last over.

William Wilson was given the task to keep cool and bowl the best six balls of the season.

It went down to the Under 13s needing a six to win off the last delivery.

William kept his cool, bowling a yorker to put the Under 12s into the final.

A great game, right to the last ball, which was a credit to all the boys, who fought so hard. Well done, Bredon boys!

Thanks for all the support from parents, carers and spectators. We would love to see you all on Sunday, July 17 at Evesham when the Under 12s play Alcester in the shield final.

Mark Notley

It’s an all-Bredon semi-final!

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Bredon Under 12s face the club’s Under 13s side at Hill Close

Bredon Cricket Club Under 12s face Bredon Under 13s in the Cotswold Hills League shield semi-final at Hill Close tomorrow evening (Thursday, July 7).

The 16-over match starts at 6pm and is expected to end at about 8pm.

It will be a wonderful evening of junior cricket, and the boys would be delighted to have a good crowd to cheer them on.

Our clubhouse bar is open, and you might even want to bring along a picnic!

First class display from Bredon under 12s

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Fine performance: Bredon under 12s played superbly against Exhall and Wexford

Bredon under 12s put on a first class display away against Exhall and Wexford.

Bredon batted first and scored 303 for two wickets.

Exhall and Wexford were 211 for 16 wickets.

It was an excellent batting, bowling and fielding performance by all eight players.

There was lots of encouragement, and all the players helped each other in what was a great team effort.

They are really taking in the training drills on a Friday night, and learning the skills that are being implemented on match days.

A massive pat on the back to the under 12s team. Well done, lads!

Mark Notley
Under 12s coach