Opening Day Defeat but Youngsters Shine
A fine century from Alder's youngster Naylor won the game but S&B's young guns show that our plan for the 3rds will surely pay off.
Alan Green's 3rd team couldn't force a win on the opening weekend, but the revitalised 3rd team started as it means to go on, with an attacking outlook and a willingness to give our promising juniors every opportunity.
Batting first, openers Ed Baybutt and Callum Scott delivered the steady start that the captain had requested, although both were to lose their wickets as they looked to accelerate. The remainder of the innings was dominated by a fine knock by U15 Sam Regan, hitting 65 of 89 balls. His total would surely have been worth more had the outfield been quicker.
Green declared on 45 overs to set a sporting total for Alder to go for after tea.
the 3rds bowling challenge suffered an early blow as Regan had to be removed from the attack for unfortunately bowling two head hight balls (the increasing cold in the late afternoon possibly a factor here).
This meant that the returning Pip Sumner had to return to bowling duties much earlier than planned (and for much longer) and also that the youngsters had to face some real responsibilities rather than ease their way into senior cricket.
U15 Tobias Lea already has some 3rd team experience and picked up two early wickets, whilst U13 players Thomas Crew and Matthew Hennessy provided a really encouraging start, as both showed maturity and control on their debuts. Both were somewhat unfortunate not to see a return for their efforts.
Despite the loss of early wickets, Alder's Liam Naylor was an assured presence, and once he was paired with Keogh, they calmly plotted a course to victory. On reflection, S&B's depleted attack did well to take the game into the last hour.
Despite the loss, the game showed that supporters of the third team can look forward to some entertaining Sundays ahead, whilst also getting a feeling that the long-term future of the club is being well nurtured.