Under 15's Finally Startby Vince Reddick
After 3 postponed games due to the weather, it was fourth time lucky for the Under 15's at home to Sandford on Wednesday 16th May. It was a late start owing to an over running school game, and Captain James Vanstone won the toss and wisely chose to bat to maximise the light.
We opened with the untried paring of Vanstone and Paddy Poustie who added a creditable 36 in good time before the Skipper fell to Kieran Vinnicombe who was the pick of the Sandford bowlers. Paddy was joined by Jamie Telford and the pair added another 37 runs, again quickly, before Jamie was run out pushing for one too many.
Paddy was still going strong and employing his full repertoire of innovative shots and retired not out on 53 having hit 9 fours to a sizeable boundary for the age group.
Matt Marsh, playing his first game of the season, made a very good 22 before falling near the end of the innings, and with Sam Turner 10 not out, the Under 15's finished on 143 for 5.
Our opening bowlers made a very good start and August Aalto bowled with very useful pace and accuracy and claimed 1 for 13 from his 4 overs, but bowled much better than those figures would suggest. A similar return from Dom Gaywood also helped to ensure that Sandford fell well behind the required run rate. As the light failed due to the late start, the spinners were employed in an effort to get the game finished safely. Ben Howkins (1 for 27) and Sam Turner (1 for 20) did a good job as Sandford at least made some effort to push the scoreboard on.
It was all too little too late as Sandford finished on 117 for 4 and left Exeter victorious by 26 runs. A good start which we will look to carry into our rearranged game against Bovey Tracey in the ECB cup on Friday 18th at Stover School.