Sports Report: Week ending 24 June 2017
On Saturday all fixtures were against AKS Lytham.
The U15 game counted as a Kukri T20 Cup match and with a final at Old Trafford at stake the pressure was on. Batting first BGSB struggled initially and wickets fell cheaply from usually cool and calm players. With a weak total of 112 set for AKS, it looked like the home team would progress. However, the next 1 1/2 hours saw BGSB cricket at its best. Perfect line and length bowling, tight fielding and excellent tactics piled the pressure on AKS who looked timid. Despite two 6 foot giants in stature BGSB made the opening batsmen feel small. AKS however had time on their hands and slowly crept towards the BGSB total. So, it went to the final over. AKS swung their bats but hit nothing, the final ball could still win it for AKS, but again bat swung, nothing but air as the ball fizzed past. Queue whoops and hollers from the travelling players and spectators. The result puts BGSB in the finals to be played at Old Trafford in September. Well done boys!
The U13s faced AKS at home. AKS won the toss and selected the bat first. At first, this looked like a good decision as by the tenth over AKS were 86-1. However, an outstanding final over from Jozef Gordon put BGSB back on the front foot as he took three wickets for no runs. After that two excellent catches on the boundary by Harry Graham-Scott and Jozef Gordon dismissed the final dangerous partnership and BGSB went onto restrict AKS to 110 runs. With the bat, the U13s never looked in trouble as they reached the total with 5 overs to spare. Harry Graham-Scott was the top scorer with 44 not out. Well done to the U13s who have gone the whole season unbeaten in Saturday fixtures.
The U12s played away in Lytham looking to bounce back from their defeat to Kirkham Grammar School the previous week. BGSB batted first amassing almost 100 from their 20 overs. A much better batting performance than last week with AKS also gifting the away team a good number of extras. With the ball, a number of players took wickets and sharp fielding restricted the run rate. AKS found themselves running out of batsmen but last pair did stand until 20 overs but were 10 short of the BGSB total giving the U12s the victory.