Seaford U11s 237-7 lost to Hailsham Hornets U11s 316-2
Seaford Under 11's played their first competitive game of the season against a very strong Hailsham Heat U11s side filled with youngsters who are also representing their county. It was always going to be tough and the result went in favour of the Hailsham side, despite some fine individual performances from the Seaford players.
Captain for the day George won the toss and elected to field on a chilly evening at The Salts. Henry and Adam opened the bowling in tidy fashion followed by George and Charlie after. Runs were hard to come by for the Hailsham side, but it was the bowling of wides that were giving them runs to keep their score ticking over. Frankie produced a solid display as wicket keeper for the first 8 overs and then swapped with Adam who equally did a fine job. Finley and Frankie's bowling was slightly better but the wides kept flowing. The only exception was Frankie's second over where he bowled a wicket maiden. Five of his deliveries saw no runs scored from them and the other delivery he manged to clean bowl one of the Hailsham batsmen, a very tidy over indeed. Elliot wrapped things up with George as the Hailsham team started to find their flow. George bowled a great delivery to bowl one of the Hailsham side out but overall, a good display for their first game but the bowling of so many wides will be something they need to practice on in practice. Hailsham closed on 326 -2 giving them a net score of 316.
The tidy Hailsham team started bowling sprightly with Elliot and Adam picking up a few singles early on. A silly run out cost them dearly as well as losing another wicket as their partnership scored them just +2 runs overall. Sammy and Charlie took to the crease and did well to only get out once between the pair. This resulted in the highest partnership of the day for the Seaford team which saw them score +17 and the scoreboard looking more healthy. Henry and Finley were next up and the loss of two wickets undone their other run scoring shots and lastly Frankie ad George came out to the crease. Frankie played some excellent shots with at least one of them making the boundary and it was unfortunate that George had to retire injured. However, this brought Elliot back to the crease and a flurry of runs at the end was good enough for the Seaford batsmen to finish on a high as the innings closed on 272, but with the loss of seven wickets this meant the net scored finished on 237 for the Seaford team.
Plenty of positives to take from the game and it was good to see the team finally getting some match practice. With six fixtures remaining, it can only be a matter of time before the team clicks together and produces the display the crowd deserves.
Author: Paul Mason