U11s Almost Sneak A First Win

Seaford Under 11's softball team travelled to Firle in the blistering sunshine and enjoyed a game of cricket at one of the most picturesque grounds in the County but Seaford were unable to secure their first victory of the season. Skipper for the day Elliot won the toss and elected to field first stating he liked having a total to chase. The bowlers started well restricting Firle to a low amount of runs with some great bowling and intelligent fielding. In the 6th over Finley produced an early bit of magic with a spectacular caught and bowled as the first wicket fell. Henry's second over saw one of the Firle batsmen caught behind by Frank and spirits were up as Elliot caught another out in the deep off Frank's bowling. Clever fielding saw a Blake run out restrict the Firle players further and overall the bowling and fielding by all of the Seaford players was of a very high standard. Firle finished with 304 runs on the board but by losing 5 wickets closed on 279 with Elliot the pick of the bowlers conceding just 6 runs from his two overs. In response. Seaford were looking for a positive start and found it with Elliot and Daniel combining well and scoring 11 runs off the first over. Four wickets fell for this partnership over the next three overs which made Seaford slip behind the run rate. Blake and Frank's partnership was steady as Blake raced to his season best score of 14 and more importantly, didn't get out. At the half way stage the scores were looking even and with Finley and Sammy coming to the crease they were feeling positive. This partnership found runs hard to come by and although they only lost one wicket (the third run out of the innings), left the final partnership a target of 33 runs to win. 23 runs between Elliot and Henry off their first three overs gave Seaford hope. Would they be able to go on and secure their first victory? The team of travelling supporters certainly thought so. As they entered the last over, a combination of four no-balls, Henry being caught way out on the boundary and Elliot smashing seven runs certainly added to the entertainment. But it was two more run outs in the final over which proved to be the turning point as Seaford fell short of their opponents total. Seaford outscored Firle scoring 314 runs, but it was the nine wickets that fell, including five run outs that proved costly as Seaford closed on 269, ten short of Firle. A blinding game of cricket for players and supporters alike was the winner as Seaford entertain Bexhill next Sunday in their final game of the season, still searching for that elusive victory. 

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