At 7.30 this morning it was fairly miserable. It was drizzling and dull. I was confident though that the weather would improve and provide us with a rain free day. For once I was right! Clearly reading the seaweed and praying is better than trusting weather forecasts.
Teams arrived promptly and by 9.30 we were ready play. Or nearly ready.......Winchmore Hill players were late but that's another story! Games started and continued apace and WH U10s won their first game, unparalleled joy! Joy became frustration when they narrowly lost their second game. The U9s lost their first three games but won their fourth game bringing scenes of great delight. Meanwhile the U10s demolished Chalfont St Giles and finished at the top of their section on goal difference from Amersham. We were in the semi-finals! The U9s did not qualify but were content glow in the euphoria of their one section game win.
We were paired in the semis against Chesham.....yes, the team that gave us a complete spanking a week or so ago. But WH were on a roll.
Chesham took an early advantage but they had not bargained for the skill and guile of our brave team. We beat them, and, yes we were surprised, but with our team's confidence growing by the minute we started to feel invincible. Who were we to meet in the final? Uh, oh, it was our old adversary Beaconsfield.
It was overheard in the crowd that we were 'easy'.This was enough to spur the team on to even greater effort and their play in the final was superb. There was no panic when our bowlers were hit for sixes. The bowling tightened and the total we had to chase was well within our grasp. We needed 17 from the last two overs, a stiff task. Alex Lee and Henry Bakkes took control, Beaconsfield panicked. There were wild throws and big sixes and with most of an over to go we were seven ahead. Lose no wickets and the tropy was ours. Alex played perfect defence and we were there. Winners! Cue wild celebration from players and spectators alike. Crest fallen Beaconsfield players.
The taste of success has been a long time coming this season but when it arrived it was sweet. I am so proud of all our players, both U9 and U10. The U10s received the trophy from Stuart and well deserved it was.
Teams: U9s Libby Bakkes, Ed Reyner, James Hanrahan, Daniel Hanrahan, Emma Hickman,Sam Richmond. U10s: Henry Bakkes, Alex Lee, Alex Hanrahan, Tom Mahoney, Lewin Mullarkey, Will Nettelfield.
Of course there were many other people who contributed to a fantastic day. It would take me too long to list them all but you know who you are and THANK YOU! A special thank you to Andrew Richmond who was the perfect gentleman providing me with tea and coffee throughout the day, made by himself!