Lampton Year 7s recently played against Heston in typical English summertime conditions. Wet, Windy and cold. Perfect.
Heston won the toss and elected to bowl. Opening the bowling for Heston was Aman (“oh my sir, he is sick, he plays for Indian gymkhana under 16s!”). He had clearly been released from the ICC champions trophy to play for Heston. But did the pace of his bowling scare Lampton? Yes somewhat. But did it stop them? No way! Opening batsman Karun (7P) and Musab (7S) tried their best to see out the hostile bowling and let Mr Extra take the scoring forward. The 2 openers were dismissed fairly cheaply but this meant that aggressive batsman Pawandeep (7S) was unleashed on Heston’s second string bowlers. He managed to do something almost unheard of in a year 7 game on Lampton Park and ACTUALLY HIT A FOUR!!!!!!!! Pawan continued to make hay through the rain and was eventually dismissed for 24 runs, with the Lampton total at a 56 runs. Prasoon (7L), Arran (7J) and Rajbir (7P) saw out the rest of the overs and Lampton finished on a healthy total of 82 runs.
The Lampton fielders knew if they kept it tight they had a chance of chalking up their first ever win. But it would be no cake walk. Musab and Prasoon opened the bowling and again achieved an amazing feat. They somehow managed to bowl NO WIDES in 4 overs. Amazing, never before seen from Lampton school cricketers. During his 2 overs Prasoon got 3 wickets. One of these wickets was Aman (we’ve met him before (he is sick)). He was clearly a quality batsman and his dismissal was met with jubilation from the Lampton players. With this key wicket the Lampton team thought it would be a good idea to let Heston back into the game. They made up for the no wides in the first 4 by chucking the ball all over the place. Suddenly Heston had made it to their last over and despite losing a few wickets along the way only needed 6 to win.
Up stepped Tarun Sharma (7J) to bowl the final over. The pressure was on….
The coach’s last words to Tarun before he bowled were, “just keep it tight no wides”
Up stepped Tarun….(clearly he had listened to me )
WIDE-WIDE-No Run-WIDE-No Run (Heston require 3 off 4 at this point)- No Run – Run out – 1 run – No Run!
Heston ended on 81-9
Giving Lampton the victory by 1 run
It’s their first win so please big up the boys – Karun,,Musab, Tarun, Pawandeep, Arran (captain), Prasoon, Rajbir, Devan, Puneet, Ansh, Jamie, Sahil, Arjun, Manith