Match Report
Reading Blue Coat School Boys-U12A vs  Aylesbury Grammar School
On: Friday, 17 May 2019
Venue: at Home

RBCS U12A vs Aylesbury Grammar School U12A

RBCS won the toss and elected to bat

RBCS: 161-3 (20 overs) James Isbell 89* (70), Louis Taphouse 41 (51).

AGS: 140-7 (20 overs) Nayan Popat 2-12 (2 overs) Talvin Bhachu 2-19 (3 overs), Louis Taphouse 1-16 (3 overs)

RBCS won by 21 runs

Man of the Match: James Isbell for a superb innings.

A tight match in the end, dominated by four batsmen who between them scored 97% of all the runs in the game (excluding extras). The opposition coach said that he would not retire his batsmen on 30 (as is our own SOP), so James Isbell was allowed a free hand to accumulate a big score and made the most of the opportunity, just missing out on a century before our 20 overs were complete. Louis Taphouse provided excellent support to his skipper, accelerating after a circumspect start to reach a very pleasing 41.

The reason behind the AGS coach's decision not to retire his batsmen quickly became apparent, as their openers Dodds and Holcroft were very skilful and got off to a great start in the AGS chase. The pair reached 96 without loss before Louis Taphouse struck, breaking the partnership with a classic left-armer's inswinger rapping into the pads of Dodds (54). It was from number 3 onward that the opposition batsmen became significantly more limited in their range of shots, and wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals. Some excellent captaincy from the combined minds of Isbell and Agar ensured that we did most of our bowling at the tailenders rather than the remaining opener, who posed the final threat to our victory. Nayan Popat picked up two wickets, as did Talvin Bhachu on his A-team debut. Holcroft, having been fortunate to survive one run-out, was not so lucky the second time, James Webster doing a tidy job in the field to send him back to hutch with 55, effectively confirming our victory.