Cricket: Debutant 12 year old stars for Bray
Posted on July 19, 2011
Parkes 4-20 and Skipper's 90 proves not enough
Twelve-year-old Connor Parkes starred for Eaton Bray's Sunday XI taking four wickets in his first game for the men's team.
Connor joined the club's junior coaching sessions at its open day back in April and has impressed all season, earning himself a place in the side against Soulbury CC.
Turning up, seeing Peacock making teas and rain coming down, Soulbury must have been worried and slightly confused, when electing to bat first! The game was reduced to 35 overs a side and Bray fielded superbly, restricting Soulbury to 161-8 declared. Club veteran Georgie Coughtrey weighed in with 3 wickets but with figures of 4-20 in five overs, Parkes' leg-spin proved a bigger handful for the visitors, his first wicket coming with only his third ball - a sharp stumping by Matt Ringsell off dangerman Jenner. Celebrations weren't short lived either as Connor ripped through Soulbury's middle order.
Unfortunately, Bray weren't able to capitalise on their young star's success though, losing by 29 runs as they were bowled out for 131, despite Josh Peacock scoring 90. Martin French weighed in with 4 wickets and Bowles 3 for the visitors. All in all, an exciting game for anyone to watch and we're all hopeful that a certain 12 year old is available this coming Sunday!
- Result: SOULBURY - 1st XI Won by 30 runs
- Date: Sun 17th Jul 2011
- Start Time: 14:30
- Ground: The Rye Gardens
- Type: Friendly
- Scoring: Standard
- Toss: SOULBURY - 1st XI won the toss and decided to bat
- Highlights: C Parkes 4-20, G Coughtrey 3-21, J Peacock 90, S Bowles 3-17, M French 4-27
Source: Eaton Bray Cricket Club
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