A stunning morning greeted the teams as both West Ilsley and the Falkland Cavaliers arrived ready to do battle.
West Ilsley won the toss and chose to bowl first, taking full advantage of a green wicket. Having worked hard at their running between the wickets during the week, the Cavaliers were well prepared to lay down a strong total.
The opening over was tight, with just a single leg-bye scored, but soon the openers were into their stride and sent a number searing shots across the fast outfield to the boundary.
Soon it was the turn of the middle and lower order to keep the scorers employed with some excellent quick singles coupled with the odd biff and boff to the boundary. West Ilsley found it difficult to take wickets and the Cavaliers had capitalised, getting to a massive 302-3 at the change of innings.
The West Ilsley top order weren't daunted by the huge total and put some uncharacteristically wayward bowling from the Cavaliers to the sword. With the bowling big guns misfiring, the opposition were up with the run rate and looking strong, but then in came the Cavalier foot soldiers. They bowled tightly and fielded with passion, giving their all to save runs - an amazing chase and diving stop from Adam saved a certain four and was the turning point in the innings. Inspired by Adam's heroics the Cavaliers closed out the innings, taking a clutch of wickets, restricting West Ilsley to 272 for 6 and taking the match by 30 runs.
With over 200 runs scored it was a fantastic battle. Onward the Cavaliers march, while the coach fails once again getting the match report into the U11 boys section of the website!
Champagne moment - Adam's boundary saving slide
Match player of the day - Ollie Smith for his energy and commitment in the field.
Updated 20:08 - 12 May 2019 by Ollie Smith