The glorious summer of thrilling sport continued on Sunday 1 July as Falklands U9s took to the field against Hungerford CC U9s.
A huge crowd had amassed on this sweltering morning, as Hungerford won the toss and chose to bat first.
Their top order did well to keep the Falkland attack at bay, picking up runs where they could and hitting the odd loose delivery to the boundary. The knowledgeable crowd were on good form too with plenty of cheers and applause followed by comments of 'good cricket all round'.
The fantastic support spurred both teams on as Falkland's fielders found another gear. There were wonderful boundary saving slides, a ridiculously good run-out, daring stops and a blindingly good one-handed diving catch that got the whole crowd and players applauding. With fielding like that, Hungerford could be pleased with their total of 94 at the break.
Falkland started their innings well with a new opening pair finding some early form and running well together. It was then the turn of the Falkland middle and lower order to continue scoring, which they did brilliantly well. And to cap it all, after some helpful coaching advice about not trying to hit every ball for six, our first six of the season was spanked into the crowd as they dived for cover. Falkland finished on 124, having scored their highest total off the bat this season... worthy winners.
A good match, played in a great spirit between the two teams. But the support from the boundary capped it off for the players who rightly gave the crowd a massive round of applause at the end.
Champagne moment: Theo's diving one-handed catch
Updated 16:57 - 1 Jul 2018 by Ollie Smith
Match player of the day: Jack W