On Wednesday 1st July a Yarlet combined XI travelled to Shrewsbury to face Prestfelde.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first Yarlet made a good start. In the early exchanges the opening pair of Will Warwick and Gabriel Korylco-Bowers grafted well on what was a surprisingly slow wicket. However, the boys soon hit their stride and were looking very assured at the crease, getting Yarlet to 29 before Korylco-Bowers hit a low full-toss to cover and fell for 14. Next in strode U11 captain Jack Farrington who looked assured and confident at the crease, hitting the Presfelde opener for a nice four through the covers. Unfortunately Farrington then succumbed to an excellent delivery and was bowled for 5. Next in was Harrison Hardy-Smith who from the start of his innings was looking in very good form, timing the ball well. With the partnership between Warwick and Hardy-Smith came Yarlet's strongest batting; with excellent running between the wickets and some confident stroke-play the pair put on 62 for the third wicket, with Captain Warwick unfortunately falling in the final over (being caught on the boundary at long on). The Yarlet innings finishing on a very respectable 97 for 3 after their twenty overs.
Prestfelde began their innings with very clear intentions; try to dominate the bowlers and score the 98 required quickly. Despite some very good bowling from opener Korylco-Bowers (2 for 14 off 4) and with a small amount of good fortune, the Prestfelde batsmen were scoring at a good rate. However the Yarlet bowlers continued to make life difficult for the Prestfelde batsmen, with Will Warwick taking 3 wicket for 28 runs; and there was some very good hands in the field (with two catches from Jacob Raine and a further catch from Oscar Mitchell).
Despite their best effort Prestfelde reached the 98 runs required for the loss of 5 wickets. This was a solid showing against a very strong side and the boys should be very confident ahead of the annual fathers' match on 10th July; an event to which all here at Yarlet are looking forward.