Winning the toss and electing to bat the Dons made a disastrous start with Harry Thistlethwayte run out without facing a ball in the first over. It soon became evident that it was going to be a difficult wicket to bat on, with a low bounce causing wickets to tumble. The Portsmouth seamer, Joe Kooner-Evans, taking 5 wickets, as theU15 collapsed to 85 at the end of their innings in the 17th over. However, 85 was only achieved through a, had to be seen to believed innings, by Jack Thistlethwayte, who scored 40 including 3 sixes and 5 fours. Not forgetting Jamie Houlberg who made the tail wag a little with a rapid 14.
The Portsmouth innings was also soon in trouble with Will Hardman taking an early wicket, and further wickets fell. But while Joe Kooner-Evans was at the crease the Portsmouth team always looked favourites to take the match. Following Joe’s retirement the home side needed 14 runs off 3 overs to win with 4 wickets in hand. The skipper came back on and produced a wicket maiden. This was followed by an over by Will Hardman, who took 2 wickets for 2 runs, and finally Louis Matovu took the win for the young Dons with a wicket in the final over. A great competitive game.