Waggoners host series with touring Zimbabwe youngsters
African country’s U12 academy set to play several matches across South Bucks in August
Brent and Zimbabwe’s leading fielding and fitness coach Sean Bell.
“This is an amazing opportunity for our U12 side to showcase their talents at our amazing ground, and a chance for us to welcome spectators to watch quality cricket and utilise our great new clubhouse,” said Ballinger U12 manager Stephen Conway.
“It is a great reflection on the quality of cricket played throughout Bucks that we can attract teams from other countries such as Zimbabwe, with them travelling over 5,000 miles. It is great to know our reputation can reach across the globe.”
The news was not so good for Ballinger’s first team, whose Mid Bucks Premier title challenge faded further with a 32-run defeat to Downley.
Will Reid just missed out on a hattrick but claimed two wickets in successive balls on his way to 4-39, but a late blast, which saw Downley recover from 129-8 to 166 all out, cost Ballinger in the end.
Ian Davies, in his last game before getting married, did his best to plug a Ballinger collapse with a knock of 24, which made him joint top scorer on the day with Danny Draper, but he was ninth man out and Ballinger were soon all out for 134.
Ballinger Waggoners U12s (above) will face the Zimbabwe U12 Academy (below) next month