I would love to have written about a convincing win against Penn and Tylers Green in our U14 League game at Penn House Park this evening. Sadly not! For some unknown reason virtually the whole team failed to fire giving P & T an easy win. Batting first we only managed 97 runs, about 30 runs short of a respectable total. Many players got a start to their innings but nobody managed a significant score. Only Andy Marris and Sam Hennell, at the end of the innings, looked to attack the bowling but the overs ran out leaving us woefully short.
We have some fine bowlers but for some unknown reason all were off target. At one stage Penn and Tylers had accumulated more extras than runs off the bat. One of the opposition openers won the game virtually single handed scoring 43. A dropped catch helped him in his way. Penn reached their target easily with wickets and overs to spare. This was a game we should have won and I am at a loss as to why we performed so badly.
One bright spot was the excellent fielding of Felix who literally put his body on the line to prevent runs. Well done Felix!
I have just got the feeling back in my feet after a trip, with the U12s, to play a league game at Ballinger. Yet again we were subjected to playing on astroturf, such a shame when our own grass wicket at Winchmore Hill has barely been used. It was also freezing cold with the wind whipping across the ground and nowhere to hide to get away from it. Cars were emptied of coats, blankets and any other item which were used to keep the wintry conditions at bay.
And so to the cricket! We fielded first and despite continuing practice we did not learn from our mistakes at Marlow. The bowling was again wayward and the bigger Ballinger boys took full advantage of this. Once again we were chasing leather round the bumpy, small outfield. Several of our bowlers were severely punished and only Ollie, Brandon and Sophie managed to bowl with some control.
WH were set a total of 156 to chase, a daunting total. It was important that players tried to forge an innings. Chris and Brandon took on the fastest bowler they had faced this season and just when it seemed he would be wicketless Chris was bowled neck and crop! Brandon and Ollie tried to be positive but Ballinger's more accurate bowling was proving difficult to attack. Wickets fell with not many runs being added to the total. The score crept along! Sophie proved difficult to remove and a couple of lusty blows from Tom warmed up the spectators hands but the overs ran out and we had accumulated only 73 runs. The good news was that we did not lose all our wickets, only 7 fell.
Star of the day must be Sam Feltham. Sam's Dad managed to go off to the airport with Sam's cricket kit in his car boot. So resourceful Sam borrowed kit from his younger brothers.....eeeeek! The shirt was not too bad but the half mast cricket trousers were a joy to behold! Was Sam bothered? Not on your life! Look out for the photo.
All hands on deck for our tournament on Sunday 12th July! We need everybody to play a part, no matter how small. Even if you are not available on the day you can provide a raffle prize or some home-made produce for the refreshment stall.
We deliberately keep our subscriptions low so cricket is accessible to all. Our tournament is an opportunity to raise much needed funds to improve facilities.
What can you do on the day? Well, we need umpires (U14s and older), we need team managers to look after our two teams, we need raffle ticket sellers, we need a big gang to make and sell refreshments, we need car park attendants and people who are just available for any job that needs doing. Already the ground preparation and administration are taken care of now we need you and your family to lend a hand. You may only be around for part of the day, that is fine. Any help is good help.
REMEMBER...WE ARE A MEMBERS OWNED AND RUN CLUB. NOBODY GETS PAID FOR THE JOBS THEY DO SO AS A MEMBER WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO PLAY A PART. MANY THANKS.
We will be taking helpers names on Sunday.
Sadly we do not have enough players available for this tournament so I have politely declined the invitation. Thank you to all who replied so promptly.
The U10s played a league game against Chenies and Latimer at Penn House Park in ideal conditions. The sun was shining, the ground looked superb but yet again we only had 9 players. Thomas Wharrier joined the team and played his first match, a welcome addition.
We fielded f irst and had varying success with our bowling. Yet again the wides total featured strongly which was a shame as players had been practising their bowling. However, fortunately Chenies were not very aggressive with their batting and after 20 overs their total was 235, it could and should have been more.
The batting started badly. Chenies bowlers were accurate, particularly their girl players, and wickets tumbled. Things looked gloomy. Daniel and Sam turned the game round scoring eleven fours between them. Alex H and Alex E continued the good work and ultimately the team ended on 275, a convincing victory.
Lucas gets stronger every game, Robbie's bowling is much improved, he now needs to work on his batting. All the Hanrahans featured strongly, Sam led the team confidently in the absence of Flora whilst Bear's bowling was stronger than his batting in this game.
A very pleasant game thanks to the good sportsmanship of Chenies. The win was great but more important was the match experience the players are getting. Well done to all who played.
The U14s had a lesson in aggressive batting from Chesham 'A' at Chesham this evening. Batting first Chesham racked up 182 runs and were were bowled out in the 18th over! Had they continued there is no doubt 200 would have been reached. It all started so well with Adam removing an opener for 0 in the first over. After that there was a regular procession of WH fielders retrieving the ball from the boundary. Yet again the bowling was inconsistent and the Chesham batters took full advantage of the wayward deliveries. Two Chesham players retired on 50 and only Adam and Tilly returned acceptable bowling figures. Tilly cleaned up a Chesham batsman with her very first ball then went on to take two more wickets ending with figures of 3 for 7.
Although getting to 183 was a daunting task it was important that the WH batsmen went about the task sensibly, not throwing their wickets away. It started well but Tom, usually very hard hitting, failed to connect properly and was caught. Adam followed, rather unluckily caught down the leg side, then came the now usual disastrous mix up and run out, Ben being the victim. Sam followed the very next delivery leaving WH teetering on a somewhat pathetic low total. After Alex R failed to trouble the scorers Tom Allen put bat to ball and got the score moving with a terrific 29. Tilly and Alex Gibson rallied at the end of the innings bringing the total up to 100 at the end of 20 overs. A long way short but at least the team was not bowled out!
The Chesham team are unbeaten and you can see why although had we had more early success with ball who knows what would have happened! The Chesham 'tail' was long and vulnerable.