Our U12s only scored a measly 55 runs in our 20 overs against Chalfont St Peter. Our innings was littered with poor shots but fair play to Ch St P they caught and fielded brilliantly. Only Chris (11) and Ollie (14) managed to reach double figures. The next best score was extras with 14!
The only way we could win the game was to bowl and field with great discipline. After 10 overs all looked lost with Ch St P on 35 with only one wicket down. But it all changed when Sophie Hanrahan struck with two wickets in two balls and the team started to believe. The bowling and the fielding became very sharp and more wickets fell and when the 20th over arrived the opposition needed three runs to win. They managed one but two run outs sealed their fate and we had won by one run!!!
Once again the never say die WH attitude came through and credit to all the players who played.
Quote from manager Alex: ' We must work at the basics.' So true!
It was a struggle to find enough players to fulfil this fixture as there were several players unavailable. However, four of our younger, very inexperienced players stepped up to the plate and did the Club proud. We had to field first due to our captain, Flora, having to rush away to a social event. She did, however, play an important part in the win before leaving. Chalfont St Giles accumulated 291 runs in their 20 overs. Our bowling was mixed. Clearly extra practice is needed by some bowlers, we gave away 76 extras......somewhat mind boggling! But we did take three wickets, Flora, Alex Hanrahan and Bear Dunster all taking a wicket. Robbie had an excellent attempt at taking a catch and Sam Richmond behind the stumps had a sound game. Bear's final over proved to be a decisive one only conceding one run. Reaching 292 runs was going to be a challenge. Our girls opened the innings putting 21 on the board. Ch St G also had a problem with extras, also conceding 76! Sam Richmond batted well scoring 17, Bear scored 10 but lost his wicket once and James Quick, Lucas, Charlie and the Hanrahan twins all had promising innings. When the last over arrived we needed just three to win. Chalfont put on their best bowler and sadly on the third ball we lost a wicket so three was increased to nine to win. A bridge too far......no! The bowler lost his control and delivered four wides giving us six runs then followed this up with two no balls, four runs, meaning that we had won by two. Amazing! Well done to all those who played.
Sadly I have had to call the U12 match off as the ground is very wet and, with the prospect of more rain to come, it would not be very pleasant conditions for cricket. The match has, however, been rescheduled for Friday.
Alison will be in touch for your availability. The weather on Friday does look a lot better.
Well done to everyone who made Open Day great! Especial thanks to all the people who made cakes etc, very much appreciated.