Another heart stopper!

Oh boy! WH teams have been involved in some nail biting finishes this season and for once our team finished as victors.

The game was the U11s final league game of the season at home against Marlow. For once we were more worried about keeping our players cool than warming them up or keeping them dry! Sadly James A  succumbed to the sweltering conditions so WH was left with nine to wage battle.

Sam lost the toss but was pleased we were fielding first. The bowling was distinctly straighter leading to few runs being scored and five wickets being taken. Daniel H was on a hattrick as was Oliver Marshall. There was a couple of very good catches taken and if it had not been for Marlow's last pair the total would have been far less than the final 279.   

Having rehydrated WH set about overhauling Marlow's total. The reply did not start well! The stumps were clattered on the very first ball of the innings. Still, a great recovery, particularly by Alex Egan, put the team well in the positive by the end of the first four overs. We edged along steadily losing a wicket here and there but still scoring runs. It would not have been WH without a couple of run outs. Both were as a result of direct hits from the fielders but both batsmen would have been safe with more positive running and sliding the bat well over the line, instead of stopping.

The match hinged on the performance of the last pair, captain Sam and U8 player Ethan. Sam did not disappoint! Not only did he score important runs but he guided Ethan through the remaining balls. It was not the most convincing shot that won the game on the very last ball but who cares! The ball was edged through the gully region and the two runs required were easily taken. A great win!

Thank you U11s for testing my heart again!

 

 

19th July 2016 Posted by Glynis Culley

PLEASE NOTE

This Friday will be the last team coaching for the Juniors. Members then may use the net at any time as long as they are supervised by a responsible adult.

Sunday morning coaching will continue throughout August.

This Friday's coaching may well be accompanied by music from the Penn Festival! The fields surrounding the cricket club are used. Cricket to music!

 

18th July 2016 Posted by Glynis Culley

Not in our league!

 The U10s finished their league season playing Cookham Dean at home. It was a bit of a mis-match with Cookham fielding County players and WH giving all our new young players match time. The game also saw the debut of six year old Spencer Wright.

Batting first Cookham piled on the runs and exceeded 300 thanks again to the generosity of the WH bowlers and some rather ordinary fielding. The WH players are having to learn lessons fast. Bad bowling and fielding is punished.

Alex and Toby opened the innings for WH and set a solid foundation. Sadly the innings did not progress much. As soon as runs were scored wickets fell and it was a minor miracle that our final score just crept above 200. 

The result was not important. What was important was that our players are getting valuable match practice and the sun shone. 🌞

17th July 2016 Posted by Glynis Culley

Coaching resumes this Sunday

 After the fine effort of last week's tournament coaching resumes this Sunday. We also have an U 10 league game against Cookham Dean starting at 10 am.

The last league game is next Tuesday for our U11s v Marlow.

Sunday morning coaching continues to the end of August but organised Friday coaching ceases.

Players are very welcome to use the net at any time as long as they are supervised by an adult.

16th July 2016 Posted by Glynis Culley

Brave effort!

The U10s played away at Beaconsfield in their penultimate league game. With so many players on holiday it was necessary for our under age players and players new to hard ball to take to the stage. It was tough! We bowled first and sadly our inaccuracy was telling giving away 66runs in wides and no balls. Not many runs were scored off the bat and there was some excellent work behind the stumps by Alex. But Beaconsfield's final total of 297 was always going to be a challenging total to chase. And so it proved. Alex hit some lusty blows but no-one else really got going and just when the score looked like it was moving forward a wicket fell. Our final total of 240 just showed the gulf between the teams. It was part of a learning curve for many of our players and for others a case of practice makes perfect.

15th July 2016 Posted by Glynis Culley

Bit of drizzle but match still on tonight

There is a band of light drizzle passing through but the forecast suggests that there will be no more rain this evening. So unless conditions change dramatically the U10 game is still on. I will post a message on this site and email parents if the situation changes.

15th July 2016 Posted by Glynis Culley

The self-destruct button is pressed

Oh boy! The U13s are a talented bunch but after this evening's implosion at Burnham those watching were left wondering. Burnham batted first and their final total would have been a paltry 57 but for a generous helping of 29 extras from WH. All the bowlers were guilty, we just cannot seem to bowl straight(ish). Scoring 86 was well within our grasp. Burnham's bowling was steady but not in the least frightening but batter after batter got themselves out with very ugly strokes. The old adage play straight was forgotten and stumps were clattered time and time again. There was little resistance and the final wicket fell on just 51 runs. A sad end to this season's league matches. Players need to take on board what they are told when coached and then put it into practice out in the middle. It will all come good .....eventually! 😉

14th July 2016 Posted by Glynis Culley

Super eight!

 We only had eight players but WH U11s managed to snatch a win against Amersham in a dramatic last over. We batted first and accumulated 285 runs. Apart from a silly run out we largely kept the Amersham bowlers at bay. Sam and James A  had to face some accurate bowling at the end of the innings but defended well. Earlier on Bear and Alex had got the innings off to a solid start.

Our bowling was good in parts but it was our fielding which proved a deciding factor in the match. With only eight fielders there were plenty of gaps but this seemed to spur WH into a greater effort. There were three run outs and a great stumping by Sam. The girls stopped everything. Well done Libby, Alex and Maya. James A and Oliver combined twice to execute great run outs. It came to the last over with Amersham needing eight to win. James A held his nerve denying Amersham the runs and running out the last batsman on the very last ball. It was a great seven run win.

13th July 2016 Posted by Glynis Culley

U11 game still on...atm

13th July 2016 Posted by Glynis Culley

Well done everybody!

I am so proud of all the Winchmore Hill members who made yesterday's tournament and ECB Open Day a huge success. We dealt with late drop outs and the rain and ended the day with the sun shining on us. Our teams gave of their best but the teams from Cookham Dean proved worthy winners in both age groups. I have personally thanked individual families who worked tirelessly throughout the day. All was done with smiles which just proves what a great community effort it was. I must say that I was extremely tired last night after we had tidied up the Club and grounds. Hopefully the sum we raised will go towards further improvements to our facilities and junior equipment. Thank you all again 😀😀😀😀😀😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😀😀

11th July 2016 Posted by Glynis Culley