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!