Witham Hall Cricket Update

15 May 2017

1st XI

Result

Witham Hall 1st XI Cricket lost by 178 runs to Oundle

Report

On a cold and blustery afternoon at Oundle the 1st XI faced a talented Oundle side. Oundle won the toss and chose to bat first. George and Harry opened the bowling with the latter bowling particularly well with figures of 35-1 off 6 overs. Alex our leg spin option also impressed, bowling a good line and length and mixing things up with the occasional slider. Figures of 24-0 off 5 overs are superb in cold conditions. In the first 10 overs, good deliveries were met with some strong defensive shots and the 1st XI found it hard to get that all important first wicket. As the innings progressed further and the batsmen’s confidence grew, the runs started to flow more and more freely and in the 20th over, Oundle were 129-0. However, the boys never took a backward step and through Oli and Harry took a couple of wickets. Towards the end of the Oundle innings, Max bowled really well with figures of 24-0 off 5 overs. After a quick tea the 1st XI needed 222 to win. A difficult task lay ahead, but Archie (21 not out) dug in and batted all the way to the 16th where unfortunately we were bowled out. Poor calling and footwork led to regular wickets and this combined with some superb Oundle bowling enabled them to win comfortably. With plenty of hard work ahead, we now look forward to preparing for Spratton Hall on Saturday.

Result

Witham Hall 1st XI Cricket lost by 187 runs to Spratton Hall

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On a cold and blustery afternoon at Spratton Hall the 1st XI won the toss and chose to bowl first on a wicket that offered a lot of assistance to the bowlers. The first 10 overs went very well with a couple of early wickets being picked up. Max (6 overs, 30-1) and Alex (6 overs, 23-0) did very well and never let the opposition settle. At the 20 over mark, Spratton had amassed 128 runs and with 10 overs remaining, started to look to push the run rate higher. Unfortunately the 1st XI started to panic a little and the confidence that was gained early on soon disappeared. Pleasingly though, the boys stuck at the task in hand and regained their focus towards the end and after 30 overs Spratton had set them 228 to win. An enormous task against a talented bowling team, all the boys struggled to keep calm and collected with bat in hand. Wickets fell regularly and Witham were bowled out for 40. Although it was a disappointing end to the match, I was very pleased to see the improvements all the boys had made with the ball in hand. We now look forward to playing St John’s Cambridge on Wednesday.

2nd XI/XII

Result

Oundle U13B beat Witham Hall 2nd XII by 7 wickets

Report

Witham's second team endured a tough first fixture of the season at home to Oundle in less-than-summery conditions. Our boys were asked to bat first and posted a total of 68 runs for the loss of nine wickets from their 20 overs. The top scorer was Harry with 15. The visitors quickly ate into the target, and passed it with ease with seven wickets in hand. Sam took two wickets, Harry took a catch, and Ludo and Ewan combined well to earn a run-out.

Result

Spratton Hall 2nd XII beat Witham Hall 2nd XII by 51 runs

Report

Witham's seconds were soundly beaten at Spratton Hall on an overcast Saturday afternoon. The hosts batted first and posted an impressive total of 125 runs for the loss of nine wickets from their 20 overs. Harry, Eddie and Rory each took two wickets, and Chris and Ludo each took one. Witham's batsmen found the going tough against consistently accurate bowling and were eventually bowled out some way short of the target. Eddie top scored with 21 and Chris made a quick fire 10 not-out.

3rd XI/XII

Result

Witham Hall 3rd XI beat Oundle 3rd XI by 14 runs

Report

The match was played in a pair’s format, each pair receiving 4 overs leading to a game of 24 overs per side. On a cold afternoon, Witham batted first, and with a positive approach from the outset got the scoreboard moving nicely. Pleasingly, every pair contributed, and only four wickets were lost despite some hair raising moments in running between the wickets. Witham then defended the total well, aided by some good catching and ground fielding. The bowling needs to take a step forward, but the late afternoon was not a good time to be in as the temperature dropped further! A good start.

Result

Witham Hall 3rd XI beat Spratton Hall 3rd XI by 3 wickets

Report

A second narrow win for the 3rd XI, but this time the game could not have been tighter with captain for the day Hamish scoring the necessary single off the last ball of the match to see Witham home. Playing on the main square, the conditions were, as ever, excellent for batting and our visitors posted a good score thanks to consistent batting throughout. Freddie took three wickets to  ensure no batsman scored too freely, but the total was perhaps a little above ‘par for the course’. However, led by Felix and a number of useful partnerships, Witham got the scoreboard moving quickly and kept up with the required rate throughout. 13 were needed off the last 2 overs, this was whittled down to three off the last. Remarkably, good bowling combined with a run out meant the scores were tied with one ball left, but the captain struck it firmly and the single was secured! A great game.

Colts A

Result

Witham Hall Colts A lost to Laxton JS Colts A by 16 runs

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On Wednesday the Colts A started their season with a trip to Oundle to face Laxton. Traditionally a well fought contest Witham won the toss and elected to bowl first. The bowlers bowled with good discipline restricting the run-rate of the Laxton batsmen and despite not taking any wickets kept them under pressure, however in the final five overs of the innings, Witham’s fielding began to drop off and the Laxton batsmen were able to pick up too many easy runs, finishing the innings on 109.

In response Witham batted well, looking comfortable against the Laxton bowlers and scoring at a steady run rate, but due to sharp fielding from the opposition the Witham batsmen were put under increasing pressure and were forced to hit out to try and keep up with the score rate and unfortunately finishing short of the total on 93-3.

The difference between the two sides was the fielding; this Witham side has huge potential and with sharper fielding, sides will find it increasingly difficult against us, but there is still much room for improvement in what promises to be an exciting season ahead.

Result

Witham Hall Colts A beat Spratton Hall Colts A

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On Saturday 6th May the Colts A team made the journey over to Spratton Hall for their second fixture of this season. After winning the toss and electing to bowl first,  the Witham Hall boys made an excellent start, taking a wicket on just the second ball of the innings. Spratton managed to keep a steady run-rate, but good accurate bowling and remaining sharp in the field throughout the innings meant that Witham were taking wickets at regular intervals, with Spratton eventually finishing 104-9 off their 25 overs.

Witham started their innings much like Spratton, losing a wicket in the first over. However, from this point on the Witham batsmen looked after their wickets and gave nothing away but good bowling and fielding from Spratton was restricting the run rate, meaning that in the final overs of the game risks needed to be taken. In the penultimate over a big over from the Witham batsmen saw the scores tied, with just one run needed off the final over. The over started with four ‘dot’ balls followed by a run out, meaning that in order to win the game we needed one run off the final ball, which George duly obliged in delivering!

It was a nerve-wracking game, but one where the boys showed immense character and will to win. This was a huge improvement from our first game, especially in the field, and we look forward to seeing further progress from this talented squad in the season ahead.

Colts B

Result

Witham Hall Colts B lost by 4 runs to Laxton JS Colts B

Report

The Colts B faced a good Laxton Junior School side on Wednesday. However, some sharp fielding and mostly accurate bowling from Witham kept their score to 78 after 16 overs. The weather was chilly and the thick outfield made it hard to get the ball to the boundary. The opening batting pair of James and James protected their wicket well. Laxton bowled more accurately than Witham, all of which made it tough to get the ball away. Witham lost a couple of quick wickets and a final gallant attempt from Jack fell slightly short. Witham reached 74 runs and therefore lost by only 4 runs. It was a terrific start to the season and I was pleased with the effort from each team member. Well done!

Result

Witham Hall Colts B lost by 6 wickets to Spratton Hall Colts B

Report

The boys travelled to the depths of Northamptonshire to face a traditionally tough opposition, Spratton Hall. The weather was more akin to the football season than the cricket season, but several parents were there braving the elements and to give the boys their support. Buik was captain for the afternoon, unfortunately lost the toss and we were put into bat. The batting order is something that will develop and be settled on over the course of the season I’m sure, but James scored a decent 29 and others such as Arthur, Will, Hugo, Fred and Henry all chipped in to push our final total to 100. There were some good strokes, some close calls (Rafe’s first ball - somehow the ball managed to find its way between the stumps). 100 seemed to be a few runs short, which was a shame as we had wickets in hand. The total should have been 30 runs more if running between the wickets, some more confident calling and some more energy backing up had happened. In the end those 30 runs cost us the win.

Spratton started brightly pushing the odd single, which kept their total ticking over. By the tenth over they were 75 for 1. Then the wheels started to come off for Spratton. Three quick wickets fell, Fred taking a great caught and bowled, after getting a painful hit on the hand the ball before. Hugo also took a great catch on the boundary after just missing the one before. Henry, Toby and James, with some excellent bowling, kept the pressure on the opposition batsman. Spratton’s best batsman scored an impressive 49 just failing to make a well-deserved half century. In the end Spratton made our total with three overs to spare.

Colts C

Result

Witham Hall Colts C won by 26 runs to Laxton JS Colts C

Report

Laxton chose to bat first and went on to hit 289. It was a difficult innings for our hosts as there was some fantastic bowling from all the Witham bowlers. Kit bowled particularly well, only going for 5 runs off 2 overs. Feeling very positive about their bowling the performance, the Colts C team batted superbly and hit a very good 315 with great batting from Ned and Charlie. Both boys took their singles well and called clearly throughout. An excellent result. 

Result

Witham Hall Colts C lost by 18 runs to Spratton Hall Colts C

Report

Witham won the toss and chose to field first, feeling confident that they could chase any total set by Spratton Hall. There was some excellent bowling by Angus and George and they were ably supported in the field by the rest of the team. At the half way point, Witham needed 134 to win. We started our innings very positively with lots of fours being struck, particularly from Jack’s bat. Every single member of the team contributed with the bat, running quick singles and putting the Spratton fielders under pressure. Unfortunately, we fell short of the required total and ended up with 115. A tremendous effort from all the boys who certainly shouldn’t feel disheartened.

Colts D

Result

Witham Hall Colts D lost by 6 runs to Laxton JS Colts D

Report

On a cool and windy afternoon the Colts D played their first match of term, a pairs match against Laxton Junior School. Batting first the boys all displayed determination and a willingness to strike the ball when the opportunity arose with Johnny and Henry striking boundaries, at the end of the Witham innings a competitive total of 345 was posted. When Witham bowled all the boys struggled to bowl in the right areas and to develop further, they all need to work on bowling straight well pitched up deliveries. With the bowling being a little loose, Laxton managed to pass the Witham total in the last over. This was a great effort by the Witham boys and they learnt a great deal from their match experience. Well done to Ned, Wilf, Kit, Felix, Johnny, Henry, George, Aidan, Henri and Nat, you all tried really hard and did yourselves proud.

Result

Witham Hall Colts D won by 2 runs to Spratton Hall Colts D

Report

A cold afternoon saw the Colts D team entertain Spratton Hall on the astro. Spratton batted first and kept the score board ticking whilst accurate bowling from Angus, Hugo, Nat and Louis produced a wicket for each of them. Spratton's final score was 88 runs, strong fielding and accurate returning of the ball prevented the score being higher. Witham's batsmen started slowly and the loss of seven wickets meant that the score was depleted as fast as it increased but still we plugged away. The last four overs saw Hugo and Louis score very freely with some magnificent boundaries and they scored forty three runs to pass the Spratton total off the penultimate ball. This was a very good performance from the boys and is a good starting point to work from.