Witham Hall Cricket Final Update

13 Jul 2017

U12A

Result

Witham U12 cricket team beat The Peterborough School by 118 runs

Report

On a sunny afternoon at Witham, the U12’s led by Alex won the toss and chose to bat first against The Peterborough School.  Max (50 retired) and Alex (51 retired) batted superbly, playing the ball on its merit and pushing hard for quick ones and twos. This in turn put our opponents under immediate pressure in the field and as the overs passed they became more and more frustrated. A quick fire 22 from Harry enabled the U12’s to accumulate at a good rate, finishing the innings with 166 off 20 overs. After a quick tea break and with a big mountain to climb, The Peterborough School struggled to find any rhythm, losing wickets at regular intervals. Every single member of the Witham team bowled, which was great to see. Harry and Max were the pick of the bowlers but were ably supported by everyone else in what was to be very much a team performance. A 118 run win is something to be immensely proud of after some very tough matches before half term. Well done to all the U12’s who must now look to replicate this performance against Lincoln Minster in a weeks’ time.

Result

Witham Hall U12A Cricket beat Lincoln Minster U13A by 92 runs

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On a sunny afternoon at Witham, the U12A’s won the toss and chose to bat first against Lincoln Minster. Max and Angus both got the innings off to a steady start and looked set to score a lot of runs. Unfortunately, a couple of superb catches by Lincoln Minster removed them both in consecutive overs. Alex (32 not out) steadied the ship yet again and batted with great composure. He was ably supported by Joe (22 not out) which enabled the U12A’s to reach 151-3 off 20 overs. A quick turnaround saw Lincoln Minster  get off to an explosive start, with boundaries being hit all over the ground. However, Max (3 overs, 14-3) and Oli (2 overs, 4-2) soon got things moving back in Witham’s favour. Alex, captain fantastic, also bowled a wicket maiden which effectively removed the top order. As the required run rate increased, wickets kept falling and the U12A’s managed to bowl Lincoln Minster out in the 15th over. A 92 run victory that was fully deserved – well done boys.

Results

Group:

Witham Hall beat Warwick School by 44 runs
Witham Hall lost to Aysgarth by 5 wickets
Witham Hall lost to St Olave’s York by 5 wickets

3rd v 3rd:

Witham Hall beat St Martin’s Ampleforth by 5 wickets

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The U12’s did themselves proud at the annual St Olave’s Super 8’s cricket tournament on Wednesday. Every single member of the team had moments of absolute brilliance and with 2 wins and 2 losses they can all hold their heads high. In a tough group, we played Warwick school first and managed to win by 44 runs. What was particularly pleasing to see, was every member of the team bowl a consistently good line and length. In our second match we played Aysgarth. Batting first we set a formidable total but unfortunately with the pressure mounting, the U12’s bowled a couple of very loose overs and the game got away from them. Our final group game against our hosts was a superb match. We again set a formidable total but St Olave’s had in their armoury the player of the tournament, who hit three half centuries in a row and completely out powered us. It must be noted that it was a pleasure to watch and I am sure all the boys could appreciate what a fine player he was. Missing out narrowly on a semi-final spot, the boys didn’t let their heads drop and managed to put in a strong performance to finish on a high against St Martin’s Ampleforth. Boys you were an absolute pleasure to take away, well done!

U12B

Result

Witham Hall U12B beat Lincoln Minster U12A by 72 runs

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Finn scored a superb unbeaten 54 as a Witham side consisting of boys from Years 7, 6 and 5 earned an emphatic victory over Lincoln Minster's U12A team in the Walled Garden sunshine. Coming in to bat at number five, Finn smashed ten boundaries on the way to his first ever half-century. Jack was the next highest scorer with a quickfire 19. The visiting batsmen never looked like challenging Witham's total thanks to some very disciplined bowling by Freddie, Ludo, Richard, Ben, Henry and James. Ludo and Freddie each took a wicket, Henry was instrumental in a run-out, and Eddie impressed as wicket-keeper.

Colts A

Result

Witham Hall Colts A lost by 46 runs to Stamford Junior School

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On Saturday 24th May the Colts A travelled to Stamford Junior School. Bowling first, the boys started well, restricting the Stamford batsmen to very few runs. Having played a steady opening to the innings, Stamford were 65-1 off 12 overs and, with wickets in hand accelerated to finish the innings strongly, setting a total of 151 – 4.

Witham’s reply started well, scoring runs quickly and showing they were capable of chasing down the total; at the same 12 over mark Witham were 70-2; however whereas Stamford gained momentum at this point the Colts lost theirs, losing a couple of quick wickets, the Stamford bowlers started to get on top. However, the Colts batsmen weren’t going to roll over and batted with positivity right up to the final ball, finishing their innings 105-9. Despite the score line, the game hinged on a couple of key overs and the boys performed admirably, as they have done throughout the season.

Result

Witham Hall Colts A won by 10 wickets against The Peterborough School

Report

On Wednesday 7th June the Colts welcomed the Peterborough School to Witham. With Peterborough winning the toss and electing to bat it was a chance for the Witham bowlers to get straight back into action after the half term break. Unfortunately the half-term rust was on show, as the Colts bowled far too many wides, gifting Peterborough considerable runs; although credit must go to the Peterborough opening pair who put on an opening stand of 78. Witham’s bowling was inconsistent throughout with Peterborough setting them a target of 115 to score off 20 overs.

Witham started the run chase well, with Charlie batting with great confidence and scoring quickly, with Angus rotating the strike and supporting very well. Charlie eventually retired after scoring an outstanding half century (51*). Vice-Captain George then joined Captain Angus at the crease to complete the run chase as Angus anchored the innings superbly and carrying his bat, a real captains innings. Witham knocked off the total in the 15th over for the loss of only one wicket, an excellent batting performance.

Colts D

Result

Witham Hall Colts D Cricket lost by 17 runs to Stamford JS Colts D

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The Colts D cricket team put in a superb last performance of the season against Stamford JS. Witham won the toss and chose to bat first. Some impressive Stamford bowling kept things very tight early on but the Colts took their ones and two very well. As the innings progressed the boundaries started to flow and a total of 259 was reached off 20 overs. A quick turnaround saw Stamford’s innings get off to an explosive start. Too many bad balls were bowled by the Colts early on, which put them under immediate pressure. However, what was really good to see was all the boys persevere and  slowly but surely bowl a far better line and length; this led to wickets being taken at regular intervals. In the last 5 overs there was a real buzz about the team and the camaraderie between all the boys was wonderful to see. After their 20 overs, Stamford had reached 277 and were deserved winners. Irrespective of the result, this was a superb afternoon of cricket – well done to all those who took part.

U9A

Result

U9A Cricket lost to Bedford Modern by 14 runs

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The U9A team played a very good Bedford Modern team on a sunny but blustery morning at Bedford last Saturday. Bowling first, the boys all tried very hard to pitch the ball in the right areas and make scoring runs difficult for the Bedford Modern batsmen, but struggled to dismiss the Bedford batsmen with only Hugo able to take a wicket. There were two good run outs, one an amazing direct hit from Hugo with only one stump to aim for. There was a strong crosswind and the boys struggled to control the ball and in the 16 overs bowled, only three didn't have a wide or no ball, these being bowled by Harry, Henry and Hugo, a good achievement. Bedford Modern totaled 287 at the end of their innings with 38 of the runs coming from wides and no balls.

When Witham batted, both Henry and Hugo hit boundaries in the early overs, with Henry making a fantastic achievement, hitting five consecutive fours in one over, steady progress was made throughout the innings with Oliver and Angus also hitting boundaries. Bedford Modern's bowling was very accurate as the Witham innings progressed and hard to score from. Bedford only bowled ten wides or no balls costing 20 runs, which ultimately was the difference between the teams. 

To make further progress all of the boys need to bowl more consistent lines and lengths and be decisive when running between the wickets. All in all a very good effort, in a tight and competitive match. Well done, Henry, Hugo, Oliver, Ben, Angus, Harry, Archie and Louis, you all show great promise.

Result

Witham Hall U9A cricket team won by 49 runs against St Hugh’s

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On a gorgeous sunny day the boys travelled to the depth of Lincolnshire to take on St Hugh’s. Louis was Captain for the day, and on a very playable wicket the scene was set for a lovely afternoon’s cricket. Witham lost the toss but St Hugh’s chose to bat first which suited the boys. The first pair of Hugo and Oliver bowled well and only gave away a couple of extras and took a couple of wickets and this set the tone for the rest of the bowlers. All the boys bowled really well and in total, only 12 extras were given away. St Hugh’s posted a score of 246, which was very manageable. Really pleasing for the coaches to see was the quality of the fielding and the hunger on the field to take catches and  stop any runs. It’s often these ‘forgotten areas’ which make the difference between winning and losing a match. With the bat, Archie and Angus started first and quickly posted 26 runs, running intelligently between the wickets and as expected really took the game to St Hugh’s, asking the fielders lots of questions. Again this set the tone for the other batsman with Harry playing some lovely cultured shots after a slightly nervous start was ably supported by Hugo. This was enough to get the required total - well done on a superb win boys.

Result

Witham Hall U9A cricket team won by 100 runs against Maidwell Hall

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With the weather looking pretty awful, the tough & hardy U9’s travelled to Northamptonshire, for their final match, in any sport, as U9’s. It is worth noting that both the A's and B's were hoping for an unbeaten season in cricket as well as rugby. Playing on a rain soaked astro turf is never ideal, but the boys showed character and simply got on with the task at hand. Maidwell chose to bat first and the first pair scored 25 from 4 overs. This as it turned out was not down to poor bowling or good batting, (the first pair were pretty good) but the Witham boys getting used to the pitch. Any less than absolute accurate fielding meant that the ball would run through for four runs. The second Maidwell pair scored less well and the pressure to get runs on the board must have got to the Maidwell bench. The final three pairs scored 20 runs between them which was down to some tight bowling, some great fielding and some absolutely kamikaze running from the Maidwell batters. Witham only gave away 10 runs from inaccurate bowling. Special mentions for their bowling, needs to go to Archie, Harry and Henry for their accurate and simply brilliant bowling, which kept Maidwell on the back foot all innings. With only 45 to get, the game was there to be won and the first pair of Angus and Archie set about the task maturely. Defend the good balls, smash the bad ones and get the odd single to keep the run rate ticking over. In fact all the boys followed their lead and only lost one wicket in the whole innings. The target was passed in double quick time and in the end Witham won by exactly 100 runs. 

U9B

Result

Witham Hall U9B’s lost by 43 runs to Bedford Modern U9B’s

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Witham's Year 4 boys (with the help of Jack and Alfie from Year 3) enjoyed a superb game of paired cricket at Bedford Modern. In bright and blustery conditions both teams gave their all in a very entertaining match. The hosts batted first and, starting on 200, posted an impressive score of 313. Every Witham player bowled two overs and fielded superbly. Although our boys could not quite match Bedford's total, everyone can hold their head up high for their terrific efforts. Very well done to the whole team: Johnny, Cecil, Harry, Leo, Isaac, Alfie S, Alfie R and Jack.

Result

Witham Hall U9B’s won by 93 runs against Maidwell Hall U9B’s

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Despite some very damp conditions, the U9B’s came out with a convincing win over Maidwell Hall in a match that was played very true to the spirit of the game. We opened the batting and set out our stall early, with some big hitting and effective running between the wickets. This gave us a good base upon which to build on, and we did that brilliantly. Playing in near constant drizzle, the boys did not let up and kept the scoreboard ticking over throughout the innings to reach an impressive total of 381. Then came our chance to field, on a pitch that had a very fast outfield due to the conditions as well as a very short boundary, we would have to be very focussed for the full innings in order to defend our total. From the very first ball we put the Maidwell players under pressure with our impeccable fielding and wonderful backing up. The bowling attack was equally imperious, with only one over going for double figures. The boys were constantly encouraging each other and really looked like a team, which was especially pleasing given the conditions they were playing in. In the end the pressure was too much for Maidwell and they finished well short of our total, reaching 288 at the end of their innings. A very good win for Witham Hall and a very good team performance which will stand the boys in good stead for next year’s sporting fixtures.

U8A

Result

Witham Hall U8A cricket team beat Laxton Junior School by 22 runs

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The U8A team played their first match of the term on a sunny afternoon at Witham. Bowling first, the boys all tried very hard to pitch the ball in the right areas and make scoring runs difficult for the Laxton batsmen, with both Ben, Jack and Luke taking wickets. Laxton reached a total of 265  at the end of their innings. When Witham batted, both Ben and Max hit boundaries in the early overs, steady progress was made throughout the innings with Harry, Ben, Thomas, Olie, Jack and Luke also hitting boundaries. A great all round team effort and a deserved win, to make further progress all of the boys need to bowl more consistent lines and lengths. Well done.