1st XI at the Witham Cricket Festival

06 May 2015


Semi-Final: Witham Hall v Wisbech (Witham won by 10 wickets)

Final: Witham Hall v Orwell Park (Witham won by 7 wickets)


On a sunny afternoon the 1st XI cricket team played in the annual festival at Witham. Before the start of the afternoon, Witham Hall, Wisbech, Orwell Park and St John’s Cambridge took part in the draw to decide who they were playing in the semi-finals. The 1st XI drew Wisbech in their semi-final and after winning the toss, chose to bowl first. Putting in a sterling performance from start to finish the boys managed to reduce Wisbech to 32-6 off their 12 overs. This was an outstanding achievement with Harry Thompson (2-2 off 3) and Freddie Arlott (4-2 off 3) the pick of the bowlers. Chasing a small total the 1st XI batted patiently and got over the line without losing any wickets. Harry Thompson finished 9 not out and Toby Hanson 11 not out. In the final, Witham then played Orwell Park and again won the toss and bowled first. The boys put in a repeat performance with the ball in hand, bowling excellent lines and lengths, ensuring that they bowled at the stumps. Freddie Arlott (5-4 off 3) and Alexander Anthony (5-5 off 3) both bowled superbly and Alexander was rightly handed the match ball at the end of the game. In the 12th and final over of their innings, Orwell Park was bowled out for 33. Witham responded nervously with the bat in hand chasing a small total. Losing early wickets, the Witham innings required somebody to settle things down and start accumulating runs. Alexander Anthony (22 not out) batted very well and ably supported by Alfie Buik got Witham to the 34 required for the loss of 3 wickets in the seventh over. The 1st XI should be very pleased with the way they performed, especially with the ball in hand.

1st XI Cricket v Bedford School (Jet Cup: 1st Round)


Bedford School won by 126 runs


On a sunny Wednesday afternoon the 1st XI made the hour long trip down to Bedford School to play their first round Jet Cup match against Bedford School.

Bedford won the toss and chose to bat first. The Witham boys put in a sterling bowling performance with Harry Thompson (2-21), Freddie Arlott (1-30) and Alexander Anthony (0-34) the pick of the bowlers. All three year 8 boys bowled consistently good lines and lengths and varied their pace well. Unfortunately a first wicket stand of 78 off the first 13 overs gave Bedford a solid platform to attack from in the middle and latter overs. However, the 1st XI worked hard throughout and took four excellent wickets including an outstanding catch at long on by James Tattersall. After 25 overs Bedford had accumulated 180 runs for the loss of four wickets. After match tea, the boys got off to a very poor start, finding themselves 4-4 after four overs. Needing to rebuild, Freddie Arlott and Will Chandler applied themselves well, stuck at the task in hand and got Witham up towards 50. However with time running out and aggressive shots being played, we found ourselves bowled out for 54 in the 21st over. The 1st XI should not be disappointed with this result, they did themselves proud with the ball in hand but more application and patience is needed with the bat.

1st XI v Lincoln Minster


Witham Hall won by 9 wickets


On a cold and windy afternoon in Lincoln the 1st XI won the toss and chose to bowl first. Harry Thompson and Freddie Arlott again led from the front and got three early wickets. Joseph Fox (9-1) and Hans Mehta (8-1) both bowled superbly backing up the early work that had been done which put further pressure on the Lincoln Minster middle order. It was then time for some more spin with Alfie Buik (4-1) giving nothing away and Alex Anthony bowling back to back maidens. Eshan Mehta (5-1) and William Chandler (0-2) took advantage of the 1st XI’s fine bowling display late on to dislodge the remaining Lincoln Minster batsmen. After seventeen overs, they were bowled out for 55. After a quick turnaround Orlando Thain (21 not out) and Toby Hanson (11) got the Witham innings off to a steady start. What was incredibly pleasing to see was the way in which the boys ran between the wickets and put the bad ball away for four. Unfortunately after getting himself in, Toby chipped the ball up to square leg which gave Alex (18 not out) the chance to get some runs which he did in style. Orlando, steady throughout, hit the ball hard along the ground and with the support of the aggressive Alex and got Witham over the line in the 8th over. This was another very impressive display by the first team with big games to come against Oakham and Spratton Hall after the exeat weekend.