Tough start for Witham Colts and U9 Cricketers

11 May 2015

Colts A:

Witham Hall Colts A v Wisbech

Wisbech 125-3 (20 overs)

Witham 52-4 (20 overs)

The boys made their first outing onto grass and initially found it to their liking as they restricted Wisbech to 38 runs from the first ten overs. However, with the Wisbech top order intact apart from two lost wickets, it was inevitable that if further wickets did not fall, acceleration would occur and it did, with our hosts plundering runs as the Witham attack stuttered. Tom Davison and Joe Atkinson were the pick of the bowling attack that featured nine bowlers. Playing on a huge field the boys stuck at their fielding really well and the Wisbech boys had to run hard between the wickets as only seven fours were scored.

It was going to be a hard task to match that total and after losing two wickets in the first over it was necessary to consolidate to stop a collapse, and the boys achieved that with a gutsy knock from Max St. John who got some valuable crease time, looking comfortable for the most. The Witham boys found it very hard to score as it often is at this age level, when the ball keeps low and does not come onto the bat with any pace. However, it was pleasing to see that resilience was shown and the boys can hold up their heads. Well done!

Witham Hall Colts A v Stamford J.S.

The match was played in the “paired” format.

Witham 252

Stamford 272

Witham lost the toss and were invited to bat by the Stamford captain. It was quickly evident that the Stamford team had some very pacey bowlers who accordingly made batting on a surface that occasionally lifted fairly taxing! Tom Davison got a nasty blow on the finger but shrugged it off and carried on.

However, the boys dug in, showed some real determination and it was particularly good to see how, as their innings progressed, their running between the wickets really did improve.

Players who caught the eye with the bat were Max St. John, who showed some stylish shots, Max Moore, who attacked with purpose and Alex Spragg, who showed that he can work the ball around well with deftness and timing.

In the field Witham really did put on a very good show with Oli Allport and Archie Bingham leading the way by setting a high standard with their alertness and athleticism. They were well supported by Oli Rymer, Harry Gillett, Ludo Elborne and keeper George Weaving.

With the ball, Alex Spragg accounted for three dismissals and was backed up solidly by Joe Atkinson who nipped in with three as well.

There is work to be done in our training sessions but it really heartening to see the boys develop their awareness as the afternoon progressed – well done!

Colts B:

Colts B v Magdalene House

WHS win by 33 runs

Some solid batting from the entire team and tight bowling from Harry Leverton and Harry Jones led to a comfortable victory for the Colts B by 33 runs.  I was impressed that every player fielded with determination and wanted to take wickets.  The right communication between the batsmen was much improved too.

I am pleased with the how well the boys conducted themselves away from home – great ambassadors for Witham.

This match was also a huge improvement on their first vs Stamford JS. Stamford dominated this match and the Colts B found it tough to be competitive in what ended up to be a very one-sided game.

U9s:

Witham Hall U9A lose by 5 runs v Magdalene House

With it being the first game for the U9A’s, the boys were keen to get out and play what would be a great match.

Witham Hall chose to bat first and with opening batting pair Charlie Rymer and Louis Batty, the runs were came with increasing rapidity. Following on from this good start Josh Clarke and Guy Hurst were able to put on a staggering 37 runs in 4 overs. Also adding to the score were James Fairfax, George Vergerson-Rowley, Ben Price and James Wass. The score at the end of the innings was 90-2.

Now to fielding, and the boys had a defendable score to work with. Opening the bowling was Will Chatterton followed by Louis Batty who gave the opposition not much room to move at the crease. Also bowling well was Josh Clarke, James Fairfax and Charlie Rymer who applied pressure to the batsman and hauled in some wickets. Although Witham Hall took 6 wickets, it was unfortunate that they lost by 5 runs just letting things slip towards the end of the innings. Magdalene House finshed 95-6.

Witham Hall U9B loses by 26 runs v Magdalene House

The first match of the season was at home to Magdalene House. Witham fielded first, with Richard Tomlinson & George Alford bowling particularly well. The importance of ‘walking in’ and ‘backing up’ was on show and at times the Witham boys got this right, but there is still work to do in this area as runs were lost. At the end of the first innings, Magdalene scored 171 runs. With such a large score to chase, it was important that Witham got off to a good start. Henry Herdman & Richard Tomlinson went into bat first and between them scored 35 runs, a positive start for the boys. Runs continued to flow, with George Alford scoring very well, hitting a number of 4s. Despite some excellent batting from Witham, they were unable to reach their target of 171, but the innings was ended with a fine shot by Hugo Shippey, scoring a 6. Final score 145. This was a good effort from the U9Bs.