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18 May 2015
Result 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, got Witham over the line in the 8th over. Another very impressive display by the first team with big games to come against Oakham and Spratton Hall after the exeat weekend.
Result v Spratton Hall
Witham Hall won by 6 wickets.
On a sunny afternoon at Spratton Hall the 1st XI cricket team put in a sterling performance. Bowling first, Witham got off to a good start and at the half way point had Spratton Hall 63-5.
Getting through the overs quickly with our two spin bowlers Freddie Arlott and James Tattersall, Spratton found themselves under pressure to score quickly which led to them losing wickets regularly.
Harry Thompson (13-1 off 5) and Alex Anthony (13-2 off 6) were the pick of the bowlers, bowling a good line and length throughout. In the 24th over, after some excellent bowling from
Eshan Mehta and James Tattersall, Spratton were all out for 103. After tea and with the boys raring to go, we batted with great maturity and saw Spratton Hall’s opening bowlers off well.
Toby Hanson, who opened the batting and continues to improve with every game played, unfortunately got out to an excellent delivery with Harry Thompson soon following. This paved the way for Alex Anthony (37) and James Tattersall (33) to build an impressive partnership. In the 18th over with the score 80-2 Witham were in complete control. However, after losing Alex and James in quick succession, it was down to Orlando Thain (7 not out) and Freddie Arlott (4 not out) to steady the ship and see Witham home in the 23rd over. A fine display boys, with both bat and ball. We now look forwards to our next fixture against St John’s Cambridge on Wednesday.
Result v St John’s
Witham Hall won by 31 runs
Another impressive performance by the 1st XI cricket team resulted in a 31 run victory over St John’s Cambridge on a sunny afternoon at Witham. Witham lost the toss and were put into bat first. Harry Thompson and Toby Hanson (15) again impressed with the bat, seeing the openers off well and building a platform from which the rest of the team could attack. Alex Anthony (45 not out) had a superb game with the bat, pacing his innings well and hitting some ferocious shots. After 20 overs Witham had scored 107 for the loss of three wickets. With a strong batting line up, St John’s certainly had the fire power to score runs quickly so complacency was not an option for the 1st XI. Harry Thompson (8-1) and Freddie Arlott (8-2) again bowled incredibly well and did themselves proud. Ably supported by Alex Anthony (3-2), James Tattersall (10-1) and Eshan Mehta (4-2) the 1st XI bowled St John’s out for 76. The game ended with an excellent caught and bowled by William Chandler, well done! We now look forward to playing Wisbech GS on Saturday at home.
Witham Hall 2nd XI (66-6, 11.3 overs) beat
St John's College 2nd XI (65 all out, 18.3 overs) by 4 wickets
The 2nd XI won their second consecutive match with a comfortable victory over St John's College in the walled garden. Witham asked the visitors to bat; the decision proved the correct one as the St John's wickets regularly tumbled until they were all out for 65 runs.
Six of our seven bowlers took wickets: Toby Coulson took three; Leo Cox took two; and George Davies, Jamie Garvin, Alfie Buik and Frankie Atkinson each took one. Pleasingly, six catches were held (including two from wicketkeeper Will Davison), and Max Shippey was instrumental in a run-out.
The modest target allowed us to experiment with the batting order, with priority given to those who did not bowl. Our boys eventually passed the St John's total with four wickets and 8.3 overs to spare, with top scorers Alfie (14*) and Jamie (13*) seeing Witham over the finish line. Well played!
Witham Hall 2nd XI (124-8) beat
Spratton Hall 2nd XI (101-6) by 23 runs
The 2nd XI achieved a very satisfying victory at Spratton Hall. Our boys won the toss and batted first, scoring an impressive 124 runs from their 25 overs. Toby Sumner recorded an excellent 34 not-out and Toby Coulson posted a controlled 15, but the star of the innings was Will Moore whose terrific 51 was thoroughly deserved.
Spratton's batsmen never looked like overtaking Witham's total thanks to a determined performance from all ten of our bowlers. Wickets were taken by Will Moore (2), Jamie Garvin (2), Leo Cox and Toby Coulson, whilst Frankie Atkinson took a good catch. A fantastic result!