Colts Cricket Report

22 May 2015

Colts A:

Witham Colts A v Spratton Hall

Spratton 131 – 4 (25 overs)

Witham 31 (11.2 overs)

Batting first on a slow low wicket, Spratton started cautiously and were restricted to 30 runs from the first ten overs with some tight bowling by Harry Jones, Joe Atkinson, Oli Allport and Max St. John. However, as Spratton became more ambitious with their stroke-play, the Witham bowling was not quite on target and the Spratton boys took full advantage of the small boundary to post a decent score with two impressive innings from opener Stirling, and number 5 La Porter. The Witham ground fielding was excellent, and given the small boundary and bumpy outfield, 131 from 25 overs was not a disaster by any means.

Witham struggled with their reply, clearly finding the variable pace and bounce a problem. Oli Allport looked to be the most comfortable as he found his timing quickly, but perished as so many did by hitting the ball in the air and offering a chance that was gratefully accepted.

A hard lesson in batting but the boys will have learned that you need to play yourself in and keep the ball on the ground when batting, especially on a challenging surface! A big plus to the afternoon was to see Harry Gillett taking up the gloves and keeping so well!

Witham Hall v St. John’s

St. John’s 154-5 (20 overs)

Witham 79-9 (20 overs)

Batting on a good grass surface that played well, St John’s batted fluently despite the best efforts of a Witham attack that really stuck to their task and bowled well.

Joe Atkinson and Harry Jones bowled a good line to start the afternoon off but even following the loss of opener Boston to Joe in the first over, St John’s did not falter and with the arrival of Winn, who eventually retired for 54, the tempo gradually increased and the boundaries flowed. All ten fielders bowled and it was encouraging to see that bowling is certainly not the weak link in our chain, so this is strength that we can build on in the future.

The total was a large one to chase and we fell short by 75 runs, however the resilience the boys are showing as the season unfolds is certainly increasing. Archie Bingham and Harry Gillett shared in a stand of 38 and defied the St John’s attack for several overs. This season will be measured in terms of progress and in experience and not in wins. Keep at it boys!

Witham Hall v S. Anselm’s

Witham 81-5 (A. Bingham 16, M. Moore 19 n.o.)

St. Anselm’s 82-5 (A. Spragg 3-0-9-4)

Witham arrived at Ranby to play the Derbyshire team on a cool windy day and the stiff breeze certainly played its part as both teams found control of the ball difficult. Witham batted first and posted 81-5 with Archie Bingham and Max Moore posting our first 50 partnership of the season. Before this, George Weaving and Max had steadied the ship somewhat after Witham found themselves 8-3 after four overs.

In reply St Anselm’s were cruising along quite effortlessly until the introduction of Alex Spragg, who removed four batsmen in one over aided by three catches for Harry Gillett, who again had a good day behind the timbers. Alex’s hat-trick was his first and clearly lifted the boys who really made S. Anselm’s fight to get over the line with Oli Allport removing another batsman shortly before the end.

It is really pleasing to see how the boys are responding to each other and developing as the season progresses.

Witham Hall Colts A @ Stowe Festival

The boys travelled to the Stowe festival on Sunday and played four different teams over the course of a very enjoyable day. Our opponents were: Caldicott, Buckingham Town CC, Swanbourne and Old Buckenham Hall.

Although we came away without recording a win, there was a palpable sense in the boys, that they are learning to perform as a cohesive unit in the field and are, as individuals, developing their own skills.

Most of the boys managed over the course of the day, to get some valuable time at the crease and it was pleasing to see the year 5 boys getting some constructive leadership from the year 6 boys in the field. There were some pleasing individual performances from all during the day; Max Moore stood out as the most consistent batsman, the bowlers worked hard in breezy conditions but again the best aspect of our play was in the field, with all boys giving their best; George Weaving’s quick throw for a run out and Harry Gillett’s athletic diving catch were notable examples.

This was a valuable day in terms of experience for the boys conducted in a stunning setting and blessed by dry weather. Thanks to Stowe for a great festival, Mr. Westcott for his assistance and the parents for their super support of the team over the day.

Witham Hall Colts A Cricket @ Uppingham Prep Schools 6 a-side

At their second festival in four days the boys acquitted themselves very well in terms of their fighting spirit, willingness to learn and adapt to a wholly unfamiliar format. Again it was great to see not only the cohesive effort in the field but also note in the individual area of bat against ball, some real progress being made by individuals there as well.

Against Packwood Haugh the boys started a little tentatively and lost by two wickets but made their opponents fight hard to get over the winning line with some good bowling and athletic fielding. This same competitiveness in the field was the feature of all their games and was commented on by the umpires in particular at the end of the day. Aysgarth was a formidable side that really piled on the runs and set a daunting target but again the boys stuck at it and pleasingly batted out their overs despite some very aggressive bowling.

The Perse beat us by three runs in a close finish with Max Moore and Archie Bingham blasting the ball about to provide our best batting display this season against a very good bowling attack. The spirits lifted, the boys took on Grace Dieu who beat us by setting a large total that we fell short of but again a good partnership between Max Moore and Oli Rymer showed that our batting is starting to shape up.

The day was a great experience; each the boys is growing in confidence – Tom Davison ran in and bowled with increasing accuracy and probed the batsmen more than he has done to date and it is good to see the year five boys making their presence felt, Harry Jones and Alex Spragg both were very visible today with both bat and ball.

Well done, boys!

Colts B:

After a game against Spratton Hall in which the boys were challenged in every department and suffered a dramatic defeat it was pleasing to see much more competitive play v St John’s.

Witham Hall v St John’s Cambridge

Lost by 10 runs

The Colts B played much better than the few previous fixtures, both with bat and ball.  This was a respectable defeat!  The score difference was in fact the difference of two wickets, because in pairs cricket a team loses 5 runs each time a player is out.

There was some lovely communication in this match between the pairing of Freddie Sumner and Ben Lee, and Vyvyan Bewley and Rory Pepper when batting which meant sensible runs were taken.

I am pleased with the improvement of all the players and I hope they take this into the next match. Well done.

Witham Hall v S. Anselm’s

WHS win by 50 runs

The entire team played the best competitive cricket of the season today.   The fielding was sharper and more accurate which put the batsman under pressure.  The bowling was equally impressive; in particular Ewan Rodell, who achieved a maiden over – quite rare at Colts B level.  Wickets were taken and the opposition run rate was kept to a minimum, which resulted in a total posted of 200 + 47.

Witham batted more sensibly.  This was the result of communicating better between the wickets and not running every time the ball was hit!  The middle order pairings of Lee and Pepper, Robertson and Leverton and Sumner and Bewley all protected their wickets – in fact only two wickets fell for the whole team which was terrific improvement on the 13 which fell in the first game of the season. It was a well-deserved win a long way from home.