1st XI Cricket: Final Report
30 Jun 2015
The 1st XI has finished what has been a very successful season that has given their many spectators some exciting afternoons.
Their final stats are: played 12: won 9: drew 1: lost 2
Today cricket colours were re-awarded to: Harry Thompson, Freddie Arlott and Alex Anthony and additionally awarded to James Tattersall.
Witham Hall v Oundle
Witham Hall 1st XI won by 7 wickets
On a sunny afternoon at Oundle the 1st XI boys won the toss and chose to bowl first. On a pitch that was doing quite a bit off the seam the boys bowled incredibly well but had to be patient.
Oundle’s opening batsmen did extremely well and after 11 overs found themselves 75-1. However, the boys patience soon paid off with Alex Anthony (27-2), Eshan Mehta (14-3) and Hans Mehta (1-2) taking some very important wickets and in the process turning the game on its head. After such a strong start, the 1st XI had managed to reduce Oundle to 101 all out. After a quick turn-around, the boys went out to chase down a modest total but made hard work of it. Toby Hanson (25) battled well and was ably supported by Alex Anthony (16). However, the boys were not taking their ones and twos very well and found themselves waiting for the bad ball which never came. Fortunately, James Tattersall (23 not out) and Orlando Thain (20 not out) really got things moving in the right direction, pushing hard for runs and ultimately leading Witham to victory in the 24th over. A fine win, well done boys!
Witham Hall v St Hugh’s
Witham Hall 1st XI won by 8 wickets
The first XI put in a fine display to beat St Hugh’s at the weekend. After winning the toss we chose to bowl first on what proved to be a very high scoring wicket. Eshan Mehta (30-3) and Hans Mehta (7-0) were the pick of the bowlers, consistently bowling a good line and length and working tirelessly for the team. What was most pleasing to see was the way in which Hans bowled with ever growing confidence and belief in his own ability – well done Hans! After 22 overs St Hugh’s were bowled out for 138. After a quick tea the boys went out to chase down 138. We lost a couple of early wickets for 0. However, Alex Anthony (83 not out) and James Tattersall (38 not out) both batted superbly, playing the ball on its merit and not premeditating any shots. It was a pleasure to watch both boys build a 121 run partnership and see the 1st XI over the line in the 17th over. Well done to all the boys who are currently still unbeaten in regular school fixtures.
Witham Hall v Thomas Deacon Academy
Witham Hall 1st XI won by 53 runs
On a sunny afternoon at Witham the 1st XI were involved in a very close game against Thomas Deacon Academy. Put into bat first, the 1st XI saw off the first five overs well for the loss of no wickets.
However an almighty collapse ensued, where we lost five wickets in five successive balls to find ourselves 39-6. Under a lot of pressure, Orlando Thain (30) and Alfie Buik (25) batted beautifully and held the Witham innings together. After 20 overs we had battled hard and managed to get to 91 runs. A distinct lack of foot movement and application was our downfall. However, we knew that if we bowled well in the right areas we could turn the game on its head. After tea the 1st XI could not have put in a better bowling performance. James Tattersall (10-2), Eshan Mehta (6-3), Alfie Buik (0-1) and Toby Coulson (2-2) were the pick of the bowlers and led the Witham attack incredibly well. With wickets falling at regular intervals the boys managed to bowl out TDA for 38. What was most pleasing to see was the way in which the boys applied themselves in the field, concentrating fully throughout and taking some sharp catches along the way. A 53 run win is certainly something to be happy about, but hopefully a few lessons will have be learnt.
Witham Hall v Maidwell Hall
Witham Hall 1st XI won by 2 wickets
The 1st XI Cricket team had a superb evening over at Maidwell Hall and put in a sterling performance. Bowling first, the boys consistently bowled a good line and length with Freddie Arlott (23-4) really standing out. Freddie is now comfortably the leading wicket taker for the 1st XI, something to be very proud of Freddie. What was most pleasing to see was the way in which the boys fielded; every single one of them took their catches and their ground fielding was sound. In the 19th over Maidwell was bowled out for 115 which was not going to be an easy total to reach. After a very strong start, with Toby Hanson (38) blasting the ball to all parts of the ground, the boys started to lose wickets at regular intervals which put the lower order under a lot of pressure. At 101-7 off 16 overs the 1st team needed to take their quick singles and keep the scoreboard ticking. This didn’t happen; but Toby Coulson (16) hit out very well indeed, relieving the pressure and allowing Hans Mehta to end the game in style with a couple of very well hit fours. Boys you really did put in a strong performance and what was great to see, were other year 7’s who had not had the opportunity with bat in hand step up to the mark.
Witham Hall v Stamford
Witham lost by 110 runs
The 1st XI was outclassed by a far superior side who were deserved winners. Playing paired cricket, Stamford amassed a very impressive total of 178. Alfie Buik (22-2) and Will Chandler (15-1) both bowled very well, bowling a consistent line and length – well done boys. In reply, the 1st XI struggled to get to grips with some excellent Stamford bowling and could not quite get the scoreboard ticking in their favour. Freddie Arlott hit some ferocious fours and Joseph Fox took some very good quick singles but unfortunately we fell very short of the required total. Although it was a disappointing end to the season, the boys should be immensely proud of their achievements over the course of the season. You have all done yourselves proud and played your cricket in the right spirit.