Solid start to Witham Trinity fixtures!

22 Apr 2016

1st XI:

Result

Witham Hall won by 6 wickets

The 1st XI cricket team got off to a winning start against Stoneygate on a sunny afternoon at Kibworth cricket club. Witham won the toss and put Stoneygate into bat on a very lively artificial wicket which provided plenty of bounce. Eshan (4-1 off 2 overs) was his usual economical self and was ably supported by James (13-1 off 5 overs) and Hans (5-0 off 2 overs). After 10 overs Stoneygate found themselves at 36-4 and struggling to get the score board ticking in their favour. Hungry for wickets, James kept rotating the bowling and it was incredibly pleasing to see Toby, Geordie and Frankie, who are new to the 1st XI, bowl consistently well in the right areas. This created a lot of pressure and resulted in three superb run outs. After 25 overs Stoneygate were 91-9 leaving Witham requiring 92 for the win. Toby (12) got off to a strong start showing excellent composure but was clean bowled in the fifth over. James (24) steadied the innings with some very aesthetically pleasing stroke play but found himself being caught out by an excellent yorker. A few nervous overs followed but Alfie (15 not out) and Will (15 not out) steadied the ship and saw Witham home in the 17th over. A pleasing start by the 1st XI, well done!

2nd XI:

Witham Hall beat Stoneygate 2nd XI by 87 runs

Witham’s seconds enjoyed an excellent win in their opening fixture of the season against Stoneygate at Great Glenn CC. This was a match in which each innings began at 100 runs, batting pairs were given a set number of overs at the crease with 5 runs deducted for every wicket lost. The Stoneygate boys batted first and posted a total of 134 after the loss of 10 wickets, which were taken by Max S (3), Max M (2), Oscar and Archie B; there were also three excellent run-outs with the best occurring after great work from Finn. Terrific catches were held by Freddie and Will. Witham then bettered the hosts’ total with ease, finishing on 221 after the loss of only 4 wickets. The top scorers were Will (15), Archie B (12) and Max M (11). Well played everyone.

1st IX Rounders:

Witham Hall 13 ½

Stoneygate  17 ½

With just an hour and a half’s training under their belts the Witham girls travelled to Stoneygate for their first fixture of the season. The girls warmed up nicely led by captain Issy, but lost the toss so went into bat first. Out of 72 balls over the two innings only 6 balls were not hit, demonstrating good consistency in bat. Unfortunately not quite enough of these hits equated to rounders scored and Witham only started scoring full rounders when we got to ball 23 of the first innings. Consequently hesitant running and hitting towards the fielders meant we only scored 6 rounders.

Stoneygate had two very strong hitters with good placement of the ball and our lack of ability to adapt to this was evident and consequently they often got to 3rd post, but only once to 4th. Although less consistent in bat than us, Stoneygate took advantage of our mistakes in the field and with 2 rounders given away by no balls, scored 7 ½. Harriet had 3 fantastic catches and Sophie one very good catch in the deep field.

Witham tried their best to catch up in the 2nd innings scoring 7 ½ in 36 balls and 2 full rounders in the first 5 balls from Philippa and Alice, and Jaz narrowly missing out on a rounder reaching 3rd. Stoneygate’s 2nd innings was strong again and they scored two ½ rounders in the first two balls. It was still all to play for with Stoneygate trailing by 2 ½ rounders at ball 28, unfortunately this is when we lost our heads, allowing Stoneygate to score on every ball, bar two, even when they hadn’t hit the ball! This meant that Stoneygate won by 4 rounders.

U11A Rounders:

Witham Hall      22 (in one innings)

Kingsley Prep    10 ½

This was a very early match, an IAPS Competition first round, on just the third day of term! The girls had shown admirable commitment attending additional lunch time practice and pre-season training, much of which was in freezing cold conditions.

The start of the match was a little hair-raising with some crazy fielding decisions and panic. However, the girls steadied down as the match progressed and started to communicate well and back each other up. They were challenged by a few strong batsmen from Kingsley and were perhaps lucky that a couple of batter errors led to a break-through in getting the visitors out. Witham were impressive with the bat given this was their first match, with all the girls getting onto the score sheet. Stand-out batsmen were Ella (6)and Lulie (3 ½ ). However, it was the strength throughout the batting order that led to the amassing of a large score and declaring at 22. The Witham girls were much more assured in their second fielding innings and particularly impressive was the triangle work between Mia, Bella and Lulie which led to five of the Kingsley batsmen getting out. Catching balls in the deep was an area of difficulty where work needs to be done; an exception was Bonnie who took a fantastic catch. Well done, a promising start.