Cricket Update!

06 May 2016

1st XI:

Witham Festival:

R1: Witham Hall beat Wisbech GS by 7 wickets

R2: St John’s beat Witham Hall by 6 wickets

R3: King’s Ely beat Witham Hall by 34 runs

On a cold and blustery afternoon at school the 1st XI had three tough rounds of matches to play in the annual Witham Competition. Our first opponents were Wisbech who batted first and found themselves 48-9 off 12 overs.

Every single Witham player bowled economically and the ground fielding was superb. Toby (13) and Orlando (12) got the 1st XI off to a very strong start and were ably supported by Hans (12 not out) who finished the game off with a quick single. Our second match was against St John’s; losing the toss we were put into bat. Many wickets fell due to a lack of foot movement at the crease but luckily for Witham, Orlando (32 retired) batted superbly which set St John’s 65 to win. The boys again bowled well but found it hard to make any breakthroughs and with only two wickets falling, St John’s got to the required 65 in the 11th over. Our final opponents and tournament winners were King’s Ely. Witham won the toss and chose to bowl first. All eight bowlers used gave it their all for the Witham cause but we again struggled to take wickets with only one falling in 12 overs. Chasing 87 was not going to be easy and the boys did not do themselves justice with some poor running in between the wickets and some unwise shot selections. With one win from three matches the boys need to learn from their mistakes, listen to advice given and move forward in a positive way against Oundle before Exeat.

Witham won v Oundle by 101 runs

On a bitterly cold afternoon at Witham the 1st XI lost the toss to Oundle and were put into bat. After a slow start on a flat batting friendly track, James (70 not out) and Eshan (47 not out) put on 140 runs together. What was most impressive about both boys was their patience at the crease and their willingness to run the ones and twos hard in order to get the scoreboard ticking; a truly impressive display. With a total of 158-2 off 25 overs the 1st XI knew that Oundle would need to get off to a quick start but this was hampered by a delay because of snow. After the interval, Hans (14-2 off 5) and Joe (8-3 off 2) really took the game away from Oundle, bowling a good line and length at the stumps and refusing to give away any cheap runs. Oundle were bowled out in the 17th over for 57 which meant the 1st XI had won by 101 runs, a superb performance.  

Witham won v Oakham by 35 runs

On a batting paradise at Oakham the 1st XI were put into bat after losing the toss. A solid start saw the boys get to 30-0 off the first 6 overs, with Oakham bowling a good line and length and giving nothing away.

After losing a wicket in the next over, the pressure was on James and Toby to keep the innings moving forwards at a reasonable run rate. Toby (83 not out) played a superb innings, playing the ball on its merit and putting any bad balls away. Toby was ably supported by James (66 not out), who has now hit back to back half centuries. James’ composure at the crease has been most impressive so far this season and he is really leading from the front. A 2nd wicket partnership of 151 led to a total of 181-1 which was an excellent achievement. Chasing a large total Oakham batted well with their captain bringing up his half century shortly before the end of the match. After 15 overs and on 91-6 the game was certainly in the balance but some good ground fielding saw the 1st XI home, bowling Oakham out for 146 in the 24th over. Well done boys!

2nd XI:

Oakham 2nd XII 108-3 (20 overs) beat

Witham Hall 2nd XII 103-7 (20 overs) by 5 runs

Our 2nd XII narrowly lost a closely fought encounter at Oakham. The hosts batted first and posted a total of 108-3 from their 20 overs. Archie S-M and Harry each took a wicket, with good catches held by Vyv and Robert. Some excellent fielding from Freddie achieved a fine run-out, and Max S also impressed with some very economical bowling. Witham's batting order prioritised those who did not bowl, but we fell just five agonising runs short of the target. Our top scorers were Max M with 24 and Max S with 13*.

Colts A:

A promising start to the season for the Colts A who kicked off their cricket season yesterday with a home fixture against Laxton Junior School. In the fabulously sunny walled garden captain Harry Jones won the toss and elected to bowl first.

The Laxton openers made a solid start scoring at a good rate reaching 64-0 off the first 10 overs; this would have undoubtedly been more were it not for the good bowling and excellent fielding of the Witham boys. Alex Spragg (1-9) then made the breakthrough in the 11th over, removing the Laxton opener for 30 with an outstanding delivery. From this point on Witham continued to bowl and field well, limiting the Laxton run rate. Further wickets came from Louis Batty (1-6) and a superb spell from Olly Allport saw him take 3-13 in his two overs. Laxton finished their innings 130-5.

The Witham run chase started brightly with both Jack Cummins and Olly Allport looking in very good touch. However an exceptional piece of fielding saw Cummins run out for 8 in the third over. Allport and Max St John continued in good form until Allport was bowled for 16. Harry Jones was then caught on the boundary. This halted the Witham run chase. However St John and new batsman George Weaving steadied the ship. St John was then removed for 12 in the 14th over. Alex Spragg then came to the crease and straight away began to take the game to the Laxton bowling attack, scoring freely. However despite the valiant attempt of Spragg (26*) and Weaving (25*) the Witham boys fell just short on 108-4.

This was a well contested game and was a good start to what looks at being a good season for the Colts A.

Colts B:

Witham 262  Laxton 261

The first really nice day of the summer saw the Colts play against Laxton on the Witham Astro. The game was played as a pairs match with Laxton batting first. They slowly added to their starting total but accurate bowling meant that wickets fell at regular intervals. Witham’s fielding was solid and boundaries were hard to come by. Eddie Dickens playing wicket keeper had an exceptional game taking two catches and instigating a run out. All the boys bowled well and tried to keep the extras to the minimum. Harry Leverton in particular was very economical taking one wicket and conceding three runs. Laxton scored two hundred and sixty one runs in their eighteen overs.

The Laxton opening bowlers were a bit wayward enabling Witham to keep their score moving on consistently, but a few straight balls caught out some of the Witham batsman who were trying to hit all of the balls too hard. The scores stayed very close as the innings progressed meaning that Witham needed to score three runs off the last two overs. The fall of a wicket put the pressure on Felix Starkey in the last over but Witham were helped by two wides, before Ludo Elborne scored a single and Felix played an unusual defensive shot off the last ball to ensure a victory by one run.

This was an excellent first game for the team culminating in an exciting finish in which everyone played an important role.

Colts C:

Paired format of eight-a-side

Laxton  275

Witham 265

The Colts were lucky indeed to find themselves playing on a superior surface that had been beautifully prepared by the Oundle grounds staff. On a pleasantly warm afternoon, the Laxton boys carefully accumulated 275, losing few wickets on the way. The Witham bowling was a trifle wayward at times but Jake Lockett showed promise with an accurate two overs. In the field the boys were generally tidy with Arthur Foljambe and Sam Smith well to the fore in this aspect of the team’s play.

In reply, Witham initially batted really quite well, with George Alford and Arthur getting the innings underway to a healthy 227 after their four overs together. However after that, Kit Parkinson and Sam Smith found the going tough as the Laxton bowling found its direction and length. The third pair of Finn Wass and Jake Lockett ran very well between the wickets, demonstrating the fact that in Colts cricket, bat-on-ball should yield a run on every occasion! The final pair of Richard Tomlinson and Hugo Shippey found themselves requiring 6 runs of the last over to win but came up short as Laxton managed to effect a sharp run-out to seize victory.

Well done boys!

“Champagne moment” – Sam Smith’s low diving catch.

Colt D

Paired format of eight-a-side

Laxton    237

Witham  261

The Colts came up against a strong batting Laxton squad on Wednesday afternoon with almost perfect weather for a cricket match. Freddie Sumner won the toss and elected to bowl first. The boys bowled well with some terrific overs bowled by Eddie Howells only allowing one run off two overs. Witham held Laxton to 237, which gave the boys confidence heading in to bat. A steady innings from the Colts allowed them to head into the last over with a 15 run lead and only needed to defend their wicket to win the match which Sammy Stokes achieved with ease. Overall there was good sportsmanship all day with plenty of encouragement being passed around and a good start to the season for Colts cricket.