Colts A v Spratton Hall (home)
13 May 2016
Spratton Hall: 109 for 6
Witham Hall: 110 for 8
Witham Hall win by 2 wickets.
On Saturday 7th May the Colts hosted Spratton Hall and won a tense game in thrilling fasion. Witham won the toss and elected to bowl first. Throughout the innings the Colts boys bowled a good line and length and combined with good work in the field were restricting the Spratton batsmen. All the bowlers bowled very economically and this pressure told as wickets were taken at key intervals, when Spratton were looking to push on. At the end of the innings Witham had restricted Spratton to just 109 for 6 off their 25 overs.
In the second innings Witham were feeling confident of knocking off the runs set and they got off to a very good start with openers Joe Atkinson and Jack Cummins making an opening stand of 34 in the first 5 overs and when the sides broke for tea Witham were 38 for off 6 overs. However after the tea break some very good bowling and fielding from Spratton (as well as some loose shots from Witham) saw them begin to take wickets at regular intervals. With 19 overs gone Witham were reduced to 92 for 8. At this point Witham showed exactly what they were made of, and despite the opening bowlers returning for their final overs a dogged and brave stand by Rory Pepper (10*) and Charlie Rymer (3*) saw Witham score the final 18 runs for the loss of no more wickets; winning the game by two wickets.
The boys will have learned a lot from this game; that chasing down a total even when seemingly below par is never an easy task and that shot selection is key. However, the boys showed outstanding character and determination to see the game through when their backs were against the wall and for that they deserve immense credit. Well done lads.