SENIOR CRICKET ROUND UP:

27 May 2016

1ST XI:

Witham Hall lost by 5 wickets to Spratton Hall

On a sunny afternoon at Witham the 1st XI won the toss and chose to bat first against Spratton Hall. A very poor start led to Witham being 41-5 off the first 10 overs. Toby (15) managed to steady the ship and was ably supported by Oliver (11 not out) and Frankie (12 not out). All three boys should be very pleased with their efforts, showing great character and resolve. In the 23rd over the 1st XI were bowled out for 90. Leaving Spratton 91 to win, the boys knew that they were going to need to bowl a consistent line and length at the stumps. James (captain) rotated the bowling well and after 14 overs, Spratton found themselves 65-4. Under pressure and losing wickets, Spratton showed excellent composure didn’t panic and kept the scoreboard ticking. In the 19th over they reached the required total for the loss of 5 wickets. The 1st XI will be disappointed with their batting performance but should take great heart from the way they bowled throughout.  

Witham Hall won by 10 wickets v St Hugh’s

On Saturday the 1st XI cricket team put in a sterling performance against St Hugh’s. Witham won the toss and chose to put St Hugh’s into bat first on a wicket that certainly had a bit in it for the bowlers.

Eshan (2-1 off 3 overs) and James (8-3 off 5 overs) gave the 1st XI a superb platform from which to attack. Hans and Toby came on first change and were both very economical, keeping the pressure on St Hugh’s throughout. Alfie (3-3 off 2 overs) was certainly the standout bowler for Witham, getting plenty of turn and bounce, drawing the opposition batsmen forwards. In the 19th over St Hugh’s were bowled out for 42.

Chasing a small total Toby (20 not out) and Orlando (17 not out) batted with real composure and saw the 1st XI to a 10 wicket victory. Orlando certainly put in his best performance to date with the gloves with 3 superb stumpings – well done.

 

Witham lost to Bedford School by 7 wickets

On a wet but sunny morning at Witham the 1st XI played a strong Bedford School side. Winning the toss, Witham chose to bat first and apply some scoreboard pressure early on.

Losing Toby early we were immediately put under pressure but James (22) batted superbly and was unlucky to not score more, running himself out by trying to get the scoreboard ticking.

Towards the end of the Witham innings, Joe (13) really applied himself well and managed to help the 1st XI to a total of 64. After a quick turnaround the boys were fired up and raring to go.

Early wickets were certainly needed and Eshan (10-1 off 4 overs) and James (11-1 off 3) managed to get those all-important break-throughs. However, Bedford managed to regain their composure

and keep things ticking in their favour reaching the required 64 in the 16th over. We wish Bedford School well in the next round of the cup!

2nd XI:

Spratton Hall 2nd XI (119-4, 17.5 overs) beat

Witham Hall 2nd XI (118-6, 20 overs) by 6 wickets

The 2nd XI enjoyed an entertaining match against Spratton Hall on our sun-baked astroturf. Our boys batted first and posted an impressive 118-6 from 20 overs. The top scorers were Max S (27), Max M (26), Oscar (22*) and Archie S-M (16). Unfortunately, the visitors overtook our total with just 13 balls to spare, with the vast majority of their runs scored by their outstanding opening pair. Harry took two wickets, Archie B and Max M each took one, and Freddie held two excellent catches at mid-off. Will H also deserves much credit for a terrific performance in the field on his 2nd XI debut.

Witham Hall 2nd XI (95-8, 20 overs) beat

Wisbech Grammar U12 A (72 all out, 14.2 overs) by 23 runs

Archie Bingham took an incredible four wickets in four consecutive deliveries to help Witham to a comfortable victory at Wisbech Grammar. Our boys batted first and posted a total of 98 runs, with Max M (16) and Oscar (14) our top scorers. Witham then dismissed the opposing batsmen for just 72; in addition to Archie’s heroics our other wicket-takers were Max S (2), Ollie and Harry, and there were two run-outs. The match ball – signed by our team – was presented to Archie for what will always be a very memorable day!

Stamford U13 B (80-0, 16.3 overs) beat

Witham Hall 2nd XI (77 all out, 18.3 overs) by 10 wickets

The 2nd XI endured a disappointing afternoon in the Stamford drizzle. Asked to bat first, we were dismissed for a total of 77 runs from 18.3 overs. Max S top-scored with 18. Stamford’s opening batsmen comfortably passed Witham’s total with 3½ overs to spare. Despite the obvious quality of the opposition, Witham’s boys did not perform to their capabilities; there is consequently much to work on in training.

3rd XI:

The 3rd XI has enjoyed a win, a draw and two defeats over the last few weeks making for some exciting cricket. They’ve played three different formats all of which have required an increase in tactical awareness and understanding. The side has worked hard to gain greater consistency with bat and ball and there have been noticeable advances in running between the wickets and working hard as a team. Well done!

Witham 47-5 (10 overs) & 50-2 (10 overs)

Spratton 74-2 (10 overs) & 63-1 (10 overs)

Spratton won by 40 runs

This was a game in which both sides competed and coped very well with the several stoppages for rain, the resultant underfoot conditions in the outfield and the distraction of thunder and lightning waiting in the wings most of the afternoon!

In a two innings, ten over format Witham certainly improved over the afternoon, fairing much better in the second innings. Vyvyan Bewley behind the stumps had a fairly tidy afternoon and struck some lusty blows with the bat as well. In the field, Ben Lee, Finn Cordial and Sacha Howells impressed with James Weldon showing more confidence too. In the second innings Spratton found the Witham bowling leaking fewer extras and the exhibition of growing confidence from Will Fairfax, Joey Robinson, Rori Rodell, Ben Marshall and Will Robertson was good to see. All afternoon Callum Was kept everyone alert in the field and he was admirably supported by Chris Bingham.

Three notable moments stood out over the afternoon: firstly the sharp catch by Ben Marshall, Joey’s clean bowling of a Spratton batsman and lastly, the really outstanding partnership of Finn Cordial and Sacha Howells, who ran between the wickets with confidence and clarity to accumulate a very respectable partnership of 37 to round of the afternoon’s cricket.

3rd X lost v Stamford U12B

(pairs game)

The boys played their best in very difficult circumstances, battling the weather as well as the opposition. They fielded well with some excellent wicket keeping from both wicket keepers. There was some accurate bowling from all players but perhaps a lack of consistency! With the bat there were some solid defensive strokes but not many runs were actually scored. The boys are to be commended for keeping up their work rate even when defeat became inevitable.