Witham Colts A go from strength to strength!

27 May 2016

Colts A v Spratton Hall (home)

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 fashion. 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 restricted 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 the Witham boys 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; 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.

St Hugh’s: 90 for 8

Witham Hall: 92 for 8

Witham Hall win by 2 wickets

On Saturday 14th May the Colts A made the journey over to St Hugh’s. Winning the toss and electing to bowl Witham bowled and fielded extremely well.  The bowlers bowled with good line and length and the fielders kept the pressure on the St Hugh’s batsmen. At the end of the innings Witham had restricted St Hugh’s to 90-4 off just 20 overs.

Witham made a promising start to the run chase, scoring 8 off the first over; however, losing 3 wickets in the second over soon put the Witham batsmen on the back foot. Despite maintaining a good run rate Witham were losing wickets at regular intervals; too many rash shots were being played by the Witham batsmen. However on 56 for 8 George Weaving was joined at the crease by Louis Batty and some powerful hitting from both saw them edge towards their target of 91. In the 16th over Witham scored 12 runs to get them over the line and win the game by 2 wickets, with both boys playing superb innings to get us into a winning position.

This game was won due to the excellence of the bowling and fielding of the boys, and although work needs to be done on the batting it remains a good win and one to build on for the next game against Stamford.

Colts A v Stamford JS (away)

Colts A win by 24 runs

On Saturday 21st May the Colts A made the short journey to Stamford JS. After two nerve-shredding wins Witham lost the toss and were put in to bat first. With two quick opening bowlers for Stamford, Witham took advantage of this by running many byes before the first wicket was lost in the third over. Witham continued to score a steady rate and lost further wickets in the sixth and ninth overs. The third wicket brought the partnership of Alex Spragg (33) and Oli Allport (24) together. Batting superbly, both boys scored at a high rate and stayed together for eight overs, putting on an  excellent partnership of 52 that really put Witham on the front foot. By the time this partnership was broken Witham were looking good at 106 for 4 off 16 overs. In the final overs Witham continued to push the runs and finished 124 for 5 off their 20 overs.

The second innings started brightly for Witham, restricting the Stamford batsmen. However in the 4th and 5th overs their opening pair began to push the run rate, although just as the partnership was getting going Oli Allport (3-15) took the first Stamford wicket, followed by 2 in 2 in his next over, reducing Stamford from 32-0 to 45-3. From here on in Witham remained in control of the game, taking 4 wickets in the next 5 overs. Alex Spragg taking a superb 2-0 and further wickets came from Max St John (1-6), George Weaving (1-16) and Harry Leverton (1-3). Although the tail wagged for Stamford in the final 4 overs the Witham total was never in danger, Stamford eventually finishing 100-9 off their 20 overs.

This was an outstanding win for the Colts who maintained their usual high standards of bowling and fielding but they also showed much more with the bat; playing clever shots and waiting for the balls to score from. This was the most complete performance to date and the boys should be extremely proud of their efforts so far this season.

Colts A vs Ranby House (Worksop Prep)

Witham Hall 127-1 off 20 overs

Ranby House 66-1 off 20 overs

Witham Hall win by 61 runs

Wednesday 25th May. The Colts A welcomed Ranby House (Worksop Prep) for the final cricket fixture before half term. Witham won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers Joe Atkinson and Rory Pepper got off to a steady start; batting sensibly and building a solid opening partnership before Atkinson was dismissed with the score on 31. Pepper was joined at the crease by Sam Beattie who continued this measured approach. Pepper began to push the score along at a quicker rate and Beattie was supporting him ably; Pepper eventually retiring on 38*. For the final 3 overs of the innings Beattie was joined by Alex Spragg who looked to push the run rate further. Beattie carried his bat to the end of the innings finishing 19* and Spragg 8*. Witham finished 127-1 in what was a very solid and well-paced innings.

Witham started well with the ball, bowling wicket-to-wicket and combined with the now expected high standards in the field Witham kept the Ranby run rate to a minimum. Throughout the innings Witham were well disciplined with their bowling and bowled with great accuracy and gave the Ranby batsmen very few opportunities to score. Ranby finished the innings 66-1.

Another excellent performance from the Colts A, who are growing in stature with each game. Well done lads.