28 Jun 2016

Colts B:

Colts B V Spratton

Witham won by two wickets

The Colts travelled to Spratton on Saturday leaving in lovely sunshine.  Spratton batted first with thunder rumbling around the ground. Excellent bowling by everyone on the Witham team meant that Spratton were only able to score slowly. George Vergerson –Rowley  bowled extremely straight and deservedly made an early break through. He was ably supported by Harry Leverton who took two wickets in his overs. Ben Price, Guy Hurst James Fairfax, Felix Starkey and Ludo Elborne all bowled accurately without taking a wicket. James Wass was extremely economical, bowling a Spratton batsman with his first ball and taking an excellent caught and bowled. Angus Gordon –Stewart and Ben Armitage both took important wickets in their overs. George bowled the crucial last overs taking one wicket for four runs.

After a couple of overs in the Witham innings, a thunder storm broke making the players run for cover. This break disrupted the Witham boy’s concentration resulting in two run outs. In spite of this the score board was kept ticking over. After another break for a down-pour Eddie Dickens took control and scored some impressive boundaries. Some wayward bowling from Spratton gave away a number of unnecessary runs and with one of his first hits of his innings Hamish hit a loose ball for four to win the match. This was an excellent team performance with every boy making a positive contribution.

Colts B v Kimbolton U10A 

Witham won by 24 runs

 Kimbolton batted first in the first home game in the walled garden. Very consistent and accurate bowling from all of the Witham boys meant that Kimbolton found it difficult to score runs. Wickets fell regularly with the majority of the Witham team taking a wicket. Excellent fielding instigated a run out with a direct hit from Ludo Elbourne. Again Eddie Dickens kept wicket extremely well and took two impressive catches.

Witham’s openers batted solidly before retiring half way through the innings. All of the boys batted and contributed to the score but Witham were emphatic winners. This was an impressive all-round performance with everyone making a positive contribution to the match.

Colts C:

Spratton 266

Witham 176

Paired format of 12-a-side starting at 100

Witham faced a very tough Spratton side on Saturday afternoon at Spratton Hall. Witham lost the toss and Spratton elected to bowl first, sending in our openers to get out to a solid start. As the innings wore on the boys’ decision making when running between wickets hurt the scoreboard; however they still kept putting up runs with some sturdy batting. They ended up on 176 which put the pressure on the boys to bowl well. Spratton got out to a quick start with the bat with some early boundaries. However the weather didn’t work in Witham’s favour with having to stop play for 30 minutes because of rain. When they returned to the pitch Spratton seemed to take control of the game with some very strong batting and ended up on 266. The Witham boys fought hard all the way to the last ball and fielded exceptionally well all game.

St Hugh’s Colts B: 264

Witham Hall:        340

Paired format of 10-a-side starting at 200

The Colts C came up against a skilled St Hugh’s B side on Saturday afternoon at home. St Hugh’s won the toss and sent Finn Wass and Freddie Sumner into bat first, who ended up making a mammoth 43 runs from 4 overs featuring some excellent straight drives. The rest of the boys kept the scoreboard ticking over with some exceptional batting and good work protecting their wicket. The boys ended up on a massive total of 340 runs having only lost one wicket during the innings. This put the pressure on St Hugh’s to bat well.

St Hugh’s got out to a slow start due to some tight bowling from Sam Smith, Richard Tomlinson and George Alford, only managing 232 halfway through their innings. As the game went on Witham did not give St Hugh’s a chance to make a comeback, with the final over featuring a double wicket maiden by the Colts C captain Richard Tomlinson for them to finish up on 264. Congrats to the Colts C on a tremendous game and also getting the win. Well played boys!!

Worksop Prep, Ranby House Colts B 270

Witham Hall                                        334

Paired format game of 20 overs

Batting first Ranby scored at a respectable rate aided and abetted by messrs extras, but they lost frequent wickets along the way due to some excellent catching by Sam Smith and two superb direct run-out hits by George Alford and Hugo Shippey.

In reply the Witham batting was irresistible, and by the time the third pair had retired, the boys were only one from the Ranby total. Sammie Stokes and Kit Parkinson made a steady start to be succeeded by Freddie Sumner and Johnny Hall who really accelerated to threaten the Ranby total; thereafter Sam Smith and Eddie Howells took Witham within sight of their goal.

The pairing of Richard Tomlinson and Hugo Shippey put the game beyond doubt with a super 34 partnership and George Alford and Esa Khalid polished the performance with a measured and sensible 31 from their four overs to ensure a comprehensive victory.

Well done boys!


Witham Hall v Stamford JS

Lost by 32 runs

On a beautiful sunny morning at Witham the U9A cricket team batted first in the walled garden against Stamford Junior School. All the boys took their singles very well indeed but struggled to put the bad ball away.

After 16 overs the U9A’s had scored 244 which was a super effort considering the very accurate bowling by Stamford. With the ball in hand, the U9A’s got stronger and stronger as the Stamford innings progressed. All eight Witham boys gave it their all but couldn’t quite keep some of the very strong, big hitting Stamford players at bay. Stamford ended their innings with a total of 276. What was most noticeable was the camaraderie and sportsmanship shown throughout the match. Well done to all those who took part.

U9A to Laxton Mini Competition

Matches were played v Stamford JS, Laxton JS and Brooke Priory

The boys were given a target - ‘protect your wicket!’  They did just that and in fact only lost 4 wickets across all their three matches. Moreover, the communication between the two batsmen improved with each game and comments from other coaches were positive and complimentary regarding how good our boys were at not trying to force a silly run!  The bowling was accurate and we only gave away 15 extras (30 runs) across all three matches too.  The fielding was sharper as each game passed and one or two close run outs were awarded in their favour as a result.

 Overall, the U9A team enjoyed two wins against Laxton (who beat Stamford) and Brooke Priory with a narrow defeat to Stamford (by 16 runs). This was a terrific achievement considering the disruption to their fixtures recently due to bad weather. All the boys were a credit to the school and played with such team spirit. 


Stamford 294

Witham 274

Paired format of eight-a-side

The U9B’s faced Stamford for a 16 overs a side match. Stamford won the toss and elected to bat first which sent the Witham boys into bowl. The Witham boys put on display some excellent fielding, especially Thomas Tate and Atan Hussain and there were some outstanding diving saves too stopping several boundaries. Witham held Stamford to 294, with help from some excellent bowling from Ned Burford who only allowed one run from two overs which also featured a double wicket maiden.

With Witham heading into bat and needing a high run rate, they found themselves in trouble early on before Fred Shippey, Charlie Selkin and Ned Burford started finding the boundaries and putting runs on the scoreboard. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to chase Stamford’s total and Witham lost by 20 runs. Overall it was a very impressive game from both sides with some brilliant cricket played throughout the morning.

The Peterborough School U9A 286

Witham Hall   U9B                     253

Paired format of 8-a-side starting at 200

On Wednesday afternoon, Witham faced a Peterborough side that were in a confident mood. Having lost the toss Witham were sent in to bat first and, despite suffering from a slow start to the match during which we lost a few wickets, we slowly built momentum and looked on course to set a decent target for Peterborough to chase. However some excellent bowling from Peterborough meant that Witham struggled to gain more than a few singles, not helped by a slow outfield. Despite this the boys were able to set a respectable target of 253.

Witham went out to field very confidently knowing that they are a talented fielding team and started off the game very well only allowing the odd single. Unfortunately the boys couldn’t keep up the outstanding bowling for long enough as Peterborough quickly put runs on the scoreboard to finish off their innings on 286. Well done to both teams on an excellent game and well done on the exceptional display of sportsmanship throughout.


Witham Hall win v Stamford Junior School

 Bathed in sunshine, the Under 9 C team had an early fixture against Stamford and they played some very impressive cricket. Bowling first, Witham restricted the Stamford team to just short of 200 with some impressive bowling from Hugo and field positions made by captain, Ned. When Witham went into bat, it was clear they were in the ascendancy as they only lost one wicket and exceeded their opposition’s score comfortably to win by 27 runs. A fine win and one that was thoroughly deserved.

Witham Hall win v The Peterborough School U9B

The Under 9 C team had a tremendous afternoon of cricket on Wednesday as they won handsomely against a tenacious Peterborough team. Nat batted well to give Witham a super total to defend to start off with. In the field, Hugo was ruthless in taking some unbelievable catches with George bowling a superb first over in particular with a double wicket maiden. In the field Angus and Harry were always attacking the ball with Wilf and Henri improving their bowling dramatically. Johnny bowled three super overs to limit the opposition, ensuring they finished well short of their 315 run total. Well done boys on a very impressive victory!