Witham Hall Cricket and Tennis Update
06 Jun 2017
Witham Hall 1st XI Cricket Team lost by 142 runs to St John’s Cambridge 1st XI Cricket
On a sunny afternoon in Cambridge on a well prepared wicket, the 1st XI chose to bowl first against St John’s Cambridge. Max (4 overs, 25-2) and Alex (4 overs 27-2) both bowled superbly, enabling Witham to take four early wickets, which really put the hosts under pressure. However, St John’s showed an enormous amount of character and put together a couple of impressive partnerships, enabling them to finish with 189 runs off their 20 overs. After a quick tea break, the 1st XI came out to bat, looking to build on previous innings and accumulate more freely than they had done in the past. Max, Finn and Joe all batted with great bravery and Ludo certainly brought the innings to life with a couple of well hit fours. However, with wickets falling too regularly, Witham fell far too short of the required total and were bowled out for 47. We now look forward to playing our first home game of the season against St Hugh’s on Saturday.
Witham Hall 1st XI Cricket Team lost by 4 runs to St Hugh’s
On a glorious sunny afternoon at Witham the 1st XI lost the toss and were asked to bowl first. Spragg (4 overs, 14-1) and Atkinson (4 overs, 33-2) bowled superbly and impressed throughout but unfortunately, with too many catches being dropped, St Hugh’s were able to score 122 off their 20 overs. After a quick tea break, the boys knew that they had plenty of work to do, but pleasingly they held their nerve early on thanks to Max (15) and Archie (55). After 12 overs, Witham were 80-0 and in complete control but with a couple of quick wickets falling, the pressure started to tell. St Hugh’s bowled very well in the latter overs and managed to get over the line with the 1st XI falling 4 runs short. It was a superb game of cricket which highlighted the improvements the boys have been making over the last couple of weeks.
Witham Hall 1st XI Cricket Team lost by 49 runs to Stamford School
On a glorious afternoon at Witham the 1st XI won the toss and chose to field first. Putting in their best display to date with ball in hand, every member of the team bowled economically, ensuring that a good line and length was kept throughout the Stamford innings. Alex (4 overs, 11-2) and George (3 overs, 18-2) were the pick of the bowlers with George bowling particularly well after a spell out with injury and illness. The ground fielding was good, with only a couple of tough catches going down. After 20 overs, Stamford has reached 120-6. After tea, the Witham innings got off to a steady start however, the boys struggled to work the good ball for one and therefore found the run rate creeping ever higher with each over passing. With the format of 20/20 the 1st XI soon realised the need for greater urgency but left it a little too late. Finn (17) was the pick of the batsmen, hitting the ball cleanly throughout. Although a loss was the end result, the boys should certainly not feel disheartened; they performed well and should now be looking to push on in the second half of term after common entrance.
St John's College 2nd XI Cricket Team beat Witham Hall 2nd XI by 44 runs
A spirited batting display by our boys was not enough to overcome St John's mammoth run total. However, Witham can take great encouragement from a terrific score of 65 from opening batsman Felix, who was making his debut for the seconds. Freddie held a great catch at fine leg, Ewan batted a long time for a determined 10, and Hamish impressed with his bowling.
Witham Hall 3rd XII Cricket Team lost by 34 runs to Stamford School
On a glorious afternoon the 3rd XII were beaten by 34 runs in a most enjoyable and competitive game at Stamford. Winning the toss, Witham elected to bat first in a paired format. At the end of their allotted 24 overs Witham (having started with 100) reached a net 181 (having scored 111 and lost six wickets, taking 30 from that score). Again, every batsman contributed, and the progress of recent weeks was important against a good Stamford bowling unit. The home team made a positive start to their innings, but Witham worked hard in the field and contained well, even if wickets were hard to come by. Stamford were able to progress steadily, carefully preserving their wickets. Witham utilised all 11 bowlers in seeking wickets, but Stamford (having started with 100) eventually closed on 215 (scoring 135 for the loss of 4 wickets, taking 20 from that score).
Witham Hall Colts A Cricket Team lost by 7 wickets to St John’s Cambridge Colts A
On Wednesday (10th May) the Colts A welcomed St John’s Cambridge for their first home match of the season. Playing on the main square the Colts lost the toss and were put in to bat. St John’s were straight on the front foot taking 2 quick wickets, from this the Colts struggled to recover as St John’s bowled some very tight lines and remained sharp in the field, restricting the Witham innings to 86 off their 20 overs. The St John’s run chase started in a similar fashion to Witham’s with George taking an early wicket, however positive batting from St John’s saw them chase the runs down for 3 wickets in the 14 over.
Witham Hall Colts A Cricket Team lost to St Hugh’s Colts A
On Saturday 13th May the Colts made the journey up to St Hugh’s and upon losing the toss were put in to bat; starting brightly the Witham innings was going well, with some good positive batting. This continued for the first 10 overs until in the 11th where three wickets were lost in one over, this halted the Witham momentum but a late flurry from Jack and Charlie saw the Colts reach 85 off their 20 overs. The boys started superbly in the second innings, bowling superbly to restrict the opposition to just 15 off the first 10 overs. However, some good St Hugh’s batting saw them get on top as they pushed towards their target of 86. Witham didn’t roll over however and fought right until the very end, taking a flurry of late wickets, with St Hugh’s eventually reaching their target on the final ball of the penultimate over.
Witham Hall Colts B Cricket Team beat St John’s Colts B
The Colts B team demonstrated a real determination from the start. The terrific weather certainly helped set the tone for a good cricket contest. St John’s elected to bowl first in the hope of putting Witham under early pressure to score runs; James and Jack opened the batting and did not disappoint. They were patient, hitting the bad balls to score quick runs and defending the good ones to protect their wicket. St John’s had to work hard for any wickets they took which was six in total. Some solid middle order batting from Witham helped the total reach 137 from 20 overs. Hugo, Henry and Will were the top scorers. The running between the stumps was hugely improved by the whole team; only one run out in the entire innings. The boys were just as determined to prevent St John’s from reaching their total of 137 as they were to achieve that total. Some accurate bowling from the opening few of George, James and Henry meant that St John’s were unable to get the ball away or score runs from extras given. In fact, the total extras given away by Witham was 28, half that of last week’s match against Laxton. Early wickets were taken and the opening pair were bowled and caught out respectively. One additional point to share was the team’s excellent fielding in close, something we have worked to improve, thus putting the opposition under pressure when running the singles. A marvellous early season win, all of which stemmed from a real determination to perform to their very best. Well done, boys!
Round 1: Witham Hall beat Wellingborough by 10 runs
Round 2: Witham Hall beat Spratton Hall by 45 runs
Round 3: Witham Hall beat Akeley Wood by 32 runs
On a sunny afternoon at Spratton Hall, the U9B team put in three sterling performances that led to them winning this annual event. In the first round of matches a slow start saw the boys struggle to get that all important first win. Pleasingly, as the game progressed, they held their nerve, never gave up and managed to win a closely fought contest against Wellingborough. In the second round, it was obvious that the U9B’s had really found their stride and with bat hand, were hitting some ferocious shots to the boundary off the Spratton Hall bowlers. At this stage in the tournament we were 2 wins from 2 games. In our final game we played with no fear, chasing down the required runs with many balls to spare against Akeley Wood. All the U9B team can be immensely proud of their achievements – well done indeed!
Witham Hall U8B Cricket Team beat Laxton Junior School U8B by 39 runs
On a grey afternoon at Witham the U8B’s put in a sterling performance with both bat and ball against Laxton Junior School. The boys bowled first and every single one of them bowled a good line and length. At times, the accuracy of the delivery did waver but what was lovely to see was the way in which they all persevered and stuck at the task in hand, listening closely to any advice given. Upon completing their innings, Laxton had amassed a total of 254 runs, a tough target to chase down. A quick turnaround and it was the U9B teams turn to bat. Using the paired format, everyone got ample opportunity to try and score runs for the team. Each pair batted for 4 overs and what was most impressive, was the running in between the wickets and our ability to put the bad ball away for 4. As the Witham innings came to a close, we had scored 293, winning the game by 39 runs. Well done to all those who took part and thank you to the parents for coming to support.
Repton Tennis Invitational
The Witham team certainly played to their standard and beyond on another great day out at Repton School. The competition was extremely fierce with every pair improving as the day went on. A special mention must go to Matilda and Poppy who reached the semi-final and just missed out on the final with a very tense tie break. Bonnie and Ella, matching last year, won through to the final but were thwarted once again by a very strong Foremarke pair. The Witham team were a pleasure to take and they certainly improved, learning a lot from such a prestigious tournament setting. A huge thank you must go to the parents for all their continued support and to Repton for such a wonderful day.
Ella & Bonnie
Won 4 and lost in the Final
George & Oli W
Won 3 and lost 1
Bella & Rose
Won 1 and lost 3
Poppy & Matilda
Won 4 and lost in the semi-final
Charlie & Oscar
Won 2 and lost 2
Jack & Henry
Won 2 and lost 2