Witham Hall Cricket Update

06 Jun 2018

1st Team

Result

Witham Hall 1st XI lost by 9 wickets to Worksop College 1st XI

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On a batting paradise on Wednesday afternoon, the 1st XI struggled to score freely in the opening 10 overs of the match. This was largely down to some very good opening bowling from Worksop College. At 37-4 off 10 overs the 1st team found themselves under a lot of pressure, however, Oliver (38) and George (34 not out) turned the game on its head and batted superbly, running hard in between the wickets and putting the bad ball away for four time and time again. Unfortunately all good things come to an end and in the 15th over Oliver fell. However, Harry (10) supported George towards the end of the innings and we managed to reach 119-6 off 20 overs. After a quick tea break, Worksop came out to bat and put in a fine display. Losing one wicket, their number 2 and 3 hit 44 not out and 74 not out to reach the required total in the 15th over. The boys learnt a valuable lesson and that is, against quality batsmen you only get a couple of chances and you must take them. We now look forward to playing Foremarke Hall on Saturday.

Result

Witham Hall 1st XI lost by 4 runs to Foremarke Hall 1st XI

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On a glorious sunny afternoon at Foremarke Hall the 1st XI won the toss and chose to bowl first. Our hosts got off to an explosive start, running in between the wickets with enormous purpose, going at 7 or 8 an over.

However, with three spinners in the side, the 1st XI were taking wickets at regular intervals with Angus (19-4 off 5 overs) and Alex (17-3 off 4 overs) the picks of the bowlers. This coupled with an impressive fielding display enabled them to bowl Foremarke out for 108 in the 19th over. This was a top effort against a strong side. After the tea break, the boys knew that the required run rate of 4.32 was very much achievable. Foremarke Hall got off to a strong start, restricting the 1st XI to 23-1 off the first 10 overs. This was no disaster but the boys knew that they had to move things on after seeing the openers off. Alex (44) did a sterling job opening and was ably supported by Angus (34 not out), his highest score of the term so far. With a quick 13 from Oli, it was going to be a nerve-racking ending. In the last over, the 1st XI needed 7 to win but fell just short. It was a wonderful afternoon of cricket and the boys should be immensely proud of the way they performed. I really could not have asked more of them.

Result

Witham Hall 1st XI lost by 49 runs to Stamford School U13A

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On Wednesday afternoon the 1st XI cricket team made the short trip to Stamford School. Stamford won the toss and chose to bat first. After 10 overs they found themselves 66-1, running extremely well in between the wickets and putting the bad ball away for 4. Pleasingly, the Witham bowling attack kept things tight in the final 10 overs with some superb fielding and impressive bowling. Harry (25-2 off 4 overs) and Alex (20-2 off 4 overs) were the pick of the bowlers, well done. After 20 overs, Stamford were 119-6. A quick turnaround again saw the 1st XI off to a slow start, finding themselves 31-3 off the first 10. With wickets falling at regular intervals and partnerships not being made, the run rate kept growing and in the 20th over, Witham were bowled out for 70. Oli (20) and Charlie (13) were the top scorers. It was a disappointing way to end this half of term but the boys must look to bounce back after a week off.

2nd Team

Result

Witham Hall 2nd XI (46-1, 6.5 overs) beat Worksop College (45-6, 20 overs) by 9 wickets

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Our seconds won their third match from three with a dominant display at Worksop. Restricting the hosts to just 45 runs from 20 overs, the boys passed the target with ease in just the seventh over. Rory took three wickets, George and Felix each took one and Richard had a hand in a run-out. George then top-scored with an unbeaten 20.

Result

Foremarke Hall (106-8, 19.5 overs) beat Witham Hall 2nd XI (102-6, 20 overs) by 2 wickets

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The boys succumbed to defeat for the first time this season after a close-fought contest in the Derbyshire sunshine. Witham batted first and posted 102 from their 20 overs. Harry top scored with 38, and George and Ludo were both unbeaten on 16 and 13 respectively. It took Foremarke until the penultimate delivery of their innings to pass Witham’s total in what was a tremendously exciting climax to the afternoon. Ben, Hamish and Jack each took two wickets; Sam, Felix, Rory and Eddie all held catches; and Felix and Will both achieved run-outs. A disappointing result for Witham but a thoroughly enjoyable match nonetheless for players and spectators alike.

Result

Stamford (104 all out, 19.5 overs) beat Witham Hall 2nd XI (80 all out, 15 overs) by 24 runs

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The seconds produced a disappointing batting display at Stamford to lose by 24 runs. The home team batted first and were eventually dismissed in the final over of the innings for 104. Hamish took three wickets; Jack and Felix each took two; and George, Ben and Ludo all took one. Catches were held by Rory, Hamish and Ben. Despite chasing a very achievable target, Witham’s batsmen were unable to play with the required discipline: too many were bowled out whilst trying to play across the line. Eddie was the only player to reach double figures with 18*. Important lessons will have to be learned for the second half of the season!

3rd Team

Result

3rd XI beat Foremarke Hall by 83 runs

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Blue skies over the main square amounted to pretty much perfect conditions for the Thirds on Saturday, and a supportive and enthusiastic audience were to enjoy the cricket to come. Witham were asked to bat, and while early wickets did little to inspire confidence, the arrival of Freddie (27) and Sam (26) brought the scoring to a more purposeful tempo, and Witham were finally bowled out in the twenty-fifth over for 161. The response in the field after tea suggested that the boys were keen to see the cup final: only one Foremarke batsman achieved double figures, with Ben picking up four wickets in just two overs. They were finally bowled out for 78, representing a resounding victory for Witham and, moreover, a fine afternoon of cricket for all involved.

Result

3rd XI lost to Stamford U13C by 4 runs

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In a match between two very different sides, there was little to divide the respective scores. Stamford elected to bat first and the wind made life difficult for our bowlers, but neither were they helped by four easy chances put down in the field. With a slow outfield meaning that boundaries were a rarity, Stamford’s total of 121 looked to be a challenging one. Yet Witham’s response was perky and enterprising: taking advantage of a sloppy and occasionally fractious field, runs were made successfully whence they might least be expected. Finn (20) and Freddie H (19) marshalled the innings superbly. However, too many shots were pleasing on the eye but died agonisingly short of the boundary, and despite the game going down to the last ball, Witham eventually finished four runs behind Stamford’s total.

Colts A Cricket

Result

Colts A lost to Foremarke Hall Colts A by 7 wickets

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Batting first the Witham boys got off to an excellent start, maintaining a good run rate against a strong Foremarke bowling attack, with good scores coming from captain Jack (20) and Rafe (27). However, we began losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bowled out for a respectable 100. In response, the Colts A’s bowled well and restricted the Foremarke opening pair and took some early wickets, however, the Witham boys were unable to maintain the momentum with Foremarke eventually knocking off the total for the loss of 3 wickets.

Colts A @ Stowe Festival Report

On Sunday afternoon the Colts boys made the journey to the annual Stowe 10/10 Festival. In a tough group, the Colts A’s lost a very close game to Beachborough, falling 6 runs short of their total of 79. In the second group game, we were well beaten by eventual winners Summerfields. In the final group game, the boys were again on the wrong end of a very close contest, going down by just 5 runs to Lambrook. In the final game of the day, the Colts A’s put in an excellent performance and won by 10 wickets against Buckingham Town CC.

Result

Colts A lost to Worksop Prep Colts A by 5 runs

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On the final Wednesday before half term the Colts A boys were out on the main square against Worksop Prep. Losing the toss and bowling first, the Witham boys were up against a strong batting line up and despite restricting Worksop well at the start of the innings, some loose bowling began to cost us as the Worksop batsmen hit their stride, finishing their innings 158-9. The Witham run chase began superbly, with Rafe and Oscar setting an opening partnership of 46 before Oscar fell. With Freddie coming to the crease the runs continued to flow, with Rafe retiring after scoring his maiden half century (52*) soon to be followed by Fredie (50*).  After this the run rate began to slow and despite doing some excellent work to get them in a potentially winning position, the Colts A’s fell just short of the total, finishing 153-3.

Colts B Cricket

Result

Colts B beat Fairfield U10A by 8 wickets

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Under overcast conditions, Colts B put in an impressive performance to earn a comfortable victory over Fairfield. Captain Charlie won the toss and chose to bowl. Accurate lines and tight fielding meant that Fairfield were restricted to 86 runs from their 20 overs. With the bat, Harry P was forthright from the outset, and retired sportingly on 25, with Louis doing likewise later in the innings. The game concluded as a comfortable victory for Witham with only two wickets put down and four overs to spare: a pleasing performance all round.

Colts C Cricket

Result

Colts C beat Fairfield by 6 runs

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A cold wind blew on the astro on Wednesday, but that didn’t deter the Colts C as they took to the field to open the bowling against Fairfield. Nat & Freddie opened the bowling and made an impressive start, with Freddie taking two wickets in his first over. The strong bowling continued and Archie took another wicket. Henri, Noah, Wilf and Seb all bowled with great accuracy and kept the Fairfield batsmen on their toes. In the field Angus, as Captain, instructed his team well. Cecil and Aidan fielded well and Ben did a sterling job as wicket keeper. Fairfield accumulated a very respectable 120 runs. The Colts C went into bat and did a super job making 126 runs. A win by 6 runs for the Colts C and a great start to their season.

Result

Colts C lost to Foremarke Hall by 36 runs

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On a very hot afternoon, the Colts C made the long journey to Foremarke Hall. Their opposition were an U11B team and we knew this would be a challenging match for the Witham boys. Foremarke went into bat first and Wilf opened the bowling for Witham. Overall, the accuracy of our bowling was mixed and we did give Foremarke a lot of extra runs because of this. However, our general fielding was quite good but Foremarke’s batsmen were able to capitalise on poorer deliveries and put them away for 4 runs. At the end of the innings, Foremarke had scored 101 runs. After tea, Witham opened the batting with Angus & Noah. The speed and accuracy of the Foremarke bowlers made life very difficult for the Witham batsmen and runs were hard to come by. It was a valiant effort by all the Witham boys but the opposition were simply too strong for us on this occasion. A respectable 65 runs were scored and I have no doubt that the Colts C’s learned a lot from this match today.

Result

Colts C lost to Worksop College by 26 runs

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With the sun shining, the Colts C took to the astro to play Worksop U11B’s. Worksop won the toss and opted to field first. Wilf and Cecil opened the batting and it wasn’t long before Witham got off the mark with their first runs. Johnny & Noah then stepped into bat, hitting a couple of 4’s to keep the Witham score ticking over. The Worksop fielders fielded well and their bowlers made it challenging for the Witham batsmen to score runs. At the end of the 1st innings, Witham had scored 58 runs. After tea, Witham took to the field and Archie opened the bowling. Confident batsmen put away any bad ball and over after over, the Worksop score increased. Despite this, we had some excellent bowling displays from Wilf & Leo, who both maintained a high level of accuracy. Wickets were also taken by Seb. Worksop scored 84 runs and won the match, but despite this, the Colts C can be proud of their performance with better discipline in the field and an all-round better approach to the game.

U9/8 Cricket @ Kimbolton Prep School

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On Thursday afternoon the U9 and U8 boys travelled to Kimbolton Prep School to play four matches. With the sun shining bright, three of the four Witham teams batted first and all got off to good starts, hitting the bad balls with real power to the boundary. In the U8 game, the boys bowled first and every single one of them bowled some good deliveries. After a quick turnaround with each game finely poised, the cricket continued. Like Witham, Kimbolton put the bad balls away but also ran well in between the wickets. For all their endeavour with the ball in hand, the U9 teams struggled in the field, with a few lapses in concentration leading to easy runs for their opponents. This is something we will certainly work on in the up and coming weeks. In the U8 match, the Witham boys were running very well in between the wickets but were struggling to find the boundary. As each game concluded, Witham had won one and lost three. However, each match was very close indeed and we look forward to welcoming Kimbolton in the return fixture later on in the term.

U9/8 Cricket @ Leicester Grammar Junior School

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The U9/8 cricket teams endured a tough but thoroughly enjoyable afternoon at Leicester Grammar Junior School on Thursday. Playing the paired format, the bowling from all Witham sides was very good indeed as was the ground fielding. Unfortunately, at times, the U9/8’s struggled a little more with the bat in hand, unable to make regular, clean contact with the ball. This was in part down to some super bowling by our opponents but also because we were taking our eyes off the ball; something we will work on after half term. With quite a few wickets falling in each match and runs being lost, three of the Witham teams were narrowly beaten with the U9/8 A’s wining a closely fought contest. All of the Year 3 and 4 boys should be very proud of what they have achieved this half of term, they have been an absolute pleasure to take to all fixtures.