U13 v Chesham
The U13s played their first League game of the season at home to Chesham. It had been a struggle to get a team but finally we were able to field a full eleven.
Fielding first we got off to a good start with a wicket in the first over. However, the Chesham number three put bat to ball in an aggressive manner and soon got to retirement at 30. From then on Chesham lost wickets regularly and runs were reduced to a dribble. Chesham's last wicket stand made the score respectable and Winchmore Hill was set a target
of 84 to record their first win of the season.
Alex Egan and Jacob Moore set the foundation with a fine first wicket partnership. Alex retired on 31 and after the loss of another wicket Jacob and Bear Dunster saw the team home with six overs to spare.
The bowlers did a fine job, Libby Bakkes, Huw Davies and Ollie Marshall being the pick. There were two excellent catches from Ollie Marshall and Sam Miller.
The ground fielding was patchy but all in all it was a very promising outing for the U13s.
U10 v Penn and Tylers Green
Conditions were awful but it was decided that play could go on. WH lost the toss and were put in to bat. The Penn and Tylers Green opening bowler was quick and accurate and sadly we lost two wickets in the first four overs. However, we rallied and each pair did their best to move the scoreboard on. After our allocated 16 overs our score was 242, not a huge score but with some good bowling it was something we could protect. Spencer Wright had a marvellous first two overs bowling accurately and grabbing two wickets. All our bowlers bowled well and Penn and Tylers had to work hard for their runs. Sadly our fielding let us down which allowed the opposition to sneak many singles which put them on the road to victory.. But it was close and the loss was only 9 runs. It was a good first match for the U10s. We may not have won but there were plenty of positives for us in the game. Well done to Rocco who had his first match for the Club and did extremely well.
U13 v Wendover
WH batted first on the artificial surface. Jacob and Sam put on 43 for the first wicket when Sam exited playing an ambitious shot across the line. Jacob anchored the innings but eventually he had to retire on 32 when the score was 92. James, batted 3 and he played an aggressive little innings including a 6. Hugo's innings was brief and he was replaced by Huw. Alex batted aggressively his innings containing 6 fours and he retired on 31 having only faced 20 balls.. Oli made a brief 7 and Huw 8 and the final total of 182 included a generous helping of wides and no balls from the opposition.
Everybody contributed to the bowling. Libby was, as usual, very tidy only conceding 8 runs in 3 overs as was James who had the same figures. Jacob snared 2 wickets and Tom and Freddie one a piece . Honours in the field went to Sam who took 2 splendid catches and threw the stumps down for an impressive run out.
Everybody contributed to a comfortable 19 run victory.
U10 v Wooburn
This U10 match was blessed with beautiful weather unlike last week's damp affair.
WH fielded first and it wasn't long before the first wicket fell, courtesy of a clean bowled from Fouzi. Henry bowled with great accuracy but was unlucky not to take a wicket. The third pairing bowlers of Aarman and Spencer had to be seen to be believed! Armaan took 6 wickets for 2 runs, all clean bowled, a spell of bowling which is unlikely to be matched again this season. Spencer chipped in with one wicket. The Wooburn innings was on its knees! Aarman took yet another wicket, courtesy of a catch from Spencer, in his final spell and the Wooburn innings finished on 195.
The WH innings did not start promisingly. A comedic effort at running between the wickets from Thomas and Rocco ended up with a run out then Thomas managed to lose his wicket twice more with ambitious shots. It mattered not. Thomas and Rocco redeemed themselves with four boundaries and the total ended on 208. Armaan and Jackson continued to push up the total not losing a wicket. Spencer and Fouzi faced some indifferent bowling including 8 wides and two no balls but again did not lose a wicket. Henry and Rocco completed the innings, again without losing a wicket, and the score had reached an impressive 303, a 108 run victory. Brilliant, well done U10s.
U13 v Ley Hill Cup Game
This was the U13s second outing of the week, this time away at Ley Hill for a Cup encounter. WH lost the toss and batted first. It was an impressive display. Alex and Jacob were punishing dispatching any loose Ley Hill bowling to the boundary. Jacob's innings was more circumspect but Alex made short work of getting his 30 runs, 5 fours and one 6 in his total. Jacob also retired on a well struck 31. The foundation of the innings had been built. Sam hit 29 and Oli hit a pleasing looking 26 not out. Bear scored 19 not out and he and Oli ran between the wickets very well. The WH total ended on 179.
Jack and Libby opened the bowling and their accuracy meant Ley Hill did not get off to a good start. Both took wickets. James continued the good work taking one wicket in his first spell for only 6 runs. Huw took two wickets and Bear one before James and Libby came back for their second spells and cleaned up the tail. There were three good catches from Huw, Jacob and Alex. Ley Hill's total of 106 was well short leaving WH looking at opposition from the north of the county in the next round.
An all round great performance and hopes of progressing to the U13 Cup final....fingers crossed!
U10 v Coleshill
Putting the disappointment of a couple of cancelled matches behind them the U10s were keen to show their skills away against Coleshill. Henry was captain for the match and our 9 players batted first. Our first pair of Matthew and Nicholas were cautious to start with but grew in confidence to keep their wickets in tact and put on 22 runs. Armaan and Rocco had a torrid time facing some accurate bowling but in between wickets falling there were some great cricket shots. Henry and Fouzi's four overs were quiet by comparison, not many runs scored but no wickets were taken. Fouzi stayed at the wicket to pair with Jack and apart from a silly run out the pair batted sensibly. Our last pair once again faced some accurate bowling but advanced the score to 260, a score which we felt we could defend.
Our bowling and fielding is improving week by week and there really was not a stand out performer, all contributed. Coleshill's fourth pair suffered the most. Five wickets fell, three to splendid catches. Coleshill's fifth pair tried hard to repair the damage but once again our bowlers prevailed and the team ran out comfortable 17 run victors. A great victory against our local rivals. (Particularly sweet as our men were trounced by Coleshill on Saturday!) Following the game we all rushed home for some much needed refreshment.
U13 Cup SemiFinal v Great Brickhill
Brickhill were 'bricking it' half way through this Cup encounter after being bowled out by WH for only 80 after only 14 overs. GB won the toss and elected to bat.Their thoughts, I am sure, were of a large total to defend. WH produced one of the best fielding display seen on Penn House Park for some years. Bear started the ball rolling with an excellent run out of one of the opening pair. The GB no. 3 then bludgeoned his way to a rapid 31 (retired) before the WH bowlers took over and wickets fell regularly. Oli C-K's pace disconcerted the Brickhill batsmen snaring three wickets for 7 runs, Jacob chipped in with two and Jack D cleaned up the last wicket. But, undoubtedly, highlight of the innings was a spectacular pick up and direct throw down of the stumps by Sam which sent B's no.5 back to the pavilion.
Hopes were high that a victory was on the cards. A mere four per over was needed. WH knew that B would come hard at them and so it was. An air of nervousness surrounded the WH team and players who normally bat with freedom seem to seize up. B smelt blood and the wickets began to tumble. Accurate bowling and misjudged strokes combined to leave WH's innings in tatters. Even when there was a slight ray of hope as Jacob began to put bat to ball this was cut short by a silly run out. Only 33 runs were scored. Brickhill's bowlers won the day.
So, a brave effort. Our players will have learnt plenty from this game. Next task...win the league and then we will have something to celebrate.
U10 v Beaconsfield
There was good news, bad news then more good news before this game. The good news was it had stopped raining, the sun was out and the Beaconsfield ground was fit for play. The bad news was that our star spinner, Fouzi, was ill and could not play. However, good news followed when one of our newer members, Ajay, was able to play. Hurrah....full team!
Beaconsfield's team was their girls' team. Remember the girls can be two years older so we were expecting a battle. Last year's game had gone right to the wire.
The opposition had more than enough players so we agreed to play 10 a side with our bowlers being able to bowl extra overs and two boys able to have an additional 4 overs batting.
We fielded first. The team struck early with a run out in the very first over. Four more wickets fell in the first four overs with Henry and Rocco showing their accuracy. Liam and Ajay continued with the accurate bowling and although no wickets fell few runs were scored. Armaan and Jackson's four overs provided another two wickets, one run out and a bowled by Jackson. The next four overs provided another clatter of wickets as Nick and Spencer picked up four, one a fine catch from Spencer. The final four overs added another two wickets, Henry proving too accurate for Beaconsfield. Thirteen wickets fell and the score reached only 185, in reality -15!
The performance in the field was a great improvement on our last outing at Coleshill. The bowlers bowled fewer wides and the fielding was much sharper.
WH's batsmen took to the field with great optimism. Armaan and Jackson got the team off to a good start putting on 27 runs without losing a wicket. It must be said that the girls' bowling was not particularly straight which meant it was hard to hit. Henry and Rocco moved the score onto 253 without losing a wicket and Liam and Ajay continued the good work, Liam hitting the first 4 of the innings. The score had reached 280 when Spencer and Nick strode to the wicket. The girls bowling had become a little more accurate but Spencer hit the boundary three times and despite the pair losing a wicket the score topped 299. Ajay and Jackson took the opportunity of batting again. The shot of the day came when Ajay lifted a straight drive over the bowler's head for 4. Again the score advanced although the girls did grab one more wicket. Final score......319! A win by 134 runs. Now that is a crushing victory.
Yet another rung on the ladder of progress achieved but the players must not be complacent. There will be bigger challenges to come!
U15 v Stokenchurch
At last it was the U15's chance to play a match. The rain stayed away and the weather turned out to be very pleasant for a friendly game of cricket.
WH batted first but struggled to make 101 in their 20 overs. There were decent contributions from James Hanrahan and Sam Richmond but no-one went on to make the significant contribution required.
However, with runs on the board and some accurate bowling there was always a chance. Sadly it was not to be as the Stokenchurch opener carried his bat for 44 and sadly a generous contribution of wides took the opposition to a comfortable 8 wicket win. Dan Hanrahan did well to take 2 for 16 , James H was very economical and Thomas Brown took a wicket. All our players were able to bat, bowl or both so it was a good run out for all.
U13 v Bledlow Ridge
After the disappointment of the Cup game the team was all set to resume the league programme. Bledlow batted first and once again a very tidy bowling and fielding performance restricted Bledlow to 84 runs. All the bowlers were economical some unlucky not to take wickets. But thanks to some gret catching Hugo, Huw and Bear picked up wickets.
Four an over did not seem a hard task but the WH batsmen seemed unable to break the shackles of the previous week and start playing their shots. There was an air of nervousness over all the players. There were prods and pokes and wickets fell regularly. The problem was compounded by two self inflicted run outs. Bear scored 15, the most by a WH player, nobody else managed double figures. The team limped to 57 all out. Such a disappointment when the opposition were there for the beating. Hopefully lessons will be learnt for the next game.
U13 v The Lee
Yet again the weather threatened this league encounter. The radar said no more rain so, thanks to Paul, the ground was readied for the match. Then, just as we were about to start, down came the rain! Moral? Don't trust the radar!
Fortunately the rain stopped and after some mopping up we were good to go. WH batted first. A good policy and a chance to put runs on the board to defend. Perhaps the nerves of chasing would be calmed.
Yet again the innings did not start well. Alex got a snorter of a ball and we were 6 wickets down before the total started to look respectable. Any run outs? Yes, sadly one! Ollie C-K's appearance at the crease got things moving....with a bang 6,6! How was the perfect foil playing straight and picking up singles. A useful partnership developed which was ended with Ollie bowled for 27. Huw grew in confidence and was 20 not out after 20 overs. Jack hit two fours and the innings ended with WH 113 for 7 wickets.
At last a total to defend! Once again our bowling was miserly. The Lee found it difficult to hit the boundary and were reduced to ones and twos on the slow outfield. WH's fielding was excellent and once again the catching was indeed eye-catching! It was The Lee's turn to limp to a total of 81 for 5 after 20 overs. Pick of the bowling was Jack D who took 3 - 8 but all the team can be proud of their improved discipline. So a 32 run win and back on track for a dash at the league title.
U15 v Chalfont St Peter
After the disappointment of missing the game on Tuesday because of the appalling weather the U15s were delighted that the rain stayed away and we were getting a game. We had 10 players, an improvement by one on the previous game, and CSP had 11. We lost the toss and were asked to bat.
Then followed the usual discussion on who was to open the batting and a scramble for the other batting positions!
Andrew R and Henry agreed to get the innings going. Just as it looked like they were set fair for decent knocks they both were out within a few balls of each other. But a small platform ha been set. Jacob R looked comfortable before he fell to a rare straight delivery. Captain Sam then steadied the ship and together with the rest of the team reached a very respectable 117 in 20 overs. Sam carried his bat for 38 and Toby impressed with his straight bat shots.
Our bowling needed to be accurate and Andrew R blew away the first two CSP batsmen rearranging their stumps with some pace! Jacob then picked up a wicket and the opposition innings was stalling badly. All our team were given a chance to bowl. There were rather two many wides and no balls as the CSP innings progressed which gave them a bit of a toe hold in the game. James had a torrid time behind the stumps attempting to field some of the wayward deliveries. Oli P bowled an impressive over, his first in competitive 11 a side cricket then it was left to Jacob and James to bowl the last two overs and keep the runs down. Over 19 yielded a number of runs but 17 were needed from the last over to win the game. Only 6 were score leaving WH the victors by 11 runs. A fine effort from a team of mixed ages. Well done indeed!
U10 v Bledlow Ridge
WH entertained Bledlow at Penn House Park. Bledlow wanted to play 10 a side. We had 9 players so we borrowed the Bledlow manager's son to make up our 10. We batted first. Liam and Thomas got the team off to a fine start putting on 21 runs without losing a wicket. Armaan and Jackson continued the good work and after 48 overs we had 241. Jack wandered out of his crease in the next pair and was stumped but he and Fouzi still managed to put on another 15 runs. Spencer was caught from his very first ball but he and Rishaan repaired the damage and after 16 overs we were on 276. Rocco and our visitor batted last and the accurate Bledlow bowlers grabbed another two wickets leaving our final total on 274.
Bledlow were playing some older girls who put bat to ball in an aggressive way. However, the WH bowlers were up to the task taking wickets regularly. When the last Bledlow pair came to the wicket 35 runs were needed. Once again it was the girls who were very nearly up to the task. Armaan kept us sweating with two wides from the last over but phew we made it and won by 3 runs.
U10 v Taplow
The U10s played their last league game of the season at home on a beautiful sunny evening. Fouzi was captain and after the toss we fielded first. Liam and Ajay put the brakes on Taplow's opening batsmen allowing them only 5 runs after 4 overs. Nicholas and Henry were equally mean allowing only 3 more runs. Fouzi, Spencer and Armaan tidied up the last 8 overs and Taplow's final total was a mere 211.
Our batsmen were on fire! Liam struck the ball beautifully scoring 28 including a 6! The other pairs made hay and despite the team losing 4 wickets the final total reached a magnificent 304. What a wonderful win and the team finish their league campaign at the top of the table. The team's improvement since the beginning of the season has been excellent.
U13 vLey Hill (League)
Another very strong performance today albeit against a somewhat weaker opposition.
After winning the toss we elected to bat. Bear got a snorter in the 3rd over, which tickled the bail on the way through. Jacob played sensibly as always until he tried to work a ball to leg side and Sam Miller hit the bad ball hard for a useful 21 until he went down swinging. Ollie K had an interesting innings. 4,4,OUT. 266 strike rate but WH suddenly found ourselves 4 down with only 66 on the board. James Quick playing his first game of the season was also in a hurry and carded a quick 14 before also swinging like Babe Ruth. 5 down, 83 on the board. Alex and Jack W then settled things down a bit whilst still hitting the bad ball - it really was needed at that stage. Alex retired after a controlled 31 with the score on 130. James Attock hit some fine shots for his 19 not out and Jack Watson finished 12 not out, playing a mature innings which helped to ensure a decent score of 150-5 from the 20.
The bowling was exceptional, limited to bowling 4 wides and 2 no balls. Everyone economical. OAB Marshall conceded 3 from 3, Libby picked up 2 wickets from her 3 overs, conceding just 9, James attock conceded 7 off 2, Huw just 6 from 3, Jack Watson 1-3 from 2, Sam Miller 6 from 2, James Q 2 from 1, Jacob with 1 wicket for just 2 off 1, and Bear with 2 wickets in 5 balls searching for the hat trick but LH were out of batsmen. Those that didn’t bat had their 3 overs and everyone bowled which was good. We restricted LH to just 40 runs.
Amusing Moments: OAB Marshall and Sam Miller managing to bowl the ball backwards.
Conclusion: It wasn’t a stern test but we got the job done, in the right manner and move top of the league.
U15 v The Lee
Once again the U15s had to play with only 9 players. Sadly no-one, save Bear, volunteered to help the team out. Still, the team were very keen to play. Sam lost the toss, the lucky 2p seems to have lost its magic! We batted. We got off to a very shaky start. Runs were non existent and wickets were falling all too regularly. But Henry stood firm and gradually, thanks to some mini innings from a few players we managed to amass 94 runs from our 9 players. It has to be said that the opposition were generous with their extras which is more than can be said for their generosity in helping out with fielding. Are we the only Club who help?
So, with a few gaps in the field we set out to defend our meagre total. Step up Henry again, who, apart from bowling tidily took two brilliant catches....Ben Stokes eat your heart out! We started to take wickets and at one stage looked like we could cause an upset. Had we had an extra 20 runs on the board it would definitely have been on the cards but with 6 wickets down The Lee reached their target. It was a brave effort. All three Richmonds bowled tidily as did Henry and Libby. The Hanrahans and Adam proved their worth in the field and Bear did a great job behind the sticks. Well done all.
U15 v Ley Hill
Hurrah! We had 11 players for the Club's third visit of the season to Ley Hill. Sam has lost the knack of winning the toss and we were put in to bat. The wicket was astroturf and it was really a lottery as to how it played. It was fine, quite pacy really. We started slowly and lost an early wicket but Henry and Bear rebuilt the innings and although we were not racing along the runs were slowly coming, Henry was out for a solid 13 and Bear compiled 20. Thereafter Ben H put bat to ball and had scored 28 before he lost his wicket. After 20 overs we had compiled a modest 112.
It was a total to bowl at particuarly if the bowling was tight. Ley Hill's opener went about the job of reaching the total in an aggressive way. He produced some stylish shots and had scored freely. Step up Henry!
Not many hattricks are achieved in bowling but Henry managed it....all clean bowled! When Jacob dismissed the talented opener we were in with a shout but some wayward bowling and some more big hitting got Ley Hill to their total in the 16th over. Undoubtedly Henry was our man of the match though. HATTRICK HENRY! We lost by 4 wickets.
U10 Wendover Tournament
Our U10 team arrived at the Tournament full of confidence after a great league season. The team was in a section with Wendover, Beaconsfield and Cublington. We started against Wendover in great style racking up a huge total which was then defended with ease. Thomas was player of the match for his big hitting. Our second game was against local rivals Beaconsfield. We batted first and although the runs came so did the wickets. Sadly we pressed the self destruct button and managed to get run out three times....minus 18 runs! Although we bowled well those run outs came back to bite us as we lost by a mere 2 runs. The last group game was against Cublington which again we won with ease. Ajay won the player of match for a great catch and an accurate spell of bowling.
That loss to Beaconsfield proved crucial and instead of competing for the big prize we were in the 3rd/4th place play off against GX. We were determined to leave the ground on a high.....and we did! Liam led the way with a great all round game which rightly won him player of the match.
All the team showed how much they have improved and they were a credit to the Club. Well done to Liam, Spencer, Rocco, Ajay, Thomas, Fouzi and Armaan.
U13 v Great Kingshill
The rain stayed away, thankfully. WH players arrived after the RGS Sports Day with one or two worse for wear. But that was put behind us as Alex won the toss and he chose to bat.
Bear and Jacob started the innings tentatively but gradually gained in confidence with Bear, in particular, driving through the covers sumptuously. Bear departed for a solid 18 leaving Sam to partner Jacob. Jacob smacked the ball for 6 ino the trees and looked good for 30 when he was caught trying another aggressive shot. Alex then reached the crease with the score ticking along nicely. Following some cautious defensive shots Alex got going as did Sam and they exchanged boundaries regularly. Alex's little jig followed his 6 into the trees and the pair led the team to 137 after 20 overs. Alex just edged Sam by one scoring 28 and 27 respectively.
Although the score looked good to defend there was still a job to be done. Ollie Marshall and Jack Watson kept the first four overs really tight with Jack taking two wickets in consecutive balls, one a sharp leg side catch by Alex behind the sticks. Ollie K bowled with pace and a sharp caught and bowled rewarded him with a wicket. The numbers 4 and 5 GK batsmen worked hard to keep them in the game but the scoring rate fell below what was required. Jacob claimed another wicket and Jack D took a brilliant catch from Hugo's bowling and the writing was on the wall for GK. Overs ran out with GK 41 runs short.
A decisive victory with everyone playing their part. Congratulations to captain Alex who managed to bowl 10 bowlers. Now on to Hawridge and Cholesbury where WH need 6 points to wrap up the league for certain.