Cricket v Brambletye
1st - Lost by 4 runs
It was a desperately cold afternoon for doing anything, let alone play cricket. As we play a much longer form game against Brambletye later in the season, we decided to play a 20 overs limited over game this time around. We bowled first and were generous early on. Brambletye raced to a first start before wickets from Nolan H and Daley pegged them back. Some miserly spin from Chavasse and fine seam bowling from Fleming held them back. However, they finished with a bit of a blitz and we missed our lengths too often. They posted 110 which looked over par.
Our reply got off to a sedate start. Batting in the cold wind wasn't easy but we struggled to keep the scoreboard ticking and lost two reasonably early wickets. Chavasse and Nolan E rebuilt steadily but surely. They gave us some stability and gradually we crept closer. Though the run rate was climbing, it was always manageable. We required 28 from the last 4 overs, 26 from 3, 19 from 2 and then finally, after a barrage of boundaries from the excellent Nolan, 7 from 1. Ultimately we fell short due to some fine death bowling from the opposition. It was a valiant chase and a fine game of cricket to begin the season. We have lots to look forward to in the months ahead. (GdM)
2nd XI - Lost by 33 runs
Obviously with only a couple of training sessions under the belt, there was bound to be some rust. At this point in the season, the side which bowls the fewest wides generally wins or at least puts itself in a very useful position. I was therefore delighted with the start we made in the field. Fede and Kent each bowled a fantastic opening over, taking 2 wickets and 1 wicket respectively for only 2.
At this point, a decision needed to be made. Either we could let our two openers carry on bowling, in which case the game could have been very short or we could use the game to give as many of the team as possible a bowl. With the benefit of hindsight, my choice of the second option cost us the game. However, I am supremely confident that for the development of the team, it will prove to be the right decision as the season develops. Certainly it highlighted the areas which require the most work.
Therefore, I decided to call upon the services of our less experienced bowlers. Diego, recently returned from Spain for his annual English summer sojourn, came on to bowl and promptly took 2 for 4 off 2 overs! At the other end, Johnny was marginally more costly, taking 1 for 6 off 2 overs! Brambletye were 6 for 12 off 6 overs. From here we somehow contrived to lose the game!!
Apart from Dahiru, who bowled a relatively inexpensive 2 overs but never consistently threatened the stumps, the rest of the bowlers had a severe radar malfunction. We went from 6 wides from the first 6 overs to somewhere in the region of 30 from the following 12. Brambletye were bowled out for 83, only scoring 42 off the bat.
As we were soon to find out, after tea and 14.1 overs, we had successfully managed to pluck defeat from the jaws of victory.
The batting instructions were very simple: at this point in the season, you will get plenty of loose deliveries to attack so if the ball is remotely straight get forward and block it, otherwise feel free to go after it. The boys were told to express themselves but also to be under no illusions that anyone getting bowled by trying to slog a straight one would incur my severe disapprobation. Clearly my words hit home in a big way as 7 wickets fell to straight deliveries the various batsmen had attempted to hit into Surrey!
In terms of being the architects of our own downfall, Richard Rogers couldn’t have designed it any more perfectly. Brambletye had no bowlers with express pace but as a bowling unit they were tidy and that proved way more of a match than was needed to rattle through our batsmen. At one point we were 20 for 9! Oh dear...
Aanu and Johnny mounted a valiant rear guard action, saving some blushes but it was nonetheless deeply disappointing to be skittled for 50 just after the 14th over. We play Brambletye again this season and it should be a fascinating game. (CS)
3rd Lost by 5 wickets
The 3rd XI had their first match of the season against Brambletye. We batted first and managed a total of 78 off our 20 overs, with some solid batting from Remy and Martin . After tea there was some strong bowling, especially from Yasser with two wickets. The opposition, however, were quick between the wickets and managed to chase our total off 14 overs with 5 wickets to spare. We look forward to our next match against Saint Ronan's. (RC)
Colts Lost 30-40
'The boys started thier season well, despite the loss. There were positives across the board. when we were bowling we managed to pick up a few wickets, Juan getting 2. We also fielded with great commitment, despite the blustery conditions, collecting 2 direct hits that resulted in run outs! When it came to batting we knew we would be up against it, chasing 101 off 16 overs. The Brambletye bowlers were accurate and hard to get away. As a result of thier pressure they picked up regular wickets until Juan (again!) and Kit started to put some runs on the board. Juan managed to launch one of the deliveries for 6 (to the longest part of the boundary!). Unfortunately, though we were bowled out for 65 which was a respectable effort considering we have had very little training. So the boys are now excited about the upcoming games! Well done and on to the next one! (TG)
U9A Lost 184 - 286
The under 9s boys had their first competitive match of the season against a strong Brambletye squad. For our first game we did t do too bad. Our batting was excellent with a few of the boys hitting fours and sixes. What let us down was our bowling. We gave too many sides which resulted in Brambletye gaining a lot of runs.
We have a lot of hard work to do but I’m confident that we’re have a successful season. Well done boys, keep working hard!
U9B Lost 70 – 72 (SH)
A very close game. We lost the toss but were determined to win the match. We batted extremely well and ended with a score of 70. A few early wickets from the likes of William and Spencer meant we were in for a good shot at victory. However one too many wide balls got the best of us, and in the last over we unfortunately conceded two too many runs. Despite this, it was a great afternoon and some great cricket was played, I’m sure once we conquer bowling there will be no stopping this team.