Oh boy! WH teams have been involved in some nail biting finishes this season and for once our team finished as victors.
The game was the U11s final league game of the season at home against Marlow. For once we were more worried about keeping our players cool than warming them up or keeping them dry! Sadly James A succumbed to the sweltering conditions so WH was left with nine to wage battle.
Sam lost the toss but was pleased we were fielding first. The bowling was distinctly straighter leading to few runs being scored and five wickets being taken. Daniel H was on a hattrick as was Oliver Marshall. There was a couple of very good catches taken and if it had not been for Marlow's last pair the total would have been far less than the final 279.
Having rehydrated WH set about overhauling Marlow's total. The reply did not start well! The stumps were clattered on the very first ball of the innings. Still, a great recovery, particularly by Alex Egan, put the team well in the positive by the end of the first four overs. We edged along steadily losing a wicket here and there but still scoring runs. It would not have been WH without a couple of run outs. Both were as a result of direct hits from the fielders but both batsmen would have been safe with more positive running and sliding the bat well over the line, instead of stopping.
The match hinged on the performance of the last pair, captain Sam and U8 player Ethan. Sam did not disappoint! Not only did he score important runs but he guided Ethan through the remaining balls. It was not the most convincing shot that won the game on the very last ball but who cares! The ball was edged through the gully region and the two runs required were easily taken. A great win!
Thank you U11s for testing my heart again!
This Friday will be the last team coaching for the Juniors. Members then may use the net at any time as long as they are supervised by a responsible adult.
Sunday morning coaching will continue throughout August.
This Friday's coaching may well be accompanied by music from the Penn Festival! The fields surrounding the cricket club are used. Cricket to music!
The U10s finished their league season playing Cookham Dean at home. It was a bit of a mis-match with Cookham fielding County players and WH giving all our new young players match time. The game also saw the debut of six year old Spencer Wright.
Batting first Cookham piled on the runs and exceeded 300 thanks again to the generosity of the WH bowlers and some rather ordinary fielding. The WH players are having to learn lessons fast. Bad bowling and fielding is punished.
Alex and Toby opened the innings for WH and set a solid foundation. Sadly the innings did not progress much. As soon as runs were scored wickets fell and it was a minor miracle that our final score just crept above 200.
The result was not important. What was important was that our players are getting valuable match practice and the sun shone. 🌞
After the fine effort of last week's tournament coaching resumes this Sunday. We also have an U 10 league game against Cookham Dean starting at 10 am.
The last league game is next Tuesday for our U11s v Marlow.
Sunday morning coaching continues to the end of August but organised Friday coaching ceases.
Players are very welcome to use the net at any time as long as they are supervised by an adult.
We only had eight players but WH U11s managed to snatch a win against Amersham in a dramatic last over. We batted first and accumulated 285 runs. Apart from a silly run out we largely kept the Amersham bowlers at bay. Sam and James A had to face some accurate bowling at the end of the innings but defended well. Earlier on Bear and Alex had got the innings off to a solid start.
Our bowling was good in parts but it was our fielding which proved a deciding factor in the match. With only eight fielders there were plenty of gaps but this seemed to spur WH into a greater effort. There were three run outs and a great stumping by Sam. The girls stopped everything. Well done Libby, Alex and Maya. James A and Oliver combined twice to execute great run outs. It came to the last over with Amersham needing eight to win. James A held his nerve denying Amersham the runs and running out the last batsman on the very last ball. It was a great seven run win.