U9: Ricky lose last over thriller to West Herts
By Paul Blackwell
West Herts Asad saves his team
An enjoyable game for the crowd, but another game that could have gone either way up until the last few balls.
Skipper Reino won the toss and chose to bowl first and Hamza and Wilf bowled tightly though were disappointed to concede 7 wides between them. 223 after 4. The next pair were very powerful and it was only good work by Finlay at midwicket that saved a number of boundaries. Stanley and Ted bowled well as a pair and Stanley got a wicket. 243 after 8 and WHCC on for a good score. Reino then bowled a superb spell taking 1-7 (including a good catch by Wilf) whilst Joel couldnt quite get the ball on the track. 262 after 12 ann 280+ looking like par. However Aman Babber, on debut, took a wicket with his 2nd ball in league cricket, and only bowled 2 wides in total, so 1-6. Finlay also bowled well conceding just 3 wides and the WHCC was only 269. Ricky could chase this.
The WHCC bowling though was very tight, though Hamza smashed a boundary off the 3rd ball of the innings and he and Wilf, with good hitting and running, put on 29 for the first pair. We were on track! Stanley and Ted batted next, but the Hamza of West Herts was a very good bowler and conceded just one run off his two overs. Ted hit out well and the boys ran well to bring 15 off their pair and 244 off 8 (and no wickets) was one ahead of West Herts at the same stage.
Reino then accompanied Joel to the wicket. Joel was on debut, and was unlucky to be bowled off a ball that hit his foot and rebounded onto the stumps. Reino hit out well and the pair put on 12 so we were 256 off 12. 14 needed off 24 balls. And surely some of those would be wides...
Unfortunately for Ricky, Asad of WHCC was easily the quickest and straightest bowler of his age group and didnt give a wide away at all. But he did concede 6 and so Ricky needed 8 more off the last 3 overs.
Over 14: 2 and then 3...now we were just 3 short but then disaster as Aman was bowled and we went back to needing 8 to win.
Over 15: 1-w-dot-1-w-dot Asad found his yorker length and both Finlay and Aman were bowled by balls that would have taken out Chris Gayle and Joe Root. Now 16 was needed off the last over (though due to some confusion with what the scoreboard said, in the middle we thought it was just 6)
Over 16: started with a wide and then Aman got a single. Then Finlay did too, but we just couldnt find the boundary and lost out by 12 runs.
Apologies to those who thought the game was tighter (like me) but there were some positives from the game. Ricky scored 39 runs off the bat with 23 scoring shots. WHCC scored just 20 (so half our score) with 14 scoring shots. So we batted twice as well as they did. And only took one wicket less. Our downfall was, as predicted, our wides, and all the work in the next few weeks will be on bowling, bowling and bowling.
Next game is the 14th May when we play Chorleywood at home