East Grinstead CC – Vs West Chiltington CC Under 14
East Grinstead Cricket Club Under 14’s were at home against West Chiltington Cricket Club in their last league match on Sunday. EGCC won the toss and chose to field. It was a glorious morning for cricket.
EGCC couldn’t have asked for a better start, WCCC’s prolific opener Theo TC was caught at mid-on by Josh Varney off Ayaan Kalania’s very first ball. WCCC’s no 3 batsman Kipp was out in the next over with Luke taking a fine catch off Jake Lingard’s first over. Ayaan’s second over saw Josh Metters caught by Harry Hainge on the third attempt and the score was 7 for3. Charlie FW & Christopher Seaton put up some resistance until Christopher skied one to Josh Varney of Jake again with the score 21 for 4. EGCC changed to spin and Paarth Nagpal had No 6 batsman C Gent caught behind off his second ball and then bowled a peach of a delivery which after pitching on middle & leg turned to hit the top of off stump sending Benji Jackson back – score was now 29 for 6. Josh Varney was the next bowler in and bowled the well set Charlie FW for wicket number 7 with the score at 33. Batsman 8 & 9 put up a good fight to take the score to 59 before Paarth struck again. Thomas DC & Dylan TC took the score to 86 before Liam Dawes & Luke Peel each got a wicket to bowl WCCC all out. EGCC bowling attack also included Nathan Austen, Jake Hodges & Mattie Fish. Notable bowling figures: Paarth, 4 overs 0 maidens, 11 Runs and 3 wickets. Ayaan, 4 overs 2 maidens, 5 Runs and 2 wickets.
A short break for drinks, players retook the field on a very warm mid-morning. Luke Peel & Harry Hainge opened for East Grinstead. WCCC who were defending this relatively small total started positively but Luke peel had other ideas, striking a 40 not-out/retired in 32 balls with 6 fours and a huge 6. Liam Dawes was the next in and hit 3 fours off one Josh Metters over. Harry scored a well-played 20 including 4 fours before he skied one off C Seaton with EGCC now needing 5 to win. Jake Lingard replaced Harry and hit a 4 off a no ball to reach the target in 11.1 overs.
Final Result: Won By 9 Wickets
Horsham U14 v EGCC U15 – Tuesday 22 May
After last week’s success we came down to earth with a bump last night at Horsham. Despite an excellent rebuild partnership between Will Goodwin (30) and Ryan (35 retired) and a late flurry from Harry Hainge and Ned, we were always playing catch up with the bat. To be fair most of the Horsham bowlers were very accurate and, most importantly, bowled to a well set field. A final score of 112 was more than had looked likely and was a reasonable total to try to defend.
Unfortunately our bowling was nowhere near as disciplined as our opponents and the Horsham batters were able to wait and punish the bad ball each over and pick up singles almost at will. They eventually hit the winning runs for the loss of just 2 wickets in the 16th over.
Two key lessons –
1. Our bowling needs to be far more disciplined and consistent which will allow us to set a field to pressurise the batsmen.
2. Our fielding needs to improve. Far too many misfields, allowing singles and one’s to become two’s.
Thanks to Steve Hainge for scoring, Richard Goodwin for collecting money and Andy for transporting players.
No game next week as it’s half term but please mark availability for future games on play cricket or e-mail me or Andy.