HOLMER GREEN KWIK CRICKET TOURNAMENT
By Eleanor Phillips
Under 11s play 3 matches
Our thanks to Phil Shepley for this report.
This was out first mini Kwik cricket tournament of the season and it was a scorcher. With the hosts deciding to cook their burgers on the pavements, not needing the BBQ, we all took on the main challenge for the day - hydration.
Our team has real range of ages and experience with 2 debuts for Ley Hill from the Spiers family and great support form the U13 girls.
First up we played Farnham, a well organised team who had clearly done this before. Rebecca got the first wicket and the 2nd wicket, B L Spiers, C H Spiers was superbly taken with then Paige taking 3 more wickets, including setting up 2 superbly taken catches, one for herself. The team had several boundaries in their 6 over innings and only gave up 2 wickets. However, the scoring rate from Farnham was superior and they took the points.
Next up were Chalfont St Giles, If Farnham had done this before, Chalfont probably showed them how. A really excellent batting performance eclipsed our score, with 1 batting pair taking 28 from 1 over. We took our wickets though with some good bowling from Rebecca, Lexy and Ed. Tess and Ed both found the boundary but we went into the final match with 2 losses.
The fielding so far had been excellent with great energetic stops and accurate throwing so it was time for a couple of jelly snakes, more rehydration and some slogging practice in the nets while we waited for our next match. Jemima joined us, having come fresh from a netball match, such is the hectic weekend of the U11 team.
Our final group game was against Gerrards Cross. Having lent us a very handy player to boost our numbers back to 6, Tess opted to field first and pegged them back to 235, the lowest score of the day. We were on. But so were their bowlers, taking 2 wickets in the first pair. We did find boundaries, from across the team but the slogging strategy that the coach was sure would work, didn’t quite get us there.
We had fun and it was a great effort by some new players in a very different format to what we’re used. All that hard ball, defensive batting practice wasn’t quite what we needed here. Live and learn and bring on next week at Stokenchurch