Friday 29th July…another perfect evening for cricket in an idyllic village setting. Once again we fielded two sides, ‘Strauss’ and ‘Pietersen’ although we were one short in the latter. Thankfully Countesthorpe had a player over and loaned us a young player called Katie.
Team Strauss v Bowden CC:
Team Strauss played Bowden first in a low scoring game despite being played on a pitch with very short boundaries. Team Strauss batted first and seemed to be tempted into the ‘big shots’ for 6 given the size of the pitch. Such temptation proved to be their down fall, losing 3 wickets in the first 2 overs, leaving us on 192 runs at this stage (-8 from our starting position). Louis Hammond and Will Lawrence made a recovery in the 3rd and 4th over but lost a wicket later on, taking Team Strauss back to 211. Libby Haward then played the innings of the match, scoring 13 in 6 balls to bring some respectability to the score. She was supported well by Patrick Bairstow in a partnership of 17. Some good bowling restricted Team Strauss to just 7 more runs before the end of the innings finishing on 235.
Bowden got off to a flyer in response scoring 21 runs off the first 2 overs, despite some tight bowling from Libby in the first over. George Impey bowled well but some good blows from the Bowden pair put us under pressure from this point on. Responding well to the pressure Jake Hibbs and Louis Hammond bowled tightly and stopped the flow of boundaries. Will Lawrence and Patrick then kept up this pressure with Patrick taking 1 wicket for just 4 runs. By the end of the 6th over Bowden were on 237 leaving all to play for on both sides. Thomas Haward bowled the penultimate over and despite a couple of wides, kept the Bowden batsmen in check, taking a wicket with the 3rd ball. With one over to go Bowden were on 238. Yash bowled the last over, getting up quite a head of steam. Dot ball, single, dot ball, Bowden 4 runs ahead…..3 balls to go, single (5 runs ahead – oh for a wicket)….wide (2 runs to Bowden and 7 runs ahead) and then the wicket (-5). Bowden sneak home by just 2 runs, 237 to Team Strauss’ 235! Great game!
Team Pietersen v Countesthorpe CC:
Team Pietersen welcomed some new members* to the Kwiks squad who got their first taste of match cricket and an 18 yard pitch. I was really proud of the way all of them rose to the occasion.
Electing to field first, George Rawlings liked the look of the overcast conditions and the uneven surface. He opened the bowling with Alfie Wesley* who bowled straight and true. There were some good bowling performances throughout the innings with some of our new players really stepping up to the mark. Ollie Impey* bowled nicely but was punished by the short boundaries, the opening bat targeting the leg side and finding it 3 times on the full. Ollie Jackson*, Ollie Hillyer* and Thomas Bunce* all bowled a good line but some good batting from Countesthorpe took them on to 256 off 6 overs. George stepped up as skipper in the 7th and conceded just 6 runs in his over before Katie (on loan) finished the innings with a wicket on the final ball. Countesthorpe ended their innings with 265 runs – a good total but one we could chase with the short boundaries.
Ollie Jackson and Alfie Wesley opened the batting and got Team Pietersen off to a great start with 17 coming in the first 2 overs despite losing a wicket from the second ball. Thomas Bunce and Ollie Impey struggled more in the 3rd and 4th overs managing to score just 10 runs in 2 overs thanks to some good bowling from Countesthorpe. This paid dividends for them, picking up a wicket in the 3rd over. Team Pietersen at 222 at the half way mark. Ollie Hillyer and George Rawlings then put on 18 in overs 5 and 6 – it could have been more but some big swings and misses let some opportunities go begging. The innings of the day came from Noah Goodwin who scored 18 runs in 6 balls including 2 fours and a six. After 7 overs Team Pietersen were on 258, needing 8 runs to win in the last over. Sadly, it was not to be – an excellent final over from Adam (Countesthorpe) resulted in a double wicket maiden (-10 runs) and a win to Countesthorpe by 17 runs (265 to our 248). A close game down to the last over.
Team Strauss v Countesthorpe CC:
Another low scoring game, thanks to some good bowling, fielding, and catching from both sides. Team Strauss batted first with Yash Malik and Jake Hibbs getting off to a steady start with 10 runs coming in the first 2 overs – a wicket in the second over kept the score down though. Louis Hammond and Will Lawrence then had a fantastic partnership smashing 27 runs from their 2 overs, both making use of the short boundaries and smashing sixes over mid wicket. Libby Haward and Patrick Bairstow kept the momentum going putting on another 16 runs in the 5th and 6th over taking Team Strauss to 253 runs. This left George Impey and Thomas Haward in a strong position to build on the total which they did, putting on a further 18 runs. Thomas played the shots of the day, straight driving the ball back over the bowlers head for 4 followed by a crisp clip off his legs through midwicket for another 4. Team Strauss 271 at the close.
Countesthorpe then made steady progress in the first 3 overs reaching 220 despite good straight bowling from Libby, George and Jake. Louis Hammond then bowled a tremendous over – another wicket maiden (2nd in 2 games) which effectively turned the game in Kibworth’s favour. Countesthorpe rallied in the 5th and 6th despite a wicket from Will Lawrence and some tight bowling from Patrick Bairstow. After 7 overs Countesthorpe had reached 251, 20 runs behind Team Strauss. Yash bowled a quick over at the end and despite a great effort from Countesthorpe and a 6 from the 4th ball he managed to keep them to a total of just 265 – a win for Team Strauss by 6 runs.
Team Pietersen v Bowden CC:
Again they played on a small pitch where boundaries were easy to come by. George Rawlings captained the side and again elected to bowl first. Thomas Bunce opened the bowling and bowled full and straight. The Bowden opener managed to get 2 balls away to the leg side boundary for 6 unfortunately but George Rawlings steadied the ship with some good, accurate bowling. The pressure built and Bowden took a risky single – some sharp fielding by Ollie Hillyer, a good throw and quick work at the stumps by George led to a run out. Katie (on loan) bowled tightly and was well supported by Ollie Impey who bowled a steady line outside off stump. Ollie Jackson then took a wicket in the 6th over with Noah Goodwin following up with another in the 7th thanks to a fantastic catch on the boundary by Katie. Alfie Wesley bowled the last over and conceded only 1 run from the bat. Bowden closed on 249.
Team Pietersen got off to a slow start with only 7 runs coming in the first 2 overs, however Ollie Hillyer and Ollie Jackson worked well together in a partnership of 17 including a 6 and a 4. George Rawlings then smashed his first ball for 6 (from a no ball) and he and Thomas Bunce added 19 runs in their 2 overs with a massive 6 from Thomas over square leg followed by a 4 through mid wicket. By this time we were well ahead on 253 with 2 overs to go – it just remained for Ollie Impey and Alfie Wesley to see us home. They did this comfortably, putting on a further 16 runs in the last 2 overs. A win for Team Pietersen by 20 runs.
Once again a fantastic night of cricket with a great turn out from the parents. All the kids really enjoyed themselves and love to win!! Their skills are really starting to show through and there were some great bowling, batting and fielding moments across all the players.
That’s my last game in charge for this year (Darren or Suresh will take the next lot while I am on holiday). Its been a real pleasure to see the kids developing as they have and enjoying themselves. Have a great winter and I’ll see you all next year!