On Friday evening the Kwiks put out two teams (Strauss and Pietersen) against Lutterworth A and B. It was a perfect evening for cricket and it was nice to see so many parents supporting the kids. I was very pleased with the standard of cricket too throughout the evening and all the children are showing real signs of development. Most notably the bowling is really coming on and throughout the evening there were only 29 wides or no balls bowled in a total of 32 overs – this is fantastic with less than one wide / no ball per over when the kids are bowling on an 18 yard track. They also took 12 wickets through the evening thanks to some excellent bowling and catching.
Anyway the results:
Team Strauss played Lutterworth A first. Lutterworth batted first and were immediately put under pressure with some very tight bowling from Kibworth. After 2 overs Lutterworth had moved to 213 despite some tight bowling from Kush Nathwani who took a wicket in the first over. Then, a first for this season…….Louis Hammond came on and bowled a wicket maiden!! Will Jones then backed him up in the next over taking 2 more wickets, pegging Lutterworth back to 203 off 4 overs. George Impey then bowled taking 1 for 5 runs. Lutterworth rallied a little in the last three overs recovering to 227 off their 8 overs, scoring 25 in the last 2 overs. Team Strauss then got off to a rocky start losing 2 wickets (-10 runs) in the first 2 overs. However, Qasim Hanif and Louis Hammond recovered the situation in the 3rd and 4th over in a 23 run partnership and then steady batting by George Impey, Will Jones, Yash Malik and Teiran Mistry saw us home with a total of 242 runs and a win by 15 runs.
In the second game Team Strauss played Lutterworth B in a low scoring match – again Lutterworth batted first and an excellent bowling display kept them to just 222. This was supported by a superb display of catches showing that the kids are improving in this area too. Once again Louis and George took wickets while Zayd Mulla bowled fast and straight, giving only one run away in his over. When Team Strauss batted their were made to work hard for an eventual win thanks to some excellent fielding and catching from Lutterworth B. Qasim and Zayd made the win more certain in a 20 run partnership before Kush and Louis finally took us to victory reaching 237 – a win by 15 runs!
Team Pietersen played Lutterworth B first and chose to bat. They were immediately put under pressure with a maiden over from Lutterworth’s opening bowler (James) followed by a tight over next which conceded only one wide. Team Pietersen continued to struggle to score runs through the 3rd and 4th over although an 18 run partnership between Libby Haward and Stanley Cockerill boosted the score mid innings. Ollie Johns and Jack Fleetwood then took an aggressive approach to the last 2 overs (they have clearly been watching T20) and chased anything they could – even wide balls that were 2 or 3 yards off the track. Their approach worked and the put on another 19 runs despite losing one wicket (-5) in that period. Team Pietersen ended their innings with 255 runs. Lutterworth B then batted and Libby opened the bowling, delivering some fast and straight balls conceding only 2 runs in the first over. Lutterworth rallied in the second over to 218 but Jack F and Ollie J then pinned them back again taking 3 wickets between them in the 3rd and 4th over. Jack Stewart, Theo Barre and Alistair Milner continued the good work and after 7 overs Lutterworth had 238 (compared to Team Pietersen on 236 at the same point in their innings). Stanley Cockerill then came on to bowl the final over, bowling three dot balls to start with which effectively secured the win for Kibworth. Lutterworth finished on 245 – a win for Kibworth by 10 runs.
Team Pietersen then played Lutterworth A who chose to bat first. Thomas Haward opened the bowling and got Kibworth off to a strong start restricting a strong opening bat to only 3 runs in the first over. A run out in the second over by Libby Haward helped keep Lutterworth on the back foot but some careless bowling in the 4th over (wides and no balls that went for 4) changed the fortunes and Lutterworth moved on to 231 after 4 overs. The momentum continued with Lutterworth who batted very well for the last 4 overs eventually scoring a huge total of 276. The simple briefing to Team Pietersen was “you’re going to have to whack it!” – an instruction that Stan Cockerill took to heart, scoring 20 runs off the first over and getting us off to a good start. He was supported in a 23 run partnership by Libby. Alistair and Ollie J continued in the next 2 overs taking us to 238 runs (7 ahead of Lutterworth at the same stage). However, Theo and Jack S came up against some very accurate and fast bowling and despite some stout defence were unable to keep the ball out, losing two wickets in the 7th over – one an excellent caught and bowled from a forceful drive by Theo. With 43 required in the last 2 overs Thomas Haward and Jack F had their work cut out. They both gave it their all pulling the ball, driving it and sometime simply carving it to wherever they could – unfortunately, despite hitting every ball in the last 2 over they also managed to hit the fielders on nearly every occasion with only one boundary coming. We eventually finished with 240 runs – a defeat by 36 runs.
It was a great evening of cricket and Lutterworth were a pleasure to play against – they bowled, fielded and batted well and showed real sportsmanship throughout the evening.