On Friday 29th June Kibworth Kwiks took two teams to Bitteswell – Team Pietersen (TP) and Team Strauss (TS).
Team Pietersen v Countesthorpe:
Electing to field Thomas Bunce put Countesthorpe in on a damp, spongy pitch with a strong wind blowing across the pitch. The conditions were not ideally suited for bowling and the description of the ‘wind ball’ (the orange ball used in Kwiks) soon took on a different meaning as it was blown about from left to right and back again. In the 8 overs bowled at Countesthorpe they only managed to score a total of 6 runs from the bat. However, 28 runs were conceded as a result of wides and no balls from a normally very accurate bowling attack. The conditions clearly didn’t suit. William Lawrence and Yash Malik both took wickets in their overs with yet another stunning catch from Thomas Bunce, diving forward and taking it low to the ground. Countesthorpe finished on 224 (remember – start on 200, add the runs and deduct 5 for each wicket).
TP then batted and Thomas Bunce and Louis Hammond found batting difficult as Countesthorpe also struggled to control the ball in the wind. Nevertheless as the third over came on Libby Haward and Jake Hibbs put on a good patnership of 14 runs, spoilt only by a careless run out – something we will have to work on in training. Will Jones and William Lawrence continued in the same fashion and amassed a partnership of 23 runs in 2 overs hitting 2 fours and a six between them. At this stage TP were well ahead and Alistair Milner and Yash Malik finished the job off hitting another 26 runs including another 6 off the last two overs. A convincing win by 50 runs.
Team Pietersen v Bitteswell:
In the second game TP again elected to field – a common approach by the team through the season who clearly enjoy the run chase. Playing on a different pitch the wind was less intrusive although they did have to bowl into a head wind. Bitteswell got off to a good start scoring 12 off the first over, targeting the short leg side boundary. However, Libby soon pinned them back again with a very tight over which led to a wicket off the final ball, another catch by Thomas B. The bowling was much tighter in this game and TP only conceded 12 runs from wides (6 balls in 8 overs) which is really pleasing to see. Louis, Alistair and Yash all bowled exceptionally well with Alistair picking up a wicket (bowled) and Yash a wicket with his last ball plus a run out in the last over. In the end Bitteswell scored 227.
TP started well with Louis smashing six over mid wicket off the 3rd ball and putting on 14 without loss with Yash. Alistair and William L continued in this vein scoring a further 20 runs together with another 6 from Alistair. Thomas and Libby batted well together, playing some really intelligent cricket pushing singles in wide open spaces created by the earlier big hitting – they took a total of 6 quick singles in 12 balls and then Thomas topped it all off by playing a cover drive even the most seasoned pro would have been proud of. Jake and Will J finished the innings but lost a wicket in the last over – it wasn’t enough to threaten the win with TP coming out victorious by 26 runs this time.
Well played to all of Team Pietersen.
Team Strauss v Bitteswell:
TS captained by Oliver Hillyer this week, won the toss and elected to bat. The opening pair of Oliver Hillyer and Jack Senior were quickly put on the back foot with a good opening over resulting in the loss of a wicket. The run rate was picked up in the second over with 10 runs off the bat with two boundaries by Oliver from the final two balls. Making their debut for Kibworth Spike Marlow and Fergus Hynard produced a steady display cumulating with a lovely pull for 4 by Fergus. The third pair of Hugo Parker and Thomas Haward faced an excellent two overs from Bitteswell and demonstrating a sound defence, ensuring no wickets were lost in this period of play. The final pair of Oliver Senior and Oliver Hillyer were under pressure with another good display of catching from Bitteswell and the innings finished on 221.
In reply TS’s bowling was tight for the first 4 overs with only 3 extras and a maiden wicket for Fergus leaving Countesthopre on 215-1 after 4 overs. The Bitteswell middle order produced a flurry of runs in despite Thomas taking a wicket and Fergus holding on to a good catch. The final 2 overs from Oliver Senior and Spike Marlow restricted the opposition to only 7 runs with the support of some enthusiastic fielding from TS. Despite a good all-round bowling display it wasn’t enough to stop Bitteswell surpassing TS total, finishing their innings on 251-2 to win the match.
Team Strauss v Countesthorpe:
With a second successful call of the coin TS elected to bat first again and started the innings in blistering fashion with Oliver Hillyer and Jack Senior putting on 22 in the first 2 overs, with Oliver contributing two 4’s and a 6 in which he waited patiently before despatching to the boundary. With Spike and Fergus coming in as the second pair they continued to keep the score board ticking over, despite some wayward bowling. A sound defensive technique from Hugo Parker mixed with some hesitant running from the middle pairings restricted the runs a little but with a final flurry from Oliver Senior and Fergus, TS set one of their highest totals of the season with 256-2.
It was evident that the conditions were better suited for kites and not Kwik cricket balls, as the bowlers began to struggle to control the ‘curve ball’. Oliver Hillyer managed to bowl 5 dot balls in the first over and with another good over from Spike and Countesthorpe were just below the run rate at the 4 over mark with 22-0. A really tight over from Thomas Haward, who was unlucky with the wind (or swing), taking the ball tantalising close to the off stump on a number of occasions. An impressive piece of fielding by Oliver Senior with a clean pick up resulted in stopping a certain boundary meaning that Countesthorpe required 22 from the last 2 overs. Despite the conditions TS fielded superbly and were rewarded with 4 wickets in the final 2 overs with 2 a piece for Oliver S and Oliver H and another fine catch by Thomas Haward reducing Countesthorpe to 221-4 and a 35 run win for TS. Well done to all those who played a really good performance and especially in those conditions.