Match Report – KCC Kwiks v Market Harboro and Electricity Sports C

On Friday 27th July the Kwiks travelled to Market
Harborough to play.  Unfortunately, Market Harborough could only field
one team due to holidays and Electricity Sports brought 10 players.
This resulted in Team Pietersen (TP) playing a
10 man match against Electricity Sports – twice.

In the first game TP put Electricity Sports in to
bat and started well reducing ES to 197 runs (ie -3) after the first two
overs thanks to some tight bowling from Libby Haward who took 2 wickets
for just 2 runs in her over – one caught
and bowled, one bowled.  The pressure was maintained by the next
bowlers including George Impey who showed great control over his line
and length and Ollie Hillyer who bowled fast and straight.  By the end
of the 6th over ES had only reached 218 runs and despite
some good bowling no further wickets had been taken.  The 7th – 9th
overs were expensive for TP with ES doubling their score in this period.
ES finished their innings on 242 – a modest score and one I expected
the Kwiks to reach comfortably.

Their brief was simply – bat sensibly, look for the
runs where they are on offer and don’t give your wicket away!  From
here on it went horribly wrong and there was a harsh lesson in
temperament and application over the uncontrollable desire
to smash the cover off the ball – in their innings TP managed to lose
(or rather give away) a total of 9 wickets – this cost them 45 runs and
put them in an impossible position.  Only William Lawrence and Will
Noble offered any true resistance but by the time
they came in to bat with 4 overs to go TP still needed 37 runs to win –
despite scoring 20 runs between them their efforts to score quickly
also led to the loss of 2 wickets.  By the end of the innings TP had
only managed to score 215 runs.  A disappointing
batting performance and their lowest score (by over 50 runs all
season).

Before the return match we had a ‘chat’ about their approach to batting:

In the second game TP chose to bat first – Will
Noble opened with Thomas Haward, the former offering support and
confidence to Thomas who had struggled in the first game.  A much more
sensible approach saw good shot selection scoring 10
runs in the first two overs – NO wickets! – and a super pull shot for 4
by Thomas.  William Lawrence and Alex Herbert struggled to score runs
from the bat in their two overs with 5 wides bowled – nevertheless
William managed to get the last ball away to the
boundary taking TP to 227 off the first 4 overs with NO wickets lost.
Ollie Hillyer and Libby Haward continued in this vein, protecting their
wickets but still scoring well….a six from the first ball by Ollie
followed by a regular stream of singles saw them
put on 13 together.  Jake Hibbs and George Impey added a further 14
runs – for NO wicket taking TP to 254.  ES had saved their best bowler
for the last and this put Alfie Wesley and William Lawrence under real
pressure and in the penultimate over cost TP 2
wickets – however, they recovered in the last and TP finished on 253 –
only 2 wickets lost compared to the 9 in the first game.

254 was going to be tough to defend on a small
pitch but TP set about it well.  The pick of the bowlers were Ollie
Hillyer (1 for 2); Alfie Wesley with a triple wicket maiden and Will
Noble bowling at the death to take 3 for 3 – with one
over to spare ES were only 11 runs behind and Will Noble’s excellent
over at the end clinched the game for TP.

A much better performance than the first game and
some good application in the batting supported by some extremely
straight and pacey bowling.

Team Strauss (TS) 235-2 v Market Harborough 231-1 (Match 1)

For the first of the two games against the home
side Market Harborough, Oliver Impey was captain and with MH winning the
toss and electing to bat.  There were four players making their debut
in Kwik cricket for KCC, which was good to see
their development from the Sunday morning sessions.  The first two
overs from Shiv and Jack were very tight with only two extras conceded
which was an excellent start.   The second bowling pair saw the brothers
Harry and Sam making their debut in which they
only conceding two from the bat.  After the third bowling pair of
Kayden Hunt and James Ellis, TS had restricted MH to 34 runs from the
first 6 overs.  Oliver Impey then bowled a controlled over without any
extras as his line was straight.  An excellent penultimate
over from Oliver Senior produced a wicket maiden and with MH fielding 9
players one of TS would be needed to bowl a second over.  This was left
to MH to decide who this would be and they asked Oliver Senior to bowl
the last over who duly obliged by bowling
another maiden and restricting MH to -1 runs from the last three
finishing on 233-2.

With a modest target of 234 to win, a steady start
from Shiv and Jack saw some good running between the wickets allowing TS
to pick up singles and keep the scoreboard ticking over.  Harry and Tom
were next in and even though they lost a
wicket early on, some big hitting from Harry with a six and a four kept
TS up with the run rate.  Good bowling from (MH) in the middle stages
included a maiden set the game up nicely for the remaining three overs.
Besides some very indifferent calling between
the wickets from Oliver Impey and Oliver Senior which nearly resulted
in more than one run out.  TS were now ahead by the end of the
penultimate over with the score on 235.  With Oliver Senior, facing the
last over things didn’t start well with the first ball
resulting in a wicket which now meant TS needed 4 runs from the last 5
balls.  The next three deliveries were straight and on a good length
with no runs scored.  It was good to see the forward defence practise
paying off, although pressure was now mounting,
needing 4 runs off the last two balls to win.  A lovely timed pull shot
for 4 runs from Oliver Senior left Oliver Impey to face the last ball
which was also dispatched in the similar fashion for 4 runs with TS
winning by 5 runs in a close game.

Team Strauss (TS) 216-4 v Market Harborough 231-2 (Match 2)

In the second match, TS bowled well in the opening
overs from Jack and Shiv, followed by good overs from Harry and Sam to
keep the MH score to 217 after four overs.  In the fifth over Kayden
bowled well and took a wicket to peg back the
home team to 214.  Some energetic fielding by Shiv helped support the
bowlers and stop a number of runs and with another wicket from a tidy
over from Oliver Senior MH finished on 231-2.

In reply TS started well with a four off the first
ball but then some “kamikaze” running between the wicket resulted in two
run out’s in what was an eventful two overs from the first batting pair
of Jack and Shiv.  With TS on the back foot
and some accurate bowling from MH, TS never really got going and after
losing a couple of more wickets, finished their innings 15 runs short of
MH total on 216-4.

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