U11 A Match reports 30 April - 09 May
Match Report – U11A OGCC vs Eversley – 30th April
A good performance on Sunday from the U11A team demonstrated an encouraging start to the season against a strong Eversley side. The result didn’t go in our favour, but we pushed them all the way.
Batting first, we set ourselves a runs target of at least a run a ball (so a minimum of 120 runs for those whose first language isn’t maths.. ) A steady start was impacted early doors by a magnificent catch from Eversley which saw Rory A-G exit the batting early. Jake D-J (17) and Sam W (20no) steadied the ship and put us back on track with the run rate, Jake launching one over the hedge for a huge 6 later in the innings. Good contributions from Hugo A-G, Sam Janaway and Finn B-G, along with an aggressive knock from Will Kettle (19) saw us reach our set target, so with 121 runs for 7 wickets, we knew we were still in the game and competitive against strong opposition.
Eversley had a great start and quickly established a winning run rate, in spite of some great bowling from Hugo A-G, Sam W and Jake D-J. Ben Fisher was the pick of the early bowlers, which started to peg back Eversley’s increasing run rate. Sam W was the first to strike with a wicket, followed by Henry Janaway taking the second and the run rate started to slow. Freddie Cowling and Heston Gardner kept on the pressure with impressive spells with the ball, leaving the ‘at the death’ bowling duo of Will Kettle and Finn B-G to keep the Eversley batsman from taking them past the line. A tall order as Eversley needed just 3 runs from the last two overs but Will and Finn kept on the pressure, with Eversley reaching the target with only 3 balls of the game remaining. A great job with the ball from the whole side, reflected by OGCC giving away 18 extras compared to Eversley’s 41 extra’s. Testament also to the great Job Rory A-G did as wicket keeper, keeping it very tidy all game.
So everyone batted, everyone bowled, Rory did a great job behind the stumps and both sides played a very competitive game of cricket in a very positive sporting spirit. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday morning, I’d say.
Thanks to Olly and Russell for scoring and to Sally B-G for organising the refreshments…and of course to all our parents and supporters.
Match Report – U11 Cup Competition v Aldershot – 6th May
Following a promising performance in the first game of the season against Eversley where we came 3 balls away from winning, our second trip to Crondall saw us play Aldershot in the Cup Competition format, similar to the U9 rules (so starting from 200 and batting in pairs, with 5 runs lost for each wicket)
Winning the toss, skipper Ed Terry elected to bowl and opened up the bowling with a fine display of wicket taking, taking 4 wickets in his 3 overs for 9 runs. He was well supported by all the other players in the team who bowled very well. Freddie Cullen nearly achieved a hat-trick, still taking 3 wickets in one over and ended with a total of 4 wickets for only 6 runs off of 2 overs. Freddie Cowling equally dominated the batsmen with some excellent bowling, taking 3 wickets from his 2 overs for just 5 runs. Finn Baker Grace went one further, taking 4 wickets in his 3 overs for only 9 and reaching the pinnacle of any bowler’s career (at such an early age too) of achieving a hat-trick of wickets. George Grobel, Sam Janaway, Heston Gardner and Will Kettle all contributed with a wicket for very few runs, with Ben Fisher bowling very tightly for no reward. Let’s be honest…it was carnage with only 22 extras, a great bowling performance from the whole team and a great keeping job from Toby Sparks. Aldershot batted bravely and with enthusiasm but weren’t a match for the onslaught being dished out by the OGCC bowlers. They ended their innings on a net total of 176, having succumbed to a loss of 19 wickets in total.
With my dulcet tones of ‘don’t assume this is easy so bat sensibly’ ringing in their ears, the Odiham batsmen went about their business, gradually building an innings and controlling the game from the off.
Will Kettle (10) and Sam Janaway (17) were the pick of the batsmen, not having been out, followed by George Grobel (12 for the loss of 1 wicket), and then without losing their wicket, Ben Fisher (4) and Freddie Cowling (9). Having lost only 6 wickets in our innings and the steady scoring from the team, we beat Aldershot by 114 runs, ending up with a net total of 290 (120 gross runs scored).
A great team performance and one which pushes us into the next round of the cup.
Thanks to Charles for scoring and Alison F for sorting out refreshments and for the help from our money collector.
Match Report – U11A Alton vs OGCC – 9th May
Hot on the heels of a resounding first round cup victory, we took a trip overt to Jubilee Field in Alton to play our next league match.
OGCC skipper Alex Williams won the toss and elected to bowl, with Ed Terry (1 wkt for 6 runs off of 2 overs) and Alex himself (0 wkts for 1 run off his 1 over) keeping it very tight for the Alton opening batsmen. Sam Janaway continued to inhibit the batsmen without a wicket and Ben Fisher and Toby Sparks operated in the same vein, with each getting a wicket a piece. Once again, wicket taking supremo Freddie Cullen took the honours with 4 wickets in 3 overs for just 6 runs, with Rhys Pearson hot on his heels with 3 wkts for 4 runs off 2 overs. Great bowling and 2 good catches from tidy keeper Alex Harker, pegged Alton to 47 runs all out from 12.5 overs. Those who hadn’t bowled were soon in the action with the bat, with George Grobel, Alex Harker, Will Kettle, Heston Gardner and Ben Fisher all collecting single figure runs without losing their wicket, leaving skipper Alex Williams to tee off and grab a quick fire 22 and help secure the win in 8.1 overs. OGCC winning by 10 wickets.
Another confident win to take us into potentially trickier waters against a strong Basingstoke side in our next match.
Thanks again for everyone’s support and help with the money and to Julia Harker for scoring.
Many thanks all