Match Reports 2017
Wanstead v Hursley Park 2.7.2016
A hastily re-arranged fixture saw us travel around the M25 again to visit Wanstead, a new venue for us. We were greeted by a very undulating outfield and sloping pitch, but it played better than it looked under the baking hot sun.
Beesle was in charge for the game, and called correctly so we batted first in a 30 over fixture. Sian and Sarah A opened up and were soon into their stride with some good positive running interspersed with a regular supply of boundaries. Both reached half-centuries and then retired to allow a late flurry led by Shami (40 from 21 balls). Our 30 overs saw a tidy 219 posted.
A good running catch by the captain of all France kicked off our response, and a second smart snaffle followed when Georgia grasped a high, one-handed chance behind the stumps.
Wickets fell at regular intervals and Wanstead never really threatened our total – which enabled the skipper to ring the changes and go through the bowling options. Doddy was probably the pick of the bowlers, and Sian ended up with three wickets with her developing leg-spin, as Beesle concluded matters with a catch on the square leg boundary.
After a quick change and several enquiries as to whether we would be home in time for Love Island we set off on the longish journey home. A job well done.
Hursley Park 1sts v Finchley Gunns 1 25.6.2017
The clash between the top two teams in the Premier League started with a success for Timmo at the toss and we took first use of the Hursley deck. The first two balls were aimed at Abby’s pads and both went to the square leg boundary, but runs did not come so freely for the next few overs. Baz was opening with Abby in Sian’s absence and the score progressed steadily before both fell in quick succession and we found ourselves at 35-2.
Dani and Kiddo then joined forces to produce what proved to be a decisive partnership. Kiddo was the more aggressive, including a six in to the field in her array of shots while Dani accumulated steadily. The pair had added 106 and put us in a strong position when Dani was unluckily run out via a deflection from the bowler for a well-constructed 32. Kiddo went on to reach an excellent 81 (74 balls, eight fours, one six), but the later batters were unable to accelerate and it needed the last pair to take us past the 200 mark, as we were eventually dismissed for 202.
The reply had reached 29 when Ellie made the first breakthrough, dismissing the visitors’ captain – and Rach then embarked on an amazingly accurate spell from the pavilion end, sending down six maidens in a row and taking two vital wickets as well. She finished her ten-over stint with the excellent figures of 2-12, and Baz chipped in with a return catch to reduce the reigning champions to 56-4.
From there we always looked likely to win the game, but we did become somewhat sloppy in the field and with the ball. However wickets fell regularly enough and Abby continued her successful season with another three. Finchley eventually succumbed at 144, and we had finished the first half of fixtures unbeaten and sitting at the top of the league.
We will have to improve in some aspects, but a one hundred percent win record is perfect set up for the rest of the season. Long may the run continue.
Hursley Park 1sts v Bishop's Stortford 11.6.2017
The lengthy journey to Bishops Stortford saw the 1s lose the toss and asked to bat. When a team inserts the opposition they are clearly looking for early breakthroughs, but Sian and Abi prevented this and built a steady partnership. Abi took every opportunity to punish the loose ball, and she passed her half-century and with Sian in support the score passed 100. A brace of wickets followed off successive balls, but Abi found a new partner in Kiddo (Emily W) and the runs continued to flow, with Abi reaching a terrific first century for the club, before she was run out taking a second run. Her innings of 107 came from 116 balls and contained 14 fours and 2 sixes.
The platform of 173-3 was then built upon by Kiddo and Baz, who added a further 71 with some boundary shots interspersed with fine running on the large outfield, with several threes. Baz (29) was out in the final over and we closed on 247-4, with Kiddo finishing on 67 (64 balls, 4 fours, 1 six).
Rachel Carrick, returning after a two-year absence, opened the attack with Sam Moore, and it was Sam who made the first breakthrough. Rachel joined in with a couple of wickets as the home side were reduced to 32-3. A solid partnership followed, but Bishops Stortford were falling behind the required rate by the time Abi claimed the fourth wicket at 74-4, and a fifth soon followed. Southern Vipers captain Charlotte Edwards, entered the fray, prevented from batting earlier as she had been injured in the field. Her partnership with Laura Owen threatened to seize back the initiative, as some mistakes crept in to our out-cricket with the pressure mounting, and at 195-6 the game was in the balance. Timmo then made the breakthrough when she removed Owen for 66, and from there we were able to close one end and we wrapped the innings up at 219 after Baz had claimed the ‘prize’ scalp. Abi completed a fine all-round game with 3-36, and Timmo (2-29) and Rach (2-18) were also in the wickets.
So another win chalked up as we pursue Finchley at the top of the table, and Timmo still unbeaten as captain (8 from 8 stretching back to last year).
A lovely venue at Bishops Stortford, and a very hospitable side to play, so all-in-all a very welcome addition to our league. Also, fantastic to see Lottie, with all she has achieved in the world game, still contributing to the club game.
Next up for the 1s a table-topper with FInchley
Hursley Park 2nds v Odiham and Greywell 21.5.2017
The twos travelled to the twee village of Odiham to take on our friendly rivals. Skipper Mistry was on the wrong end of the coin toss, and we found ourselves inserted on what we soon came to realise was an interesting wicket. The opening batters struggled with a combination of the decent pace attack from Odiham, coupled with the invariable bounce of the surface, and we were very soon 9-2. Loogle was at the crease on 2 when Jem joined her in the middle. What happened next was one of the most exceptional 15 overs of play that HP have ever had. Loogle took it upon herself to disregard the conditions, and blasted a 61 ball century (and that was after she only had 1 run off her first 11 balls she faced). The innings was explosive to say the least, but also high quality with runs being scored all round the wicket, demonstrating quite the 'abattoir' of shots from our Naval player. With 20 obers left in the innings, Loogle look set to double up her score, but Kev Hartnett got the breakthrough when Loogle popped one straight back to her. So there we were, 138-3 at drinks and Loogle had 101 of them. Jem had played the ultimate supporting role, currently residing on 8 runs to her name. Mistry came to the middle following drinks, and suddenly the velvet carpet that Loogle had been batting on disappeared, and 6 maidens in a row from the Odiham skipper dried up runs. Both Jem and mistry proved that the longer you bat the easier it becomes, as they batted the reaming time and put on another 70 odd runs, bringing the total to 199-4 as Jem was run out off the penultimate ball striving for maximum batting points.
So, a target of 200 was set for the home team, and to open up the bolwing for HP was Anisa and Emily Mac. They bowled a tidy spell each, with Anisa getting an early breakthrough. Soon for Odiham, shots were flowing, and piercing the tight ring of HP as Liv and Kev both got starts. A couple more wickets shared around and the Hartnett twins were soon at the crease together. They batted well for a time, but Mistry with her line and length saw the score board run dry for a while. The breakthrough soon came and the captain finished her spell 3-10. Becky was taking wickets at the other end, and soon Bev was left on her own with the tail. Everyone had a go with the ball, and no one disappointed, including juniors Caz Garratt and Georgia Watson. Bev got to a top scoring 28 for her side, but the first ball from the left arm of Doddy (bolwing in a pizza hut cap, obviously!) was too good as she missed the straight one. The job was done as Odiham were eventually bowled out for 110, giving HP an 89 run victory. This completes 2 wins out of 2 for the 2s so far this season.
Hursley Park 1sts v Ansty 21.5.2017
The wicket had been sweating under the covers for a couple of days, and with a good ‘drying’ day anticipated it was going to be the plan to field first. That depends on winning the toss of course, but the visiting skipper called correctly and we had to take first dig.
It was Ansty’s first visit to the Quarters and they were impressive from the off, with a very slick and well-rehearsed set of warm-up drills, followed by an accurate opening new ball attack. Runs were not proving easy despite Abby threading two fours through the off-side field, and Sian fell to a sharp stumping as she over-balanced. Dani, back from injury for her first game of the season, dug in and held firm, while Abby’s well-constructed 27 was ended by a catch behind. Kiddo injected some momentum with her usual busy approach, coupled with a pair of well-struck boundaries before she became another victim for the keeper at 85-3. Baz and Eleanor fell cheaply, but Beesle and Dani put together a valuable 28, before Dani’s hard-fought but ultimately crucial innings came to an end as she tried to accelerate the scoring rate. Although frustrated by regularly finding the fielders, her innings of 36 showed great patience and application.
The rest of the order took us to 155, which we thought was about par, but the batting conditions were certainly improving.
Ellie made an early breakthrough when she dismissed her Loughborough team-mate, but the visitors moved to 43-1. The introduction of Abby saw an immediate breakthrough, when she won an LBW decision against the Ansty skipper, and she struck again soon after. At 61-3 the game was in the balance, with two Sussex county girls at the crease – but Ellie held a sharp catch at square leg and a further Evans wicket followed as she finished with another four-wicket haul (4-35 this time). From 67-5 a partnership of 41 seemed to tilt the game back in Ansty’s favour as opener Lucy Western reached her half-century. The crucial wicket came when she holed out to Baz off Timmo’s bowling and from there the end came fairly quickly, with Kiddo (2-1) and Timmo (3-21) completing the victory by 33 runs.
So two wins from two for the 1s, and as news filtered in from Odiham of the second team victory, it was a very happy crew that partook of a celebratory drink in the Hursley sunshine.
Hursley Park U16 v Petersfield 15.5.2017
Both sets of players did well to keep going as the drizzle descended on a grey evening at the Quarters, as we opened our league campaign with a 73 run victory over Petersfield. Anisa and Jess dominated our batting, both finding the boundary frequently as they reached the maximum 30 before retiring. Georgia held the innings together at the other end as we amassed 142 from our 16 overs, aided by an abundance of extras.
Jess was on target with the ball, starting with a wicket-maiden and following with another maiden, and the fielding was very good considering the worsening conditions. Laura and Hannah bowled well without reward, and it was Alice who struck next, claiming two wickets in her three-over spell, and then Ava took her first wicket for the club. There was just time for skipper Anisa to claim a wicket with her experimental off-spin, and we were able to return to the relative comfort of the Nursery Ground pavilion.
A good start to the season for the girls. Let’s hope the weather picks up for the remaining junior games, and we do not have a repeat of last season.
Hursley Park v Ashford 14.5.2017
A cloudy sky greeted the players at the Quarters as we entertained old friends Ashford on the Nursery Ground in a 40 over game.
Laura Cheney became the latest of our juniors to make a senior debut as Jemma won the toss and decided to have a bat. The Ashford attack was good and tested the early batting, picking up the wicket of Becky. But we were able to replace one international captain with another, and Shami joined Sian in seeing off the new ball, carefully at first but then becoming more expansive. The pair took the score to 82 before Shami was stumped and at drinks we had reached 96-2.
Runs again proved difficult after the break, but Sian eventually broke the shackles and passed a hard-fought fifty before accelerating in conjunction with first Jemma and then Anisa, as we closed at 191-4. Sian finished unbeaten on 88, a well-constructed innings.
The first breakthrough in the reply came when the Ashford skipper learned the hard way of the folly of taking on Mistry in the field, and Anisa followed up with the second wicket. Mistry then joined in with a brace of her own, one well snaffled by Keira at gully, and despite a well struck 60 odd by the Ashford number 6 we were able to give plenty of bowlers ago as we won fairly comfortably, two more run-outs ending proceedings.
A very worthwhile work out, and a good justification for playing this type of game on the non-league Sundays.
Hursley Park 2 v Langley Manor 7.5.2017
The first Sunday of the league season is always an exciting time and the fact that we had both teams playing at the Quarters made the 2017 lift-off even more special.
The first team were already underway on the adjoining pitch when Beesle lost the toss and the visitors decided to have a bat. It did not take long for our bowlers to make inroads, Anisa striking in the first over. The second over was sensational as the captain of all-France marked her league debut with a trois wicket maiden, and the Manor were 4-4!
The later batters recovered to some degree, but Jess joined in the fantasy point trawling with three wickets and there were catches for Doddy and Aneeqa, and a wicket each for the Garratt sisters as the innings closed at 58.
Shami fell early in the reply, the first of three LBW victims in the innings, but Becky completed a fine all-round match to lead us home by seven wickets with an unbeaten 25.
The points wrapped up before tea, which allowed the players the luxury of indulging fully in Mira’s gourmet offering (I’m guessing they would have done anyway) and then wander over to watch the 1s complete a daily double.
Hursley Park 1 v St. Lawrence 7.5.2017
The April weather had allowed plenty of cricket to be played, so we felt reasonably well prepared for our first game of the Southern League season.
The visitors from Kent won the toss and decided to take first knock on what looked a typically flat wicket at the Quarters. Ellie and Baz opened our season, and Ellie found the edge a couple of times early on, but nothing went to hand. A couple of off-side fours got the visitors up and running and there was no sign of an early breakthrough until Baz managed to breach the defences of her university colleague at 41-1.
Sam and Kiddo were next in to the attack, but although the bat was beaten several times another breakthrough was not forthcoming as St.Lawrence steadily built their innings to 77-1, including five penalty runs for a helmet infringement. It was the introduction of Abby, on home debut, that broke the partnership when she won an LBW decision in her first over. The combination of Abby and Timmo kept the runs in check, but the total passed 100 with only 2 down at drinks. As often happens the refreshment brought a breakthrough as Tayz held a high-catch at mid-off, and with runs starting to dry up and the pressure on the batters increasing the St.Lawrence opener was run out for 49 when her partner called a suicidal single to Baz at backward point. A third wicket for Abby came from a return catch and then Timmo entered the wicket column as Sian held on to a firm drive at short extra-cover. The tail put up little resistance as Abby finished with an excellent 4-23 from 10, and Sian joined in with a couple of wickets with her developing leg-spin.
A target of 150 did not seem too daunting on a still good surface and Tayz and Sian got us off to a quick start as the opening bowlers struggled to find a length. Tayz fell after striking five fours in a quick-fire 25, and the bowling became steadier, but Abby and Sian progressed relatively untroubled as they took the score past 100 before Sian fell for 29. Abby (46 not) was joined by Kiddo (19 not) and the winning target was reached before the drinks interval, with eight wickets in hand.
A good, solid winning start to the season and we were done and dusted by 6 o’clock. There will be tougher challenges ahead, but it was a good all-round performance, with those who have included Abby in their fantasy team being particularly pleased.
Hampstead v Hursley Park 30.4.2017
We made the slightly arduous journey (well certainly more arduous for some than others) to North London to play Hampstead at Winchmore Hill CC.
Jem won the toss and batted, which was very helpful as a couple of players were still not at the ground. The scorebook informs me that Beesle and Jem fell early (I did not witness this as was the driver of said players above). Sian and Timmo rebuilt the innings and were looking solid when I eventually arrived in the 12th over. By the time umpiring kit had been donned Sian had fallen for 20, and as soon as I arrived in the middle Timmo followed. When Anisa and Shami fell either side of the drinks interval we appeared to be in trouble at 67-6 on a difficult wicket, but Becki batted with good judgement, waiting for the loose balls and defending the good ones, which is a very sound basis to work from.
Garnering support from the mother and younger daughter combination of Garratts, our blossoming French contributor reached an accomplished 40 and took us to a respectable (in the conditions) 140.
After a tea that satisfied most taste buds Emily Mackenzie made an early breakthrough on debut, and soon had the first three wickets. Anisa joined in with a wicket of her own, and our variety of bowlers were pretty much on top from there, with Sarah G displaying some amazing fielding skills as a highlight to the post-tea session. There were wickets for Shami and Caz before Sian displayed her newly-discovered leg-spin talent to mop up the tail, and a comfortable xxxx run victory.
A good early season workout, and most set off to tackle the M25/M3 combination again, while others retired to a local hotel to fight more London-based battles the following day.
Dorset v Hursley Park 23.4.2017
A very pleasant spring day greeted us for our first outdoor outing of the season as we made our way from various directions through the country roads of Dorset to the pleasantly appointed ground at Shillingstone Cricket Club.
In a 40 over game Timmo decided to have a bowl when we won the toss, and Mistry got our season underway with the new ball, a pink one as requested by Dorset as they use pink balls in their county league. Both Mistry and Sam bowled some good deliveries but also showed some signs of early-season rustiness with a few more wides than would be hoped for. Sam though produced a pearl of a delivery to claim the first Hursley wicket of the season, bounce and movement finding the edge which Eleanor snaffled behind the stumps. Runs weren’t flowing, with the exception of a too steady flow of extras and the county side’s batsmen were not prepared to take singles against our fielders who were looking pleasingly sharp in the one-saving positions. However, they did get a bit bolder when unwisely trying to take on Baz’s arm for a second, resulting in the second wicket at 30-2.
Shami was introduced for her first bowl in Hursley whites, and Anisa also joined the attack, and they managed to keep things tight with only 27 runs coming from 9 overs before Anisa’s impressive spell was rewarded with the third wicket - another nick behind to Eleanor. At drinks Dorset had reached 60-3, but as often happens the drinks produced a wicket flurry as Baz struck in her first over, removing the patient Dorset opener, and followed it up by winning an lbw decision in her next over, with a Timmo wicket sandwiched in between, and Dorset were suddenly 69-6.
The skipper continued to rotate the bowlers and Sian got the chance to bowl her newly developed leg-spinners while Abby had her first bowl for us. Both did a good job, but extras continued to be a little bit more frequent than we would like. Another run out, this time courtesy of a Shami/Eleanor combination was followed by a wicket for Abby, and then Mistry returned to finish off the innings with a couple of wickets, as the innings closed on 117.
One thing almost guaranteed at village grounds is a quality tea – and we weren’t disappointed at the fine array of home-made cakes and scones. Following this nutritious offering Sian and Beesle opened up for us, and the Dorset opening bowlers bowled impressive spells, keeping things very tight and claiming the early wicket when Nicole’s defence was breached. Sian and Eleanor were kept in check as only 16 came from the first eight overs, but the change of bowling released the shackles and the fifty was brought up in the 11th over as both produced a flurry of boundaries, which could have been one more if the brave bowler had not obstructed a ferocious straight drive which nearly took her hand with it, and resulted in her taking no further part in the game.
Eleanor fell for 16 at 51-2, but the run-rate was not slowed as Abby played positively from the outset and she and Sian also ran with good urgency. Abby hit a return catch to depart for 22 (from 20 balls) and Sian’s innings soon after when she was trapped in front for 37. That left just enough time for Rebecca to launch a couple of straight fours down the ground as she was joined by Baz to see us home.
A good start – and a real bonus to have such good weather this early in the season. The extras conceded were a bit of a worry, but the fielding was generally good and a few batters managed to
get some worthwhile time in the middle. A jaunt back through Dorset and most were home and hosed by 7 o’clock. Keep the sunshine and roll on next week