HWRCC U15s take many positives from defeat
HWRCC U14s + Nick lose to Wycombe House
Hampton Wick were looking to bounce back after a defeat last week and had high hopes for the match on this overcast evening.
Hampton won the toss and elected to bat as decided by the captain Nick Browning. The opening batsmen were Dillan Goss and Nick Browning. A solid start from the openers sealed 6 runs of 4 overs and they were both looking strong against the opening bowlers.
Nick was looking very strong hitting fours almost every other ball racking up the runs whilst Dillan was playing tactically until the 11th over where he was bowled. He ended his time at the crease with 6 runs.
Keerat Khaira was next in line with a promising history of high scoring. Nick was clearly in his element here scoring a half-century by the 15th over. Keerat however was getting more confident and starting to hit well and subsequently stacking up the runs.
Nick was now going for it hitting balls left right and centre but a miss-hit maybe cost HWRCC a wicket as he was caught out but with a very respectable score of 63. Now it was the turn of Alex Delaney, who was looking big from the go, swinging but getting a single from the first ball.
Keerat was on strike most of the time racking up the runs and hitting respectable fours to leave us ending the match with 138 runs and down 2 wickets. Keerat finished on 47 and Alex finished on 8.
It was a great effort from the four batsmen.
Now came the time of Fielding, and opening the bowling was Nick Browning. He bowled a very fast and swinging ball, which perplexed the batsmen in the opening over. The second opener was Nabeel Shahpurwala who was a fast in-swinger on the look-out for some wickets but failed in the opening 3 overs.
The opening batsmen for Wycombe House were excellent and stopped the two opening bowlers getting them out, but Dillan was about to produce a plumb of a spin and caught the opening bowler under his bat and struck the wickets for our first breakthrough of the match.
After Dillan there was Alex who bowled 2 overs and medium pace before Max Houghton and Ethan Mitchell came for their spell. Max bowled an amazing spin catching the unconfident batsman’s edge before Keerat caught the ball and we then had 2 wickets. Ethan was pressurizing the batsmen with slow loopy balls, which they had to keep their eye on.
There was 4 overs to go and and the opposition needed 7 runs to win so captain Nick came back into bowl with Nabeel. Nick gave away 5 runs in his over and Nabeel bowled a good delivery but a great shot followed and the runs they needed got taken.
Unfortunately we lost by 8 wickets but there was a good performance by every one of the boys at the match.
By Alex Delaney