HWRCC collapse lets Twickenham in
HWRCC U15s lose to Twickenham by 8 wickets
On a warm evening at King’s Field, two under 15 teams, mainly composed of under 14’s, had a game that was easily winnable for either side. As always, the key ingredients required for a victory were quick scoring, strong fielding and wickets.
Hampton Wick lost the toss to Twickenham and were surprisingly put in to bat, opening with Tim (U13) and Keerat, who had been in great form this season. The pair got off to a good start averaging above six an over before Tim had to come off with an injured finger. Dillan then came to the crease and continued steadily while Keerat, at the other end hit the ball hard and ran hard too despite having an injured calf. Hampton Wick then lost Keerat for 39 (resulting in the return of Tim) followed by Dillan for 16. This sparked a collapse for Hampton Wick, despite Tim getting 13, meaning they finished on 94 off their 20 overs even though they had been averaging six an over for the majority of the game.
Hampton Wick needed to be sharp in the field and strong with the ball if they were to get the win. Things looked promising at the start with Nabeel taking two early wickets; the only wickets of the innings. Hampton Wick began intensely but lost ambition as the next batting pair started to settle, which saw errors in the fielding and a fall in the bowling quality. Chances were missed with dropped catches, Hampton Wick were clearly dispirited. This meant that the current pair were able to bat out the rest of the innings with one of the them getting 53 and the other making 26 by 'tapping and going’.
Overall, despite Hampton Wick getting off to a good start in both their batting and fielding, a drop of quality during the middle overs led them to lose the game with Twickenham allowed to take charge and claim the victory.
By Dillan Goss