New Era for HHCC U11s do not get the reward they deserved
So the start of a new era for HHCC U11s, with the new MacCoaches (Mackinney and McCartney) excited for our first game against Chiswick and Whitton.
Captain Sam Fullicks lost the toss and we were put into bat. Louis McCartney and Freddie Blair opened the batting. Freddie started a little nervously in his first ever competitive match but grew in confidence as the game went on. Louis was very unfortunate to be out with a great catch from Hishan. Sam came in and started confidently and hit a lovely four to the square keg boundary before being harshly adjudged LBW the very next ball, despite no appeal.
This brought Max Ratcliffe and Thomas Webb to the crease who both defended stoutly, and pushed the score along aided by some very wayward bowling. Due to their lack of experience they probably could have scored a few more runs, but that part of the game will come. They did start to attack near the end of the innings and Tommo succumbed when trying a big shot. Ryan Exworth then came in with a few balls remaining, and attacked with intent from ball 1. Max was run out off the last ball, as we reached a very respectable 77 off 20 overs.
Adam Mackinney and Thomas Webb opened the bowling and were very impressive, bowling straight and with no little pace from Adam. Tommo used flight and guile to pin the batsmen down. Adam picked up a deserved wicket when bowling a boy from his school (bragging right to Adam there). Tommo also deserved a wicket but had to make do with a run out from Sam Fullicks.
To make sure that everyone was in the game, Sam stared to rotate the bowling, with himself and Ellie McCartney continuing the economical efforts of the openers with Ellie picking up a wicket after a fine catch from Adam Mackinney at point.
Jamie Hiller than replaced Ellie and bowled very tidily with only 5 runs coming from his 2 overs. Joe Edet came on at the other end and showed some early nerves, but when he got his front arm up and straight he bowled well.
C&W skipper Jack was at the crease now and showed his experience by pushing the score along and without anyone realising, they edged closer to their target of 78.
Max and Louis then had a bowl and again were very straight and correct, and keep the game close.
With only a few overs remaining, Ryan Exworth came on to bowl and when he did not try to bowl too quick was again threatening, although was harshly dealt with in the wide department by the umpire. Sam then brought himself back on and picked up a wicket , and the game went to the last over, to be bowled by Adam, with the scores tied, Unfortunately despite a valiant effort of a run out from Max, Chiswick won off the first ball of the over.
A special mention has to be made for Owen Morris, who not only was playing his first ever match, but as a keeper as well. It is not an easy position to play, especially at this level, with wide balls to contend with and trying to concentrate for every ball in 20 overs, but he was very very impressive. With a little coaching I am sure we will have unearthed another fine keeper at the club following the footsteps of Gray, Gower, Blackmore, Wood, Newton Savage, Fernando and Mackinney (well maybe not the last 2)
The coaches, parents and the supporters were very proud of the team’s performance , especially considering that for many of them it was their first ever competitive match. The coaches are not overly concerned with results, but in how the kids play and they certainly impressed last night. With some stuff to work on (running between the wickets) we will definitely improve as a team and I have no doubt that this team will shine through.
Well done all of you