Gidea Park & Romford Cricket Club Under 11's v Upminster A on Sun 13 Jun 2010 at 9:30
Gidea Park & Romford Cricket Club Lost by 92 runs.

Match report Havering League - 20 overs 'normal' cricket, i.e. not 'Terriers'

Upminster 'A' 147-4
Gidea Park & Romford 55 all out
Upminster ‘A’ won by 92 runs

On a bright sunny morning at Gallows Corner our captain for the day Patrick Dalton lost the toss and Upminster decided to bat first. GP&R’s bowling started steadily with opening bowers Elliot Ross and Noor Ahmad both taking a wicket in their first over. However Upminster’s batsmen then dug in, scoring steadily as the bowling deteriorated and ‘Park’ had to wait until the 14th over for their next success, with George Tewkesbury then taking a wicket in each of his 2 overs courtesy of catches from Charles Herold and Tommy Lyons. With 2 of the Upminster batsmen reaching 25 before retiring ‘not out’ the scoreboard was ticking over far too rapidly with Upminster’s healthy run-rate being helped by the home bowlers contributing more than 50 to their opponents total (again!) via a combination of wides, no-balls and byes. So after their 20 overs Upminster had reached a healthy 147-4.

To chase down a score like that it was going to be important for the older pros in the side (the school year 6 boys most of whom have been playing for a couple of seasons now) to play sensibly and to all make a contribution. Unfortunately this was not the case and a combination of some poor shots and confused running between the wickets soon saw GP&R in deep trouble. With only Joel Mundy and Elliot putting up any resistance (Joel top scorer with 12 and Elliot 10 not out) our innings tamely fell apart. Our batting effort was rather summed up by what proved to be the last over of the game as our last four batsmen were clean bowled in successive balls – sure the bowler was bowling straight but what happened to the forward defence boys? 55 all out in just 13 overs was a very disappointing effort!

It’s pretty hard to find positives in such a poor performance: the catching was good and a couple of our batsmen applied themsleves but that’s about it. The players all need to take a look at their own performance and ask themselves why they are making the same basic mistakes week in, week out.

 Why do we bowl so many wides? Our opponents don’t!

 Why do we throw the ball at the stumps when there is no chance of a run out and give away overthrows? Those shrieking for the ball to be thrown are as much to blame as the throwers themselves; let’s calm it down, more often than not cool heads will win the day.

 Why do we run when we don’t think there’s a run on even when it’s our call? Ever heard of the word ‘no’?

If it were just down to lack of ability, simply not being good enough, then I would have no complaints but I actually think that there’s a fair bit of ability in our side, we just seem determined to hide it! What I believe is lacking is application, the desire to want to get out onto the field and prove that you can play, the commitment to really put in 100% rather than just go through the motions. I won’t mention names but the best example of this lack of application or desire that I can think of came when we were fielding on Sunday. In the middle of the Upmnister innings with their batsmen in full flow virtually all of our offside fielders were deep in conversation about how to play Call of Duty, oblivious to what was going on in the game. If you would prefer to be playing COD it's easily sorted, stay at home, let your parents have a lie in and save them the match fee!

Anyway, Manager's frustrated rant over, we have the chance to make amends over the next few weeks as we entertain Upminster ‘C’ (20/Jun) and Ardleigh Green (27/Jun) at home in our last league games before we take a break for some fun at the Loughton Kwik Cricket Festival (4/Jul) and a couple of home friendlies vs. Rainham (11/Jul) and Roding Valley (18/Jul).

Team selection and match arrangements for the visit of Upminster ‘C’ will be confirmed as normal at Friday’s coaching session.

Upminster A Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 4 wickets
147 (0.0 overs)

Gidea Park & Romford Cricket Club Under 11's Bowling

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Gidea Park & Romford Cricket Club Under 11's Batting
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for 9 wickets

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Joel Mundy  
George Earle  
Noor Ahmad  
Tommy Lyons  
Elliot Ross  
Patrick Dalton  
Charles Herold  
Colm McNulty  
George Tewkesbury  
Aidan Proctor  
Selected member not found  

Upminster A Bowling

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