Gidea Park & Romford Cricket Club Under 11's v Ardleigh Green on Sun 27 Jun 2010 at 9:30
Gidea Park & Romford Cricket Club Won by 135 runs

Match report Havering League - 20 over 'Terriers'

Gidea Park & Romford 337-4, net 317
Ardleigh Green 267-17, 182 net
Gidea Park & Romford won by 135 runs

On a sunny and very hot morning at Gallows Corner our captain for the day Tommy Lyons lost the toss and Ardleigh Green’s skipper decided to put us in to bat. Our innings got off to a sticky start with Ardleigh Green’s opening attack bowling four useful overs first up. However, after that the bowling deteriorated and batting became progressively easier throughout the innings with 7 of our 10 batsmen finishing not out. There were some good shots played throughout and some signs of good calling and running between the wickets. The scoreboard ticked over quickly, particularly during the middle order partnerships of 20 between Patrick & Colm and 25 between Tommy & Noor, and after 20 overs ‘Park’ had amassed a very healthy 337-4, for a net total of 317.

Ardeigh Green’s reply got off to a poor start with George E. taking two early wickets to put their score into negative territory and with our second pair of bowlers also in the wickets (Colm x2 & Charlie Herold x3) the score never made it back above the 200 start point and the game was soon over as a contest. Wickets tumbled throughout the innings as Ardleigh Green’s young and inexperienced side struggled to cope with our bowling attack with successes for Noor (x2), George T. (x2), Charlie Haddon (x2), Elliot (x1) and Patrick (x1), plus run outs for Joel and George T. and a stumping for George E. After their 20 overs Ardleigh Green had made 267-17, for a net score of 182.

Naturally there are many positives to take from such a big win:
 Having 7 ‘not out’ batsmen, taking 17 wickets, finishing with a net score of over 300 and winning by 135 runs are all things that I have not seen in three to four years of watching GP&R U11s
 The catching was again very good with nothing to ground and chances safely taken by Tommy, Joel and George E.
 The number of extras given away was our lowest of the season to date at just 36

One area where there's still for improvement for many is the calling and running between the wickets as, despite having worked on this with Haris for about an hour in last Friday's coaching session, some of our players are still relying on their telepathic powers to communicate with their partner. As I remind the players every week when they come out to bat there should be a loud and clear call of yes, no or wait after every shot. They should also remember to talk to their partner as they 'cross' in the middle of a run, so that if they think that there could be a second or third run on they tell them so that they run hard and turn fast before making their mind up. If you get the chance try watching the pros in action on the TV, a T20 game would probably be best but any one-day game will do. Watch how far that they back up and how hard that they run the first run. They don't want to leave a single run out on the field and nor should you!

The only negative aspect of the day was the poor atitude of some our players towards the end of the Ardleigh Green innings when their very young players were batting. These players were playing well above their age and deserved a lot more respect for 'having a go' than they received from us. I’ll be generous and put this down to inexperience. We've perhaps not been in this sort of dominant position before and maybe the players did not know how to handle the situation. It's simple guys, you treat them with the same respect that you would like to receive if/when you’re ever in the same position (which if you play for long enough you inevitably will be one day as you step up through the colts age groups or start to play adult cricket).

As for the players who had to be spoken to by the Ardleigh Green umpire on several occasions (you know who you are), you should treat this as having received a ‘yellow card’. Any repeat in a future game and you’ll simply be told to leave the field and will not then be available for selection for a period. The rules of the game are there for your safety and its not for you to challenge the umpire on how he enforces them.

Back to the good news, George E. was named man of the match partly for having a good all round game (he was not out, took wickets, a catch and a stumping) but also for not getting involved in the silly stuff towards the end of the game. Ardleigh Green's umpire made a point of singling George out for praise, thanking him for the respect he had shown to their younger players. Well done George, a great example to many of the older (but less mature) players that we have in the side!

All change now as we move into a period of friendly cricket, starting with the Loughton Kwik Cricket Festival next Sunday. This is followed by friendlies vs. Rainham and Roding Valley. Teams and arrangements for Loughton will be confirmed at Friday’s coaching session.

Gidea Park & Romford Cricket Club Under 11's Batting
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for 4 wickets

(0.0 overs)
George Earle  
Joel Mundy  
Patrick Dalton  
Colm McNulty  
Charlie Haddon  
Charles Herold  
Noor Ahmad  
Tommy Lyons  
Elliot Ross  
George Tewkesbury  
Selected member not found  

Ardleigh Green Bowling

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Ardleigh Green Batting
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for 17 wickets
267 (0.0 overs)

Gidea Park & Romford Cricket Club Under 11's Bowling

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