Gidea Park & Romford Cricket Club Under 11's v Harold Wood on Sun 25 Jul 2010 at 09:30
Gidea Park & Romford Cricket Club Lost by 2 runs

Match report Havering League – 20 over ‘Terriers’

Gidea Park & Romford 298-8, net score 258
Harold Wood, 290-6, net score 260
Harold Wood won by 2 runs

On a warm but slightly overcast morning we welcomed Harold Wood to Gallows Corner for a re-arranged Havering League game. As is becoming the norm our captain for the day Joel Mundy lost the toss (is that 6 in a row now?!) and Harold Wood asked us to bat first.

The Park innings got off to a solid start with openers George E. and Joel batting sensibly and running well between the wickets (a lesson to some of the later pairs…but more of that later!) to chalk up an unbroken opening stand of 18 from their 4 overs. Second up were Sam and George T. who unfortunately got into a muddle with their running between the wickets with 2 run outs before Noor got the innings going again in the 3rd partnership with Nathan. Noor batted well with a typically hard hit 19 not out before joining in the poor running by running Nathan out. The 4th pair of Elliot and Finlay stopped the sequence of run outs, with Elliot playing well for 15 not out, only for our 5th and final pair of Taylor and Colm to conjure up 2 of the worst run outs you’ll ever see to set the total back again. Our 20 overs had seen the score yo-yo from good to mediocre with the 5, yes that’s FIVE, run outs taking 25 runs off of our total to leave us on 298-8 for a net score of 258. So, at the half-way point we had a pretty mediocre score on the board and would clearly have to bowl tightly and be at our best in the field if we were to defend a total of just +58.

Harold Wood’s opening pair started brightly but were pegged back a little by Joel’s catch off of Taylor’s bowling and with Joel then bowling the oppositon number 4 Harold Wood’s score was going nowhere. There was more trouble in store for Harold Wood when Elliot bowled both their number 5 and 6 in his 1st over and with Colm also picking up a wicket, via another great catch from Joel, Harold Wood were in trouble. However as the bowling and fielding starting to deteriorate (including our 1st dropped catch in about 2 months) Park were allowing Harold Wood back into the game and despite Sam bowling their number 7, Harold Wood reached the final over with a 2 run lead. Despite a good over from George E, who made the batsman play every ball, the last batsman managed to hang on leaving the visitors victors by 2 runs and the Park team scratching their heads as to how they had lost!

So the winning run has come to an end and although this is disappointing in itself the real disappointment is that we have lost another league game which we probably should have won comfortably. This game reminded me of the opening league game vs. Hornchurch Athletic when we lost by 6 runs despite, player for player, looking a much better side than the opposition. Yes we had a lot of our regulars missing but that’s no excuse as the opposition were probably in the same position. We simply threw this game away with some shocking running between the wickets and by bowling too many wides (again!), particularly when the pressure was on towards the end of the innings.

I’m not sure that it’s worth feeding back to Carl and Haris re the running between the wickets as I’ve been present on recent Friday evenings when they have done this subject to death, over and over again. Unfortunately, some of the players simply seem to be incapable of taking it on-board and the scary thing is that it’s so simple…..
- If you want to run you say so (by calling Yes)
- If you don’t want to run you say so (by calling No)
- If you’re not sure you say so (by calling Wait)

While some players clearly just don’t ‘get it’, others appear to be too timid or polite to shout. The message to these guys is simply don’t worry about being polite..... when your wicket is at stake you should be shouting your head-off to make yourself understood. Don’t mumble your call under your breath, or think it to yourself and run towards your partner in the hope that they can read your mind, shout..... shout as loudly and as clearly as you can. As George T’s Granddad put it on Sunday…“they should be shouting so loudly that they disturb the game on the other pitch!”

Anyway, Team Manager’s moan for the week over….. congrats are due to our not out batsmen (George E. 10, Joel Mundy 8, George T. 0, Noor 19 and Elliot 15) and wicket takers (Taylor 1, Joel 1, Elliot 2, Colm 1 and Sam 1). Man of the match was a close call between Elliot (for his runs and wickets) and Joel, with Joel taking the honours for his all round contributon with not out runs, a wicket, 2 catches and his captaincy – congratulations Joel.

Next up is a friendly (and a rare away game) vs. Epping. Epping have said that they are not particularly strong this year, describing their team as an U10s ‘development’ side, so we’ll be looking to pick a similar side from amongst our squad.

Gidea Park & Romford Cricket Club Under 11's Batting
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for 8 wickets

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George Earle  
Joel Mundy  
Samuel Hall  
George Tewkesbury  
Noor Ahmad  
Nathan McArthur  
Elliot Ross  
Finlay Goff  
Colm McNulty  
Taylor Reece  
Selected member not found  

Harold Wood Bowling

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Harold Wood Batting
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for 6 wickets
290 (0.0 overs)

Gidea Park & Romford Cricket Club Under 11's Bowling

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