Gidea Park & Romford Cricket Club Under 11's v Walthamstow on Sun 15 Aug 2010 at 09:30
Gidea Park & Romford Cricket Club Lost by 46 runs

Match report Friendly – 20 over ‘Terriers’

Walthamstow 305-4, net score 285
Gidea Park & Romford 299-12, net score 239
Walthamstow won by 46 runs

On Sunday we welcomed Walthamstow to Gallows Corner for a friendly. The day got off to a bad start with Walthamstow arriving late and with only 7 players, comprising a mixture of U12s, U11s and U9s. GP&R won the toss for once thanks to a dubious toss by captain for the day Colm who (probably unwittingly) tossed the coin, caught it, looked at the face showing in the palm of his hand and then (seemingly deciding that he didn’t like that face) slapped it down onto the back of his other hand so that it showed the ‘heads’ that he was looking for. Having stuffed the opposing skipper with his slight of hand Colm elected to put Walthamstow into bat!

Walthamstow’s innings got of to a good start despite some good bowling from Charlie Haddon with their skipper batting very well to finish 11 not out, while his opening partner finsihed 1 not out. The scoring slowed down when the 2nd pair came to the crease thanks to some accurate bowling from Aidan (2 overs for just 3 runs) and a good effort on debut from young Eoin McNulty. After 4 overs Park had yet to take a wicket and it looked as though they were going to be chasing a decent score. The 3rd pair picked up the run rate slightly, only slowed by a run out from Charlie, and with the 4th pair scoring freely against some wayward bowling from Patrick and Colm the scoreboard was racing along again. The only wicket to fall was from a great diving catch by Noor off of Colm’s bowling. Walthamstow’s 5th pair were both very young and should have been fair game to the two Georges, Tewkesbury and Seager, but neither bowler could get their line right, when a straight ball would surely have brought a wicket, and the only wicket to fall went to another run out from ‘dead-eye’ Aidan with his 2nd direct hit in consecutive matches. Walthamstow closed on 305-4, for a net score of 285.

To say that our fielding performance was a disappointment is a massive understatement. All of the bad habits came creeping back into our game with players wandering out of position in the field, trying to stop the ball with their feet rather than their hands, throwing the ball wildly at the stumps from a couple of yards when a controlled under arm roll was all that was needed and at one point we even had 3 players almost fighting over the ball so that they could claim a run out – needless to say they got in each others way and missed the chance – and to cap it off for the first time in a while we dropped some catches. Not great by any means!

At half-time the Manager rolled out his normal bat sensibly team talk, “keep out the straight ones and punish the bad ones”, only to watch in dis-belief as 3 wickets fell in the first 5 balls! To their credit Charlie and Tommy composed themselves and just about got the score back into positive territory by the end of their 4 overs but it is scary what decent straight bowling can do to our batting line up. This message was hammered home when our 2nd pair were bowled four times between them, Colm x3 and George S. x1, again not at all comfortable trying to play defensively against some decent straight bowling. The score was by now hovering just above zero, kept in positive territory by the extras being given away as very few runs were coming off of the bat. Things got going a little when Noor and Aidan came in to bat, with Noor striking the ball very well until undoing some of his good work by needlessly running Aidan out with the classic calling of yes, no, sorry! 4th up were Patrick and Eoin who both batted well, Patrick scoring well and Eoin solid in defence before playing on to his final ball – a great shame as he had shown more technique in playing straight in defence than many of his ‘senior’ colleagues. When Elliot and George T. came in to bat another pep talk from the Manager, along the lines of ”bat sensibly and you can still do this”. paid dividends instantly when both were out in the space of 3 balls to Walthamstow’s youngest player! Following this the innings petered out very tamely to close on 299-12, for a net score of 239 and a 46 run defeat.

In a sense games like this one are never easy. Most of the opposition team were the wrong age, either too old and therefore capable of bowling quickly enough to put the ‘wind’ up our fragile batting or so young that you feel obliged to take in easy on them. That said, there was no real excuse for such a disappointing performance from our guys, who got so many of the basics wrong that, as I said to them after the game, "it looked as though it was week 1 of the season not week 17".

There's clearly lots of work to be done individually on technique and with just 2 outdoor training sessions to go it's going to have to happen over the course of the winter. Those who want to take their game forward should look out for the clubs e-mail regarding this year's arrangements for winter nets. The details are still being finalised but as I understand it:
- the likelihood is that the nets will take place at St. Edwards school (in the Romford Road between the dog track and Whalebone Lane)
- there will be 2 blocks of 10 weeks available (the first from mid-Oct thru to Xmas, the other from Jan roughly thru to Easter)
- you will be able to book either block of 10 weeks or both, on a first come first served basis
- numbers will be kept low (probably 6 players per 'lane' per hour) to provide time for some individual attention

As I said, keep your eyes peeled and make sure that Maria has an up to date e-mail address for you, as last year the younger age groups 'sold out' fast!

Anyway, back to this season, next up is a friendly away from home vs. Chadwell Heath (at St. Chads park I think) on Sunday 22nd – team selection (there could be a shake-up coming!) and match details to be confirmed at Friday’s training session.

Walthamstow Batting
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for 4 wickets
305 (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 12 wickets

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Charlie Haddon  
Tommy Lyons  
Colm McNulty  
George Seager  
Noor Ahmad  
Aidan Proctor  
Patrick Dalton  
Eoin McNulty  
Elliot Ross  
George Tewkesbury  
Selected member not found  

Walthamstow Bowling

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