An magnificent bowling display by Hemingford steered the U11s to a well deserved victory at the Hemingford Pavilion on Wednesday. 2 wickets in 2 balls from Will Hollebon, a spectacular caught and bowled from Rupert Thackeray and 3 wickets from Jonah Charles were some of the highlights in the field as Little Paxton were restricted to 248, in their chase of 262.
Batting first, Jonah Charles (4) and Ollie Hawes (3) got the home side off to a steady start, losing only one wicket and playing some great cricket shots. But the impetus for the innings came from Will Hollebon (14) and Rupert Thackeray (13) who didn’t lose a single wicket in a very strong partnership. Millie Holmes and Izzy Cope followed by Ed Holmes and Finlay Riddock saw the innings to its close, defending well and clocking up the extras on the way to a respectable 1st innings total of 261.
But it was the bowling and fielding display where Hemingford really impressed as the Little Paxton batting line up were restricted to singles, losing wickets at regular intervals. Will Hollebon nearly took a hattrick in his first over, with 2 wickets in consecutive balls, and soon after Rupert took a diving catch to his left, following through off his own bowling. Jonah took 3 wickets with some tight line and length whilst Ed’s extraordinary spell of fast pace bowling deserved a lot more than his one wicket. Izzy had a brilliant first over taking 2 wickets and conceeding only 4 runs, and Finlay had very similar figures in his two overs, taking 1 wicket for just 5 runs. Ollie Hawes showed great promise from around the wicket in the first over of his spell, and will no doubt work hard on his line for the next match.
Millie put in a great 10 over stint as wicket keeper, letting nothing past her and this was followed by a similar performance behind the stumps by Rupert who executed an opportunistic stumping towards the end.
The fielding throughout is also worth mentioning, with Hemingford pouncing on everything coming their way and not scared to take a few knocks with the hardball. The chirpiness between balls was great to hear as the team encouraged each other to keep concentrating and stay alert for the next delivery.
This first game of the season was a long time coming but Hemingford put in a performance to be proud of, well done everyone!