by Paul Fogden
A comfortable 67 run victory against Warboys was followed by a nervy but exciting 8 run win against Little Paxton during a morning filled with good cricket and some individual standout performances.
First up Warboys. We fielded first and through a mixture of excellent bowling and fielding we restricted the opposition to a below par score of 201. All the boys bowled well and showed much improvement on the previous week. In particular, there were 2 devastating spells of bowling from Sammy and Josh which were full of pace, accuracy and aggression with both boys taking 2 important wickets each. Harry H and Callum also chipped in with a wicket a piece with the loss of very few runs.
Our response with the bat was immediate. Noah quickly adding 10 runs without the loss of a wicket, partnered by the methodical and patient Callum determined to protect his wicket at all costs, which he did. Sammy and Archie put in a battling performance in the middle order adding another 6 runs between them. And at the end Harry H and Josh completed the Job with a quick fire 29 runs to put the Game to bed.
Game 2 saw us pitched against a well organised and disciplined Little Paxton team. Fielding first again we struggled in the first couple of overs to get a foothold in the game. The oppositions opening batsman displayed all the ability of a County player (I later found out he is) and he quickly imposed himself on the game racking up the runs, 17 in his first 2 overs. However, the Hemingford teams resilience kicked in and by the end of this talented batsman innings he had only managed to add 1 further run, inhibited by another spell of quick and tight bowling from both Sammy and Josh.
From this point on it was an evenly matched contest with good bowling and plenty of wickets from the boys and some good shot playing from the Little Paxton batsmen. At the end of their innings they had managed to set a challenging target of 245 runs. The wickets were shared throughout the team with Sammy and Josh bagging 2 each and Archie and Noah taking 1 each.
The chase was on. A great start to the run chase led by Harry H and Archie adding 14 runs and laying down a solid foundation to build on. Sammy and Callum added another 6 runs but more crucially protected their wickets brilliantly to give nothing back to the opposition. Everything was set up for a grandstand finish. 20 runs needed off the last 4 overs and 2 of Hemingford’s big hitters at the crease to deliver the all important winning runs, what could go wrong. Quite a lot actually. After 10 balls of Noah and Josh’s innings they had managed to lose 3 wickets and score only 8 runs. They now had a new target of 19 runs required from 14 balls. A few deep breaths were taken by both players as they readied themselves for the job ahead. Taking one shot at a time each of them began to play themselves back into the match and in less than 10 minutes they taken the team past the target score of 245 and onto to a victory by 8 runs. A great recovery by both players but more importantly a great performance by the whole team.