Hemingford U9s coast to 78 run win

By Paul Fogden

From the first ball to the last stroke of the bat Hemingford controlled and dominated their opposition in a totally one sided match. Batting first Huntingdon had no answer to the pace and accuracy of the bowling attack. From 120 balls bowled Hemingford gave away a measly 7 wides, took 6 wickets and conceded only one boundary. Huntingdon restricted to a score of 197. Superb bowling from all the players with the pick of the bunch being debutant Liam who took 2 wickets for the loss of no runs. Other key Wicket takers on the day were Harry F (2), Archie (1) and Josh (1).

There was also excellent fielding through the innings which included a couple of slick run outs. Unfortunately, one of these was discounted when Josh (wicket keeper) overruled the umpire (who is the author and his dad!) and declared a wide should be given and the run out void. This turned out to be a lovely gesture of goodwill as it was the batsman birthday. However, at the end of the game the Hemingford coach (also the author and his dad!) was overheard stating that if this type of kindness happened again the player responsible would be dropped for the next game.

When it came to chasing the total set by Huntingdon, Hemingford batted in the same relentless vein determined to pile on the misery for the home team. All the boys reached double figures and played some good shots on their way to a winning total of 275. The running between the wickets was much improved from the previous week which was brilliantly emphasised by the last pairing of Archie and Harry F, who were both always looking for another run and never settled for just the 1 when 2, 3 or 4 was possible.

Well done to the team, a very professional performance delivered in a gracious way.

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