HPCC U11s snatched a thrilling tie on the last ball of an nail biting game vs Alconbury at the Hemingford Pavilion. Sam and Jonah kept their nerve in a scrambled single after a nurdle through to square leg. The throw into the bowlers end just wasn’t quite accurate enough to take the bails off, but it did however deny Hemingford an unlikely win. Earlier in the game Jonah nearly took a hattrick with the last 3 balls of the Alconbury innings, Izzy took a marvelous run out with a direct hit from backward point and Sophia and Rupert blazed 22 for the first batting partnership.
Bowling first, Hemingford restricted the flow of runs and took regular wickets to peg Alconbury back to 225. Jonah was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3 wickets for 4 runs, demonstrating the importance of line and length. Rupert bowled with control and pace and unnerved the Alconbury batsmen, taking 1 wicket for 6 runs. Keeshav and Sam chipped in with one wicket a piece, whilst the fielding was sharp and alert throughout. There was the usual chirpyness in the field, encouragement like “Send those bails to Wales” and “Wicky Coming” kept the bowlers motivated. Aden did a brilliant job behind the wicket, conceding no byes whatsoever and Izzy took a remarkable run out after a direct hit from Backward Point.
Sophia and Rupert got the Hemingford reply off to a fast paced start and it looked at that stage that Hemingford were going to breeze past the Alconbury target. Rupert (14) scored a couple of boundaries and was well supported by Sophia (8), but the most impressive part of their partnership was the opportunistic running between the wickets. Clear calls to each other pinched lots of singles which kept the scoreboard ticking over. The innings stalled somewhat in the middle of the game as some excellent Alconbury bowling took wickets and stemmed the flow of runs.
By the time Sam and Jonah came into bat, Hemingford still needed 11 runs to win, knowing that any wickets lost would likely make the target insurmountable. Sam, playing hist first hardball game, looked at ease under pressure and played some picture perfect forward defensive shots. Jonah was equally cautious but both managed to protect their valuable wickets whilst clocking up singles. Needing 2 off the last ball to win the pressure reached boiling point, and when Jonah nurdled to the square leg fielder you could feel the tension in the watching crowd. A mad scramble to the other end sealed the tie for Hemingford which was in retrospect a fair result between two very well matched teams.
The moody looking clouds threatened all evening, on another muggy evening in Cambridgeshire, but this only added to the tension and drama that unfolded.