An impressive double wicket maiden over by Aden wasn’t enough to stop Warboys & St Ives ending Hemingford U11s fine unbeaten run.
Fielding first, Hemingford bowled well against a good standard of opposition batsmen. Rupert, getting more accurate every game, stemmed the run rate taking 1 wicket and was well supported by Ed, Sam and Sophia. Louis, Will (2 wickets) and Keshav backed up the openers in the middle of the innings before Aden’s magic over put Hemingford in control. Emmett, playing his second ever game, improved his bowling dramatically during his second over and fielded well throughout.
However, the rest of the bowling and fielding was beset by a series of wides and no balls which kept the scoreboard ticking for Warboys & St Ives. Extras cost Hemingford and contributed over half of the Warboys & St Ives total.
In reply, Rupert and Millie put in a typically energetic first wicket partnership, taking Hemingford to 219 with some more quick running between the wickets. The rate slowed in the middle of the innings as Hemingford lost regular wickets to some skilled opposition bowling. Sam showed again his potential with some aesthetic looking drives and nice footwork and Keshav carefully defended in one particularly threatening over. In the gloom at the end, Ed and Aden did their best to put on the 44 runs needed, but came up short by 20 in their near impossible target. Aden in particular was unlucky not to score more boundaries with some classy looking drives, but the ball regularly held up in the long outfield grass. Ultimately though, his was the standout performance with both the bat and ball and well deserved payer of the match for Hemingford.
As the migrating geese made their way over the Pavilion square in the quickly diminishing late summer sun, the target of 279 was never realistically put under any serious threat. Hemingford finished with 260.
Thanks to Keith Wilkin for the photos