Hemingford U9s played brilliantly on Sunday to secure 2nd place at county club finals day on a hot Septembers day in Peterborough. A hugely impressive all round bowling display clinched a nail biting semi final against a talented Huntingdon CC. In the final Hemingford restricted Peterborough CC’s classy batsmen well initially but the batting let them down a little against some really high quality opposition. A great mornings cricket was brought to a close as they were each awarded a well deserved silver medal rounding off a very impressive season for Hemingford Park’s youngest age group.
Batting first in the semi final vs Huntingdon, Hemingford batted OK, but struggled more than they were used to against a high quality Huntingdon bowling attack. Luca was probably the pick of the batsmen, hitting a number of glorious drives for four. Eddie did a great job of feeding the dangerous Sammy the strike who piled on the runs at the end to register a decent, but not insurmountable target. Earlier the Fowler brothers Harry and Charlie along with Ethan had laid a great foundation to build on.
Defending their solid total, the Hemingford bowlers didn’t give the Huntingdon batsmen any time or space to play their shots and took regular wickets. Eddie’s first ball of the day rattled through at pace and hit the off stump, much to the delight of the whole team. Sammy’s electric fast and accurate bowling had the batsmen bamboozled time and time again, one particular inswinging yorker Joe Root would have struggled to keep out. His brother Ethan’s natural bowling action and tight lines kept the scorebook in check, and he was ably backed up by Charlie, Harry and Luca. Everyone chipped in with wickets and kept the runs down to restrict Huntingdon and a tense calculation at the end confirmed Hemingford had made it into the final – just!
The final started well as the now feared Hemingford bowlers made life extremely difficult for the Peterborough batters. Ethan deserves special praise in the field, chasing everything down and making it dangerous to take singles and Charlie was always alert when the ball came his way. Harry demonstrated great leadership and organisation skills, keeping the rest of the fielders on their toes and ready to pounce when the ball came their way. Luca nearly took a hattrick as wickets fell and Sammy’s showed once again why he is such an exciting talent, but the classy batting side we able expertly manoeuvre the ball to the boundary regularly to post an imposing total.
Hemingford knew they needed to go big in their response, but in their eagerness to score quickly against extremely good bowlers, wickets fell far too regularly. As the heat from the sun peaked, Hemingford’s concentration lapsed and simple errors crept in, especially the running between the wickets. Peterborough won the final comfortably in the end, well deserved winners and excellent hosts for what was a fantastic mornings cricket.