The Blue & Gold Bulletin - 9 Sept

The Blue & Gold Bulletin - 9 Sept

By Dave Brown
10 September
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Welcome to this week’s summary of all the news from around the club over the past 7 days.

The 1st XI completed their league title winning season with a comfortable victory at home to Stoke Green. The visitors won the toss and chose to bat first, but their top order was dismantled by Dave Brown who finished his 10 overs with 5-24. The Stoke Green no.7 restored some respectability to their innings but once he was dimissed for 60 by Ateeq Mohammed they succumbed to 180 all out with Waqas Kiani picking up 3 wickets and Alex Walker picking up his first wicket in 1st XI league cricket. The chase got off to a terrible start. Alex Martin begun the rescue from 4-2 but when he was out for 24, we were 37-3 and looking in trouble. But those were the only wickets we lost as Charlie Anderson (71*) and Harry Dahiya (70*) saw us home with an unbeaten partnership of 141. This victory means that we won the league by a comfortable margin and excitement is already growing for the 2020 campaign in the higher division.
After the game the August (+ 1 week of September) monthly awards were handed out. Majib Rehman was named batter of the month for his match (and league) winning 67 not out at OMT last week. Dave Brown was named bowler of the month for 13 wickets in the 5 games.

The 2s travelled to Hayes for a competitive but friendly affair. Hayes won the toss, batted and whilst Emily (3-35), Max (2-38) and Brian (an economical 0-21 off his 10 overs) kept the run rate under control, the other bowlers struggled to find a line and/or length as Hayes reached 222-9. In reply a fine start with 66 coming in the first 13 overs from Mike Pickard & John Moffit faded as subsequent batsman couldn't maintain the rate and despite a quality 89 from Mike, we ended on 176-5.

Next week we are intending to arrange a friendly fixture at home on Saturday.

Colts News:
Sunday 9th September was Colts Day. A separate article has been published detailing all the award winners from across the colts section. This year the awards ceremony was designed to be much shorter – the way we did this was to cut out the age group managers’ speeches and just focus on the awards. The plan is for those ‘speeches’ to be published in these pages over the coming weeks instead. We will start this week with the U16s and U15s.

U16 and U15 2019 Report by Dave Brown
U16 Season summary
It is always tricky to sort out fixtures for this age group due to the rather annoying conflict between the cricket season and those oh so important GCSE exams. Anyway we enrolled in the mid-bucks U18 league and crossed our fingers. During the exams many of the squad came along to training, an ideal opportunity to get away from the books for a bit, to de-stress and get some exercise and some fresh air. When the exams finished around the end of June we were able to get 3 fixtures played, losing 2 and winning the last one in a very emphatic manner. The games were

10 July: (A) Wendover 170-5 (Ben Cross 2-20), CLCC 127-5 (Alex Walker 43, Mattie Brown 26). Wendover won by 43 runs
15 July: (H) Holmer Green 172-4 (Ben Cross 2-10), CLCC 97-4 (Ben Cross 51). Holmer Green won by 75 runs
23 July: (H) Ley Hill 135-7 (Aidan Taylor 3-15, Shan Patel 2-4), CLCC 138-0 (Alex Walker 70*,
Mattie Brown 51*). CLCC won by 10 wickets

Given that we were an U16 team with some U15 players, playing in an U18 league (I did find it strange to manage a colts game where some of the opposition players drove away at the end of the game!!) we acquitted ourselves exceptionally well. And the win versus Ley Hill was a magnificent effort; not just from Mattie and Alex to chase down 135 without losing a wicket, but from all the bowlers and fielders to keep Ley Hill down to 135 in the first place.
Individual award winners have been published elsewhere, but I will re-cap them here:
U16 Batter of the year; Alex Walker (leading run scorer with 116 at an average of 58)
U16 Bowler of the year: Shan Patel (improved consistency exemplified with his unplayable spell of 2 for 4 against Ley Hill)
U16 All Rounder of the year: Ben Cross (65 runs at an average of 65 including one 50 and 5 wickets at an average of 9 and an economy rate of 5)
U16 Most Improved Player of the year: Luke Marsden (for playing with a smile on his face, working so hard to improve his game and seeing that work pay off especially in his fielding and batting performances)

U15 Season Summary
We played 6 matches, one in the cup and 5 in the league. The cup game against High Wycombe was a tough evening and we came comfortably 2nd. But we won all 5 league matches and finished the season in top spot; congratulations to all those who played for the team. At Chenies we are really proud of our girls teams, but it needs to be highlighted that we don’t just silo the girls into the girls teams, but they are fully integrated into all age group teams. In the U15 team 35% of all appearances were from the ranks of the girls and special mention goes to Amelia Peck for skippering the side for the first 4 games while Mattie was absent due to his shoulder injury. A summary of matches is as follows:

13 May: (H) High Wycombe 189-6, CLCC 54-10 (Amelia Peck 15). High Wycombe won by 135 runs
3 Jun: (H) CLCC 125-3 (Amelia Peck 44*, Henry James 24), Ley Hill 65-7. CLCC won by 60 runs
20 Jun: (A) Holmer Green 48-10 (James Haria 3-11, Alexander Poole 2-3, Marley Tarrant 2-3), CLCC 52-4 (Amelia Peck 16). CLCC won by 6 wickets
1 July: (H) Ley Hill 85-4 (Emily Brown 2-7), CLCC 86-3 (Henry James 25, Youie Nichols 15). CLCC won by 7 wickets
16 July: (H) CLCC 124-6 (Mattie Brown 55*, Alexander Poole 37*), Stokenchurch 120-3. CLCC won by 4 runs
17 July: (A) CLCC 103-7 (Mattie Brown 52*, Akshit Varkala 21), The Lee 93-9 (Anish Vaddiraju 3-9, Marley Tarrant 2-6, Emily Brown 2-13). CLCC won by 10 runs

The U15 award winners were as follows:
U15 Batter of the year; Mattie Brown (leading run scorer with 107. For U15 and U16 combined he scored 197 runs at an average of 98.5 including 3 50s)
U15 Bowler of the year: Emily Brown (7 wickets at an average of 9.6 and economy rate of 4.2)
U15 All Rounder of the year: Alexander Poole (61 runs at an average of 30.5 and 6 wickets at an average of 13.8)
U15 Most Improved Player of the year: Aidan Taylor (exhibited true enthusiasm for the game and produced some highlight performances – carried his bat in the run chase at Holmer Green, and took 3-15 in the U16 game vs Ley Hill)

I’d like to take this opportunity to make public some thankyous: To Chris Wenman and Mike Pickard for preparing the pitches – we have enjoyed playing on the main square and appreciate the efforts to provide us such excellent tracks, and accommodating all the fixture re-arrangements. To John Campbell for being an excellent leader of our colts section. To the parents for replying to my copious emails, ferrying the kids to matches and helping out on matchdays and providing player refreshments. And finally a big thankyou to the players for being a pleasure to coach (most of the time) and for your enthusiasm – I am a very proud coach.

We also have a match report from the Girls / Parents match that took place on colts day. Rather than colts versus parents, the teams were split into Reds and Blues with an equal representation in each from the girls and Mums. The match was played under Barrington rules and it went to the last ball of the match finishing with a win for the Reds when Emma bowled to Poppy who went for a run but the ball was quickly returned to the wicket keeper who took the bails off for a vital run out. Scores ended up with Reds on 289 and Blues on 286. Top Batting for the Reds was Lisa on 13.
Top Batting for Blues was Caitlin on 14. Only one wicket taken by Blues by Jacqui. Reds took 4 Wickets (Youie, Lisa, Anna and Emma) although Youie should have had a second wicket but the ball passed cleanly between the stumps without dislodging the bails! Ruby got the only Maiden Over in the match. Player of the Match was Lisa Walker for excellent batting plus a wicket and some excellent fielding too!

In other news:
We will hopefully have matches in the next couple of weeks, but as the season draws to a close attention turns to events at the club throughout the winter:

28/29 Sept – working party to put the ground to bed for the winter. Further details to be determined.

Date TBA – Senior Awards night. Details and date to be determined

2 November – Bonfire Night. This is the single biggest fundraiser of the year. Please do make some time to help out either at the event itself or in the run up to the event. There is lots to do and it falls to the same few people every year – please help out to make it easier for everyone. Look out for further details in due course.

18 January – AGM at 5pm

1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th March – Winter nets at Dr Challoners Grammar School.

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