OTs and Romsey 5.15pm v Compton and Chandlers Ford Cricket Club U16 Indoor on Sun 01 Nov 2015 at 5.15pm
Compton and Chandlers Ford Cricket Club Won by 6 runs

Match report U16s win again at Fleming Park despite batting collapse

The U16 Fleming Park team entered Sunday's match against OTs and Romsey, who had lost two of their three previous matches, joint top of the table and had scored over 300 runs in their last two matches. What could possibly go wrong?

Batting first again, we were 22-1 after 2 overs, having lost George (3) to a run out. Jovan, though, was in imperious form and retired during the fourth over. Joe Murray was then out first ball, bowled by an absolute snorter than came back and clipped the top of leg stump, leaving us 49-2 after 4 overs. Things then got worse as, first ball of the fifth over, Dylan (6) played back when he should have been forward and was lbw for 6. So George, Joe and Dylan, who between them had scored 160 runs in the previous 2 games, had only managed 9 this time!

Alex Murray and Greg then batted sensibly to make sure we used up some more overs, Greg playing some nice shots until he was caught for 14 in the 8th over, with the score on 75. Much now depended on Jovan, but after a couple more nice shots, the innings ended after only 9.4 overs when Alex(10) managed to get run out twice in successive balls. Jovan had made an excellent 34, but our total was only 94, which would be very difficult to defend.

The Murray brothers opened the bowling and at the end of the fourth over OTs were 28 without loss, thanks to tight bowling from Joe, who had only gone for 7 in his two overs. Alex, who had starred in his previous game, was having an off day and struggling to find his line. The fielding up to this point had been pretty shoddy, as we gave away 3 lots of overthrows in the first 2 overs.

Greg then bowled an excellent fifth over, only going for 2, and Dylan came on for the sixth. His first ball was smacked back over his head for 6 (the first sign of any real attacking intent from either batsman). At the half-way point, OTs were 41-0 and probably slight favourites. The fielding was now sharp though and we started to chip away with wickets.

Greg (2-17) completed an excellent spell (which included a good stumping by George) and Dylan finished his 3 overs with 1-17, after going for 10 in his first. Jovan bowled a solitary over, which went for 11 but claimed 2 wickets. There had been some good captaincy by Joe, whose bowling changes and field placing all seemed to work out. It should also be said that we had benefited from some very generous interpretation of the "wide" rules, even more than OTs had when we batted!

All this meant that Joe ran in to bowl the last over with OTs needing 18 to win with one wicket left. He decided to keep the interest going by bowling a no ball that went for 7, so they now needed 11 from 6 balls! Their number 6 also seemed a very capable batsman. With 7 needed off two, Joe then bowled a ball well outside off stump, which might have been called a wide, but luckily wasn't! After another dot ball we were home by 6 runs, Joe finishing with only 18 runs conceded in his 3 overs.

They say that the hallmark of a good side is to win when not playing well, which is what happened tonight. A very good bowling performance rescued a poor batting one. Hopefully this will knock any over-confidence out of the team before the next match against Langley Manor, who were joint top before this game. Well done on another win though boys!

Compton and Chandlers Ford Cricket Club U16 Indoor Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
3nb 21w 3lb 
for 6 wickets

(9.4 overs)
Jovan Dhariwal Run out  34
George McCarthy Run out  3 1 1
Dylan Read Lbw  6 2
Joe Murray Bowled  0
Alex Murray Run out  10 1
Greg Littlehales ct Winstanley b. Humphries 14

OTs and Romsey 5.15pm Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
J Trodd1.001500.0015.00

OTs and Romsey 5.15pm Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 5 wickets
88 (1.2 overs)
Watham st McCarthy b. Littlehales 15
J Trodd ct A. Murray b.Read 19
Winstanley ct Read b. Littlehales 2
Newman ct McCarthy b. Dhariwal 3
S Trodd ct Read b. Dhariwal 1
Humphries not out Not out 16

Compton and Chandlers Ford Cricket Club U16 Indoor Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Joe Murray3.001800.006.00
Alex Murray2.002100.0010.50
Greg Littlehales3.001728.505.67
Dylan Read3.0017117.005.67
Jovan Dhariwal1.001125.5011.00