YCC: Highlights w/c 4th June – 103no for Chris Petts, 100 for Sam Kennett
· Jonathan who helped me prepare teas for the 1s and 4s this week (not sure he wants to ever butter another slice of bread! )
· And to all the 1st XI Ladies for the tea they produce collectively
On the pitch
· 103no for Chris Petts in the 2nd XI game against Falkland 2
· 100 for Sam Kennett in Sunday’s match against Sandhurst
· Win for 4th XI
· Win for Ladies XI with Debbie Piennar and Michelle Conway both retiring on 52no and 3 wickets for Megan Hughes on her debut.
· U11B beat Eversley and Dogmersfield
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Sadly losing the toss was quite influential in determining the result and Yateley were put into bat on a wet pitch with a heavy outfield and gloomy conditions. After 20 overs 55 runs had been scored with only 18 coming off the bat but the batsmen had fought hard. Ultimately a 5th wicket partnership of 80 between Upkar (60) and James (19) and a good cameo by Simon (11no) at the end gave us a highly respectable total of 148 for 8 after the full allotment of 47 overs. Predictably the conditions improved and some uncharacteristically poor catching and a visit from an ex-Thatcham first team captain (80no) made the run chase look a little easier than it really was. An ‘absolute sitter’ was dropped in the first over off Cameron from the one opener who went on to anchor the innings and score 34 and the ‘gun’ batsman was dropped a sharp chance on the boundary when they were about 40 runs out thus giving credence to the age old adage, ‘dropped catches lose matches’. On the bowling front Andy always looked threatening taking 3 for 26 in 8.1 and the only other wicket fell to the captain who nearly had his hand taken off in a sharp caught and bowled. Thatcham passed our total in the 38th over with four wickets down.
MoM: Upkar Shishodia
Yateley lost the toss on a slow pitch and were put into bat. There was a brisk start with Anthony McGowan playing attacking cricket which brought up his 50 by the 15th over only to chop one on almost immediately. Chandu got one that nipped back and Jim Henstock had a brief cameo before Wes Day picked out square leg leaving Yateley on an improbable 153-5 at drinks (23)! Samar then brought up his more measured 50 and accelerated to 72 before holing out and despite an obdurate innings from Simon Neilson and Robin Shome who hit a lofted 6 over mid on YCC were bowled out for 212 from 37. Andre Pienaar and Wes Day bowled tidily and Andre had the Newbury opener picked up at slip before tea. After tae Wes induced two more nicks that stuck and then bowled two more to put YCC in control. Bharath got the scant reward of just one wicket for a tidy spell and Owen Evans replacing Wes took 2 wickets in his tidy spell including the Newbury skipper which ended any effective resistance. Anthony then gave the ball some air to buy the last wicket to get us to the bar with more than 10 overs to spare.
A special mention in the field to Owen Evans for his liveliness and Simon Neilson for his commitment to using any part of his body to stop the ball!
A scorcher of an afternoon, a delicious tea provided by all the ladies and best of all a friendly v Eversley. A rush of enthusiasm led to YCC having 12 players eager to play so Rachel defected to the oppo for the afternoon. Yateley batswomen decided today was the day to "see ball hit ball" and soon had Eversley on the back foot trying to stem the flow of runs. Some excellent stops in the field from Eversley's young team but a mighty score of 264 loomed large. Refreshed by tea, Yateley galloped on to the field where they proceeded to bowl tightly and field superbly. A lively and energetic team created a fantastic atmosphere on field (despite some uncharacteristic sledging of Eversley's no 6 batswoman) with wickets shared around the team. 3 each for Debbie and Megan in her first Ladies match. Great game Ladies!
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Congratulations to Yateley U11 Boys who won the Skills Challenge at the Ageas Bowl yesterday evening
Yateley U11 Boys joined by Safa Akhtar (U10 Girls) traveled down to the Ageas Bowl last night to watch Hampshire beat Kent in their first T20 Blast Match of the season.
Before the match started they took part in a Skills Challenge which saw their fielding and batting abilities put to the test. They were competing against teams from Eversley, Hartley Witney, Basingstoke, Fleet and East Woodcote. The prize for winning the competition was the opportunity to form the guard of honour when the teams walked out onto the field.
We can be very proud of our boys & girls, they performed at their very best and came out the winners. I've seen the video and can report that they formed a very smart guard of honour, waving their flags with great gusto!
Afterwards they had an opportunity to meet some of the players and collect some autographs before settling down to watch Hampshire beat Kent by 9 runs.
Thanks to Jon, Mike and Sam for coordinating the evening and chaperoning the children, a fantastic experience for all.