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YCC: Highlights - U11As reach semi final of the county cup & Paul McCartney pens a new verse to his classic song "When I'm 64"

14 Jun 2016

YCC: Highlights Weekend 11th/12th June 


Thanks to:

  • John Muir who stepped in at the last minute to do teas for the 1s when I failed to get a single volunteer and to Paul Freeman who prepared teas for the 3s.
  • Please remember that ALL players need to take a turn to prepare tea – there is no one else to do it!


On the pitch


  • Congratulations to the U11As who are through to the semi-finals of the County Cup – come and support them on Sunday 19th June, 10am YCC when they take on Hambledon.


  • Paul McCartney inspired to pen a new verse to his classic song “When I’m 64” after watching Pettsy and Peacey bringing the 2s home for their win – see 2s match report below!


  • Win also for the 3s and Ladies and a draw for the 1s



Match Reports


2nd XI

The seconds beat Newbury by 5 wickets after bowling them out for 169 with three wickets a piece for Josh Balcombe and Andy Peace. At three down for three runs our reply was faltering but it took wonderful knocks by two of our ‘senior’ players that has already inspired Paul MCartney to change the lyrics to “When I’m sixty-four” on the Beatles Sgt Pepper album...............


Pettsy and Peacey losing their hair

many years from now


Will they still be making runs for quite a time?

Hacking, smacking. Still in their prime


If they’d been out at quarter to three

What would be our score?

But they still lashed it; and then they crashed it

Both made sixty four



................ and we won by 5 wickets


3rd  XI

I am happy to report that the 3rds were back to their winning ways on Saturday with a hard fought win against Bracknell 2’s and are now 3rd in the league behind Finchampstead (unbeaten) and Eversley.


Another lost toss consigned Yateley to batting first on an extremely ‘sticky wicket’ with a heavy outfield. Fortunately, the opening pair of Nichols and Soames were up to the task and a 57 run partnership was registered before Paul was removed for 28 by a running one handed catch. Soames (59) continued to anchor the innings and Mitchell (18) and Freeman (21) both contributed well to keep the scoreboard ticking. Ultimately Yateley scored 162 for the loss of 6 wickets in 47 overs which, if conditions stayed the same, felt like more than enough to secure a win.


From the outset Bracknell never looked like challenging for the win so the overriding task became removing batsmen as quickly as possible. Herrington and Shishodia opened with the old ball and justified this decision with 3 wickets in the first 9 overs. At one stage Upkar was 2 for 0 in 6 overs !! The Bracknell middle order put up some spirited resistance but the introduction of the new ball and the ‘old firm’ of Davies (3 for 38 in 8 overs) and Akhtar (2 for 25 in 9 overs) bought about the desired collapse and Bracknell were bowled out for 112 in the 40th over. Special mention should be made of Upkar’s outstanding effort of 3 for 7 (only 3 scoring shots) in 8 overs.  


MOM: Gerard Soames (‘Every dog has his day’ !!)



Ladies 1st XI

Early rain and more heavy rain forecast later... Yateley Ladies turned up at Old Alresford's ground (kindly lent for the match) with trepidation. Would the game get played? Would the threatening rain hold off long enough for a result? More importantly...how would we manage the long afternoon when we learned there were no tea bags?

Still, Alanna won the toss...again! Tichbourne were put into bat at 2pm with a light drizzle accompaniment and within a couple of overs were 2 wickets down. Line and length bowling with superb support from fielders meant runs were scarce. Stumps were scattered, catches were held, tight fielding meant under pressure, batters took unwise chances. By 3pm Yateley were padding up to go into bat chasing 49.

An eventful first over with a brief rain interlude got YCC off to a flying start. The loss of Alanna brought Michelle to the wicket who decided she REALLY wanted a cup of tea so in a partnership with Debbie they knocked off the runs in a further 5.3 overs. Great win on a dodgy day weather wise. 



The Yateley U11A team have won their way through to the semi-finals of the County U11 club competition. They will represent North Hampshire District having finished the first round of league matches in top place as a result of winning 4 out of their 5 games. They will probably be playing the winners of the Winchester District next Sunday and we will let you know the venue, hopefully at home, so we can get plenty of support along. The winner will go through to the County Final where they will play for the Alan Rowe Cup. Well done the Under 11s who, after finishing the indoor league unbeaten, have kept up the good work. Well done to all the lads and the coaches who work with this group


The semi-final will be played on Sunday 19th June, 10am at Yateley so come down and cheer the boys on.


Click here to see all results and scorecards.