Match Report - U9 Spitfires v Hartley Wintney B
Always a tense ‘derby’ match against our local rivals (well for the adults anyway !), Sunday was a scorcher of a day and the Spitfires obviously aware that it was the anniversary of the D-Day landings and this needed to be celebrated turned in a scorcher of a performance (Spitfires - D–Day – World War 2 – tenuous link, no more I promise !).
Our Captain for the day, Eddie C lost the toss and we were sent into bat on the well known batting paradise that is the Pony Field. After losing a quick wicket to the second ball of the game, the boys then went on a run of simply fantastic batting scoring a scarcely believable 80 runs of the bat with everybody contributing. Special mention has to go to Captain Eddie who scored 19 including a run of 4, 4, 6, but he was overshadowed by (proud parent moment here) Hugo who scored 32 which included two 6’s and four 4’s. We finished up with a score of 349 for 4 (net 329) which on the Pony Field is nothing short of remarkable.
After a quick drink and cake break (thanks to Cherie Denham for showing us her baking prowess) we started out in the field. The intensity and momentum we built up in our batting continued and we were taking wickets at regular intervals with Dev A taking 3 wickets and everybody else chipping in with either wickets or run-outs. At the end of the game Hartley Wintney limped to 251/10 (net 201) and Eversley ‘snuck’ a win by 128 runs.
In fairness to the opposition they were a young side who hadn’t played much cricket but the Spitfires were clinical both with the bat and ball and are turning into a really good side that would give many teams in Division 1 a good game. All in all, a great team performance and an excellent way for the coach to start his birthday (singing of Happy Birthday by the boys needed a bit of work but hay-ho I don’t coach that).
Thanks for all who helped set-up and made refreshments, four wins out of four so far, let’s keep it going.
Eversley CC is once again looking forward competing in the National Village Cup, the 42nd year the competition has been run.
This year is set to be bigger and better and no other amateur cricket competition possesses such heritage, with even the smallest of teams able to win their way to the Lord’s final.
In 2014, the competition is embracing the digital age and bringing this traditional annual event up-to-date, starting with the live draw this Friday (7th February) at 11am on the Twitter account @thecricketermag.
So make sure you follow @thecricketermag to catch all the action, and use the hashtag #NVC. You can then immediately access the full fixture list on the website www.thecricketer.com.
Last Thursday, girls and boys in Year 4 learnt basic bat and ball techniques as part of their six-week programme.
Steve Bucksey, one of the managers at the cricket centre, said: “The children come over to us every Thursday.
“It is a partnership we have at the school, it is going very well and it runs throughout the school year.
"The school blocks out the centre six weeks at a time so each year group has a turn.
“We have been running fun games for the Year 4 children, with catching and bowling skills to get them prepared to play a game.”
The custom-built indoor cricket centre was opened in January 2010. It is managed on behalf of Eversley Cricket Club by Supersportz Ltd.
Last week, the centre launched a new after-school development programme for girls and boys aged five to 10.
The most high profile change is a new No ball Law (Law 24.6) which makes it a No ball if the bowler breaks the wicket during his delivery stride.
The MCC Committee announced that the Law would be changed in February of this year and the ICC brought the ruling in as a playing regulation for the international summer.
Other changes to the Laws include limiting being out Handled ball to just the striker as he is playing the ball or immediately after; any other illegal handling of the ball by either batsman will be given out as Obstructing the field.
Noteworthy changes to the Laws:
In order to help fans, umpires and officials understand the reasoning behind the Law changes and how they will be implimented, MCC has put together an exhaustive document, which can be viewed on this site.
The previous (4th) Edition of the 2000 Code came into effect in October 2010 and has been in place up to today. The 5th Edition is now available to view on this website, and can be purchased in its traditional pocked-sized blue book format from the Lord's Online Shop.
One of MCC’s most important roles, which it has carried out since the Club’s formation in 1787, is its custodianship of the Laws of Cricket.
Although the International Cricket Council is the global Governing Body for cricket, it still relies on MCC to write and interpret the Laws of Cricket, which are applicable from the village green to the Test arena.
MCC's Laws sub-committee are responsible for the debating, decision making and drafting of the Laws, which are - in turn - passed by MCC's Main Committee, retaining a robust and measured decision-making process.