U11Bs: Hartley Wintney bowled over by Odiham team spirit!

As the sun peered over the tall pines at St Neots, to bathe the picturesque, beautifully kempt pitch in sunlight – Hartley Wintney won the toss and invited Odiham to bat.  The strip was baked hard and the outfield quick as Oli F and Tom W set about opening the account against some textbook line and length bowling.  A very quick straight deliveryunrooted Oli’s middle stump just as he was getting into gear but the other early batsmen kept the score ticking over until the middle order marauders, Joey M, James L-B and Ned M, accelerated with sterling support from the tail - all keen to move the total on which gave some chances that required sparkling catches to claim wickets.  As Jack J and Tom W left the middle, our 20 overs complete, OGCC had accrued 125-4 against a determined, well drilled attack.
In response, OGCC’s Captain, David W set his field astutely to tame the outfield and constrain the run rate.  Our attack was aggressive, and straight with James L-B only giving away 3 run from 2 overs and the other bowlers throttling the early run rate.  That said, Hartley Wintney were determined and kept believing and plugging away. Oli B took 2 wickets in successive balls,  Jack J had an initial haul of 2 as well but still the batsmen brought the game back to Odiham. With 5 overs remaining and 51 needed, HW’s Ben H returned to the wicket confidently’ assuring his partner ‘we only need 10 an over’ and he tried and almost succeeded! However, Odiham’s discipline was too good and as scoring was stifled, chances had to be taken and wickets fell!  As Jack J took his third wicket and Oli F dismissed Ben H, the run rate required became insurmountable for HW but they would not lie down until the last ball was bowled reaching 111-9.
A fabulous cricket spectacle, played in wonderful spirit and in a superb setting, both teams played magnificently.  Although there were sparkling individual performances it was the way Odiham and Greywell played as a team that carried the day.  Well done to all, especially the parents and supporters who were on the edge of their seats throughout.