2017 has been a very successful season for Waresley colts. The U15’s are County Champions, despite the fact that the side fielded 5 under 13’s every week. Both U13 and both U9 sides finished second in their respective leagues. 2017 was also the first year in which the club put together an all-girls team. In all, we had 117 colts registered with the club, with 30 newcomers to cricket through the new Allstars initiative.
Thanks to all the coaches and team managers who helped make this season such an enjoyable and successful year for our colts.
Waresley CC Youth Awards 2017
Under 9 Wolves – league position 2nd, wins 8, losses 3
Player of the year – Ben Barrett 141 runs/no outs, & 14 wickets
Clubman of the year – Elliot Ratcliff
Under 9 Warriors – league position 2nd, wins 6, losses 2
Player of the year – Sam Tuke-Hastings 82 runs/3 outs, 6 wickets
Clubman of the year – Luke Lowten
Under 11 Wolves – league position 8th, wins 0, losses 5
Player of the year – Rylan Upton 34 runs/3 outs, 3 wickets
Clubman of the year – Josh Munns
Under 11 Warriors – league position 4th, wins 4, losses 3
Player of the year – James Petzer 151 runs/2 outs, 8 wickets
Clubman of the year – Sam Baker
Under 11 Girls – wins 1, losses 1
Player of the year – Olivia Paul
Under 13 (8-a-side) – league position 2nd, wins 4, losses 2
Player of the year – Josh Sibley 83 runs/5 outs, 3 wickets
Clubman of the year – Joe Life
Under 13 – league position 2nd, wins 6, losses 2
Batsman of the year – Archie Jones 205 runs, av 51
Bowler of the year – William Paul 11 wickets, av 4.6
Clubman of the year – Olin Kinsman
Under 15 – Champions, wins 6, losses nil
Batsman of the year – Jamie Baker 274 runs, HS 102*
Bowler of the year – Sam Noble 11 wickets, av 5.6
Clubman of the year – Ben Irish
Andy Donald – Youth Development Manager
Here is a brief summary of the first four weeks of the season taken from our Facebook Page - to save you looking at Play-Crciket!
First Week of Season – Friendlies:
A win & a lose this weekend - Saturday we beat Loughton by 96 runs - fifties for Nick Taylor, Josh Smith & Alex Scully. High scoring defeat at Burwell today - 332-9 to 277-9. four wickets for Joe Colebrook -maiden ton for Samuel Johnson -110* congratulations! Simon Donald got 50 for Burwell.
2nd Week - 1sts Start League Campaign
Waresley beat Eaton Socon by 5wkts in 1st League Game of the Season ESCC 196-8 WCC 197-5 - Alex Scully made 78.
Waresley 2nd XI started their season today with a friendly against NCI 2nds - lost by 3wkts - scores - WCC 178-4 (Dominic Farr 77) NCI 180-7 (Terry Hayden 3-29)
3rd Week – Leagues in full swing!
Brilliant win for 1st XI at St Ives by 7wkts St Ives 215 all out Waresley 217-3., 3 wkts each for Michael Ninneman, Jake Allcock & Alex Scully. Jack Abgelberger hit 69, Alex 52 & Charlie Lewis 47. Partnership of 136 between Jack & Charlie - 28th highest 2nd wicket stand in Club history. Won by 7 wickets with 8 overs to spare
4th \week – all teams up & running now!
1st XI suffered first League defeat at home to Ketton -Ketton 225-9 WCC 172
Good game for Aussie Michael Ninneman took 3-40 and then hit 52 coming at number 7. Alex Scully hit 31 & Dominic Farr 30. BJ tight as ever with 3-22 off 10 overs.
2nd XI lost to Newborough in the Hunts League Div 1.WCC 171-8 Newboro 173-5
Good knocks of 56 from Andy Parry & 32 from Jim Keys. 3-40 for Ashwin Reddy.
Waresley & Eltisley Sunday XI lost a tight game to Queens Pk Westfield Beds in the Beds League Div 3 by just 2wkts.
QPW 209-8 with 9 balls to spare.
Waresley Warriors Under 11's got their season off to a great start with a 45 run win over Godmanchester Giants at Waresley Park. Waresley net score 282 Godmanchster 237.
Well done to Rylan Upton, Elliot Mansell, Lewis Wright, Toby Pilkington, Lucy Barrett, Ben Barrett, James Petzer & Sam Baker - joint top after one game!
The sad news has been received that Peter Walker, a life member of the Club, passed away yesterday at the age of 90. Peter arrived in Waresley in 1943 when his father moved the family from near Rotherham in Yorkshire to Wood Farm (after the Staceys left and before the Mears took it over). They later moved to Gransden and ran a very successful Hay & Straw supply company. When Waresley CC was reformed in 1949, Peter was involved in the organisation of the club from the start, being one of the first to pay his 7/6 annual subscription. Although he played a number of games in the early days, he was better known on the field as the Club Umpire and carried on this role into the 1960’s and beyond. Off the field he was a busy committee member and raised large amounts of money for the club with Whist Drives and the weekly Bingo sessions held in Gamlingay from the 1950’s up to the end of the 1980s. As well as these, he also organised the Waresley Six-a-Side tournaments which were among the most popular in the region in the 60’s & 70’s and the Beat Night at the ground in 1964 when Eden Kane &the Crusaders were due to perform. Keen to see the club develop, he made a generous donation towards the construction of the new Pavilion in 1990 and continued to sponsor the club right up to this year. Outside of Cricket, he was a keen actor and was a member of the Gleaners Amateur Dramatic Society who performed many plays in the area, especially at Waresley Hall. A great servant & supporter of the Club, he will be sadly missed and we send condolences to his sons Alan & Chris and all of the family. Peter's funeral will be at Great Gransden Church on Wednesday 17 May at 11am.
As Andy mentioned in the previous article - Waresley C C has signed up for the new ECB initiative to encourage all children aged 5 to 8 to play Cricket - 'All Stars Cricket'. Eight Saturday morning sessions will be held from 20 May to 8 July from 9.30 to 10.15 am and all children will receive a personalised kit bag with a bat, ball, backpack, cap, water bottle & personalised shirt to keep. A fun introduction to the game and basic coaching will be given over the sessions and parents are encouraged to participate. The cost is £40 per child - have a look at the ECB website, spread the word and sign up!
The Colts Season gets underway next week - here is a letter from our Manager, Andy Donald:
Great to think the season is almost upon us. The weather is warming up and the ground is looking good after some expert pre-season attention from Groundsman Roger Bullen and other club volunteers.
We’ll be having our first Friday night Colts training on April 21st – not long to wait now! We aim to start at 6.00pm prompt. For those who cannot stay up at the ground for the training sessions (the bar will be open!), could we ask that you delay trying to travel back down the track till 6.15pm. It is only wide enough for one car, so this will avoid any ‘snarl ups’ with latecomers! We also had one or two complaints from local residents last year, of cars speeding up the track creating dust clouds. It is a private road owned by the residents, and we ask all users to the cricket ground to respect the wishes of those who have to maintain it.
A change from last year is that the coaches feel a 2 hour session is too long for our younger players. With this in mind, we have decided to finish under 9 & 11 training at 7.30pm. Under 13 & 15 training will continue to 8.00pm.
Attached is a Registration Form which we would appreciate you completing and bringing along to the first session so that we can get organised in time for the first league matches. Subs remain at £30 for the season with additional match fees of £2 payable on match day. Waresley Kit can be ordered from www.mrcricketshop.co.uk
New for this year is an ECB initiative called “All Stars” which is aimed at getting 5-7 year olds into cricket. The programme will run on Saturday mornings from May 20th for 8 weeks and looks like an excellent introduction to the game. Check out the link www.ecb.co.uk/play/all-stars/centres
The coaches have met together to talk about the new season and we are all looking forward to another happy season of cricket. If any parents feel they would like to get more involved this year by helping with managing a side or joining the coaching team please speak to me; the more the merrier…
Please feel free to pass this message on to anyone you know who would be interested. It’s better to get it twice, than not at all!
See you on the 21st.
Waresley Youth Cricket
The 2016 AGM was held in the pavilion in December with 22 members present. Jim Keys reported a drop in profits mainly due to reduced income and paying off the ECB loan. We are still in a healthy position but need to ensure all opportunities to raise funds are taken. Ground equipment may need replacing in the near future and the pavilion extension plans will require funding so we cannot be complacent and future increases in subs may be unavoidable. All those who have helped with fundraising were thanked including Gareth Thomas for organising the ball sponsorship and, Nick Greenfield with the bar. Jim was thanked for his efforts.
Chairman Kevin Cole congratulated the 1st XI and particularly captain Tom Griffiths on maintaining their position in Tucker 1, with some impressive performances after a testing start to the season. The 2nd XI were congratulated on a hard fought season in Hunts Division 1, initially under Steve Warman but the Chairman thanked the others who stepped up to take on captaincy responsibilities (Jim Keys & Lawrence Frederick) with the sad passing of Steve’s mum Linda during the season. She was a much loved part of Waresley CC and will be sadly missed. Peter Colebrook was thanked for working hard in difficult times to keep the Sunday team rolling. Kevin highlighted to the AGM the agreed plan for next season to have the Sunday team play in Division 3 of the Beds league, along with Eltisley CC as part of club merger. Andy, Jim, Nick Irish & Pete were thanked for their hard work in the off season managing this new setup.
Kevin said how pleased the club had been with the overseas players in the 2016 season with Tim & Jane Colebrook thanked for putting them both up.
The colt’s management led by Andy Donald and including the Development team setup were congratulated on another successful year.
Kevin said what a positive state the club was in right now, with having so many members taking on roles and responsibilities within the club. All officers were thanked including all those who do much work behind the scenes like Trish Bullen and all the tea ladies. He particularly highlighted Roger Bullen’s input and said how if he were to stay on in the role he would need much more support. The new scoreboard was put into its new home before the start of the 2016 season and thanks went to all those involved with the scorebox, including Simon Jarvis who helped Kevin build it and Ian Jacks for support & donation with the solar panel setup.
Kevin echoed the words of the Treasurer with respect to the bar and thanked Nick Greenfield for his efforts once again.
The outgoing President, Michael Banks, was thanked for his support over the last few years and particularly for acting as guarantor for the ECB loan for the nets, which has now been paid off.
The Chairman’s final plea was for all players to support the captains and keep playing cricket!
The Officers for 2017 were elected as follows:
President: Gareth Thomas
Gareth has been a member and servant of the Club since 1970 and honoured us by accepting the post of Club President.
Chairman: Kevin Cole
Vice-Chairman : Phil Gillett.
Secretary: Phil Masdin
Treasurer: Jim Keys
Fixture Secretary: John Gillett
Head Groundsman: Roger Bullen (but with wider support from the club)
Social Secretary: Jane Colebrook
Welfare Officer: Terry Hayden (but will need replacing for 2018 season)
Web Co-ordinator: Rod Kerr
Bar Steward: Nick Greenfield (subject to new rules being implemented and adhered to)
1st XI Captain: Tom Griffiths
1st XI Vice-Captain: Jake Alcock
2nd XI Captain: Terry Hayden
2nd XI Vice-Captain: Andy Parry
Sunday Captain: Pete Colebrook
Sunday Manager/Vice-Captain: Nick Irish
Development Team Manager: Andy Donald (on field – Nigel Gadsby)
Youth Team Managers: Andy Donald. Managers for the youth teams will be arranged next year
It was proposed to elect all the current VPs with the addition of Mr & Mrs Ben Griggs, Barry Hayden, Michael Banks.
Committee members: Andrew Lowin, Steve Warman & Brian Burgess were proposed as an additional committee member.
It was proposed not to increase annual subscriptions and match fees for the 2017 season. Currently stands as
Increase Annual subscriptions:
Over 16 & not in full time education £50
Over 16 & in full time education £35
16 & under or unemployed £30
Agreed by all
Steve Warman thanked the club on behalf of the Warman family for their kind words and support following the passing of Linda.
John Gillett raised a concern regarding the lack of participation by the club in midweek evening cricket. Whilst it was agreed by all that this was a disappointing situation, there is unfortunately a lack of availability for such cricket and therefore unrealistic to enter these competitions in 2017.
It was noted that there are still discussions underway regarding the makeup of the local leagues for future seasons, despite proposals not being voted in at league AGMs. There is potential for further meetings this year (league Chairman meeting 14th Dec?) and Kevin has been in discussion with the Tucker league to ensure that Waresley is involved with any “Executive management Committee” meetings and receives correspondence. There was general agreement that the league season should not be reduced.
The club will enter the National Village Competition in 2017 with Sam Johnson as captain
Ian Jack requested the club to notify him if any balls were hit onto his roof so he could retrieve before they’re ruined
The final game of the season is upon us. Time for the 1st XI to play a MichaelBanks XI. It all kicks off at 11:00 in the morning and ends up with the Waresley Awards. Come one come all...
We had a surprise visit from a 1904 steam car made by the White Sewing Machine Company Ohio USA. Phil Gillett and Alex thumb a lift and get a ride around the outfield......
Sorry the camera is a bit shaky! The filename says "Phil Alex 1904" - that doesn't imply Phil was born in 1904!
1st XI defeat to Saffron Walden
Waresley lost a close game against Saffron Walden in their Cambs Tucker Premier League match last Saturday. Batting first on an excellent wicket, Waresley made a slow start, only scoring 38 runs from the first 20 overs. Alex Scully (64) and Rob Lowin (27) were the only batters to really attack the bowlers, and a score of 168 from 50 overs looked below par. Some excellent bowling from Waresley, particularly Gary Cole (10-1-24-2) who was returning from injury, and Nigel Buckingham-Jones (10-2-23-1), reduced the home side to 87-5. But a dropped catch off Alistair Russell (67*) proved crucial early in his innings, and the home side got over the line with 2 overs to spare.
1st XI on a roll
Waresley recorded their 5th win in a row in the Cambs Tucker Premier League last Saturday. Put into bat on a wet Waresley wicket, the home team made heavy weather of some accurate bowling early on, but crucially did not lose wickets. As Godmanchester rotated their bowlers, Waresley started to build some momentum into their innings. Nobody found runs easy, with skipper Tom Griffiths topscoring with 33. He was supported by Nick Taylor (22), Jake Allcock (21) and Rob Lowin (20). For Godmanchester, Russel Withey ( 12 runs from 10 overs) and Simon Rose (2 wkts for 13 runs from 8 overs) were economical, and Waresley's total of 150 all out looked slightly below par. The visitors found runs equally hard to come by, until Paul Swannell (40) came to the crease. He set about the Waresley spinners with 2 sixes and 6 fours, but was undone by Gary Cole ( 10 overs, 2 wkts for 24 runs). The remaining wickets were all shared around, with Jack Richards ( 9 overs, 2 wkts for 30 runs) also proving a handful, as Godmanchester were bundled out for 115.
1st XI cruise past Blunham
A fourth win in a row on Saturday against the bottom team, Blunham, has lifted Waresley into mid table of the Cambs Tucker Premier League. Put in to bat on a wet wicket and slow outfield, Waresley slowly built the innings to finish on a respectable 181 for 5 wkts from their 50 overs. Skipper Tom Griffiths (52*) led the way, supported by Charlie Lewis (34) and Jake Allcock (37). For Blunham, Geoffrey Fitzgerald (21 runs for 1 wkt) was the most economical bowler. Blunham were never really up with the run rate, despite the efforts of Michael Pickard (32) and Connor Heaps (50), and subsided to 131 all out in 44.4 overs. Wickets were shared around amongst the Waresley bowlers, with Robert Lowin (3 for 15), Nigel Buckingham-Jones (3 for 17) and Jack Richards (3 for 28) the key performers.
Development XI win vs Ampthill
Another win for the Waresley Development XI on Sunday. Batting first, Waresley scored freely from the first over, finishing on 205 for 6 wkts from their 40 overs. Main run scorers were the adults, Andy Paul and Nigel Gadsby, but useful contributions from Ben Irish (17), Alfie Safford (20), and 12 year olds Archie Jones (16) and William Paul (14) meant a very useful score. Ampthill never looked like challenging the score, and were all out for 54. All the colts bowled, with the pick of the bowlers Poppy Safford (only 4 runs from her 4 overs), Alfie Safford (3 for 9), and Ben Irish (3 for 3).
Waresley held their annual under 9 tournament on Sunday 3rd July. The clubs invited were Orton Park, Houghton & Wyton, St Ives, Little Paxton, Cambourne, and Burwell, along with the Waresley Warriors and Waresley Wolves.
Some great cricket was played by all teams, with Burwell winning their group and Cambourne coming 2nd. Waresley Warriors won the other group, beating Orton Park and Houghton & Wyton (by 1 run!!), and having a thrilling game with Little Paxton which ended in a tie! Houghton & Wyton came 2nd, having only lost to the Warriors.
The Warriors finally met their match with Burwell winning the 1st place play off to win the tournament, leaving Waresley runners up yet again in their own tournament. Cambourne beat Houghton & Wyton in the 3rd place play off, and Little Paxton won the bowl-off that was being held whilst the play offs were happening. The Wolves were unlucky to be drawn in a very tough group which included St Ives, Burwell and Cambourne.
The Waresley Warriors player selected by the umpires for the most impressive performances in their team was Lewis Wright, and Lucy Barrett won the award for the Wolves. Theo Morris from Burwell was nominated the player of the tournament.
The weather was kind, and everyone enjoyed the day.
A profit of approximately £630 was made plus bar earnings. Well done and thank you to all involved.
Histon bowled out by 1st XI for 38
Waresley achieved their 3rd win in a row in extraordinary fashion by bowling out Histon for just 38 runs in their Tucker premier league match last weekend. Bowling first, the Waresley seam attack made good use of damp conditions to destroy the visitor's powerful batting line up. Rob Lowin, 4 wickets for 11 runs in his 10 overs, and Gary Cole, who took 4 wickets for 6 runs in his 10 overs were the main protagonists. Waresley made short work of the target, losing only 1 wicket in the 11.1 overs batted, with Ian Donald topscoring with 19*.
Welcome win for Sunday XI vs Eversholt
A welcome home win for Waresley against fellow strugglers Eversholt, in their Beds Premier League game on Sunday. Batting first, Waresley were in all sorts of trouble at 56 for 7, but a stand of 79 between Jack Richards (53*) and Freddie Nickolds (35) meant that the hosts reached a respectable 174 all out. Waresley opening bowlers Tom Baker (7-4-7-3) and Robert Lowin (8-2-26-5) blew the Eversholt batting line up away, and only some late hitting from Jack Fuller (45) got the visitors past the 100 mark.
Development Team success vs Biggleswade
A second win for the Waresley development XI this season against Biggleswade leaves them in top spot in the Beds Development League. Batting first in damp conditions, Waresley scored 159 for 8 in their allotted 40 overs. The experience of Richard German (50*) helped all the youngsters, with another excellent innings from John Kendall (38) in support. All the Waresley bowlers chipped in, as Biggleswade were dismissed for 101 in 24.4 overs. Pick of the Waresley bowlers were Nathan Baird (3 wkts for 7 runs) and Charlie Crowe (3 wkts for 29 runs)
Second much needed win for 1st XI
A second win on the bounce for Waresley against a powerful Wisbech side has lifted them out of the relegation zone in their Cambs Tucker premier league match. Fielding first, Waresley made full use of all 4 of their spinners. Wickets were shared around, with Nigel Buckingham-Jones (10-5-13-2) the pick of the bowlers. After tea, the Waresley opening batsmen set about the Wisbech seam attack. Only spinner Gary Freer (6-1-20-2) troubled the batters, as they reached the target in only 23 overs. A welcome return to form for wicketkeeper Alex Scully (59*), who also had a superb game behind the stumps, was the icing on the cake.
1st XI in vital win vs Nassington
Waresley claimed a vital win at Nassington in their Cambs Premier League Tucker Gardner game on Saturday. Fielding first, they reduced the home side to 26 for 4 before Adam McDermott (44) and Conor Craig (20) helped the score to 150 all out in 48.3 overs. Pick of the bowlers for Waresley were the opening pair of Tom Baker (3 for 20) and Chetan Chauhan (3 for 19). In reply, Waresley struggled with the new ball, but a stand of 63 between Ian Donald (53) and Sam Johnson (27) nearly took them over the line. A fine spell of seam bowling by Dan Bandaranaike (5 for 12) reduced the visitors to 115 for 8, but skipper Jake Allcock (29*) saw Waresley to victory with just a ball to spare, giving them a maximum 24 points.
Development team pip Henlow in close encounter
Waresley just pipped Henlow in a close development match on Sunday. Put into bat, Henlow made a fine start as Rory Fookes scored an excellent 55, supported by Neil Tomkins (26) and Reece Franklin (27). Charlie Crow for Waresley came on to bowl as 4th change, and slowed the Henlow effort by taking 4 wickets for 13 runs in 5 overs. Waresley lost early wickets in their reply, but a stand of 64 between Oliver Gadsby (38) and John Kendall (44) put the visitors back on track, as they scored the winning runs in the final over for the loss of 6 wickets.
1st XI defeat to Saffron Walden
A third defeat on Saturday to Saffron Walden leaves Waresley in the relegation zone of the Cambs Tucker Premier League. Walden batted first and steadily compiled 225 all out in their 50 overs. A dropped catch of Alec Smith (84) when he was on 0 might well have made a significant difference. Waresley's 3 spinners all bowled economically, with Chetan Chauhan (3 for 31) the most successful, whereas the combined 20 overs of seam went for 124 runs. Waresley needed a solid start from their openers if they were going to chase down the score, but wickets continued to tumble on a regular basis. Charlie Lewis (20), Ian Donald (22) and Dominic Farr (29) all made starts, but none of them went on to build a major innings, so that Waresley were bowled out in the 45th over for 150.
Sunday XI heavy defeat to Southill Park
A comprehensive victory for Southill Park by 182 runs over local rivals Waresley puts them top of the Beds Sunday Premier League. Dominic Chatfield (105) was the star batsman in their 274 for 5 wkts. A batting collapse when Waresley batted, saw 7 ducks, with only Sam Johnson (53*) making the bowlers work. A total of 92 all out in 30.4 overs was a poor effort for a premier side...
1st XI lose to Godmanchester
A second defeat of the season for Waresley in their Tucker Cambs Premier League match on Saturday leaves them in the bottom half of the table. Godmanchester got off to a slow start on a low bounce wicket and poor outfield, but still compiled 179 all out in 43 overs thanks to skipper Paul Swannell (78) and Tariq Aziz (40). Waresley overseas bowler Alex Watkiss bowled tidily (3 for 33), and new signing Chetan Chauhan (3 for 36) was also amongst the wickets. Waresley found it equally hard when they batted, and gradually fell behind the required run rate. Only stand in skipper Jake Allcock (44) had any impact with the bat as Waresley fell 24 runs short on 155 for 8 from their 50 overs. 12 bonus points was a reasonable return for their efforts, but next week the powerful Saffron Waldon side (relegated from the East Anglian Premier League) are visitors...
Sunday XI beat Lutonian
Waresley kicked off their Sunday league programme in the Beds Premier League with a comfortable win over Lutonians. Fielding first, Lutonians were soon in trouble at 24 for 7, with the Waresley opening bowlers, overseas Alex Watkiss (3 for 20), and Tom Baker (4 for 22) doing the damage. A recovery of sorts saw the visitors finally get to 121 all out from 24.2 overs. A superb knock of 80* by Nick Kumpukkal saw Waresley over the line in 22.4 overs ensuring maximum 30 points for the win. Next week, Waresley host local rivals Southill Park.
Win vs Blunham in the Heritage Cup
A fine innings by Aussie Alex Watkiss (101*) who hit 3 sixes and 12 fours, gave a depleted Waresley side an unexpected victory over the Champions Blunham.
Josh Smith became the joint-youngest player to be crowned Huntingdonshire Senior Player of the Year at the County Cricket Board’s annual dinner. The 16-year-old Waresley player picked up the prize at Wood Green Animal Shelter, Godmanchester, where ECB chief Executive Tom Harrison was the guest speaker, and Leicestershire spinner James Sykes (who came through the Hunts ranks) was also in attendance.
Ian Jack sent this photo in of the result of the winds last week. It seems the sight-screen bore the brunt of the winds and its days look numbered!
It may well be too much for a bit of Kevin Cole carpentry on Groundforce Day.
It's served us well over many years but maybe it's time for a new one! That'll eat into club finances.
It was great to see so many at last Friday’s Awards Night – hope those who made it enjoyed themselves. Thank you to the coaches, umpires, scorers and back-room staff who made everything run so smoothly. And most importantly, congratulations to our deserved Award Winners.
Waresley Colts have had a really positive season; the application on training nights has paid off and all age groups performed well in their respective leagues. Most noteworthy are the U13’s who finished the season Winners of their Division and semi-final, only losing to a very strong Peterborough Town in the County final. Well done to all concerned.
We currently have 7 players playing representative cricket for either Huntingdonshire or Cambridgeshire from under 10 through to under 17’s. We have put forward a further 8 nominations for County trials this Autumn covering all age groups and wish those concerned well at the forthcoming trials.
Next season, subject to agreement from all our current coaches, we will enter two U9, two 8-a-side U11, an U13 and an U15 team in the League. We will need volunteers to manage the administration of these sides as well as additional coaches. Please let me know if you would like to help in some way. The key to player development is coaching in small groups, so we need as many coaches/helpers as possible.
Enjoy your Winter Sport and I look forward to seeing you back next season.
Exciting times at the club - are you the winner - or the seller of a winning ticket? See here... thanks as usual to Nick Greenfield, all the sellers and buyers for raising important money for the club.
|Date||£20 (£100 on 6 Sep)||£30 (£200 on 6 Sep)||Sold by|
|Sunday 9 August||Jasmine Hodges||Andy Towns||Simon Blows / Nicola Donald|
|Sunday 16 August||Eric Barron||Bernie Schofield||Graham Meeks / Nick Irish|
|Sunday 23 August||Mark Dix||Jasmine Hodges||Nicola Donald / Simon Blows|
|Sunday 30 August||Chris Wells||Ben Buttler||Steve Baker / Nicola Donald|
|Sunday 6 September||Richard Claxton||A Childerley||John Gillett / Nicola Donald|
'A bad day at the office' was the only way to describe the 1st XI's home defeat to Histon on Saturday in the Cambs & Hunts Tucker Premier League. Fielding first, Waresley proceeded to drop 8 catches in allowing Histon to score 259 runs for only 2 wickets. Histon topscorer was James Mynott (102*), and he was well supported by Michael Wright (73) and Tom Cosford (67*). All the bowlers were punished for lack of control. For a while when Ian Donald (60) and Zac Ringrose (49) put on 96 runs at a run a ball, it appeared Waresley had a faint chance of winning. But once both these batsmen were dismissed in quick succession, the rest of the innings subsided to 162 all out. The next 2 matches are against the top 2 sides in the league, and Waresley are still not safe from relegation. Bonus points even when not winning are crucial to prevent them from getting sucked into a dogfight at the foot of the table.
Meanwhile on Sunday the Sunday XI inflicted a first defeat of the season on runaway league leaders Lutonians in last Sunday's Beds Premier league. Batting first, Lutonians set about the Waresley bowling, initially scoring at over 6 runs an over. But once Naeem Khan (37) and Hamid Riaz (59) had been dismissed, the run rate fell away. Credit for this must go to the bowlers who maintained a tight line and length. Joe Colebrook (5 for 51), who took most of the initial punishment, was the pick of the bowlers, and Dominic Walker (1 for 17 off his 9 overs) bowled tidily at the end. Waresley were set 192 to win, and with Simon Donald (40), James Dallaway (53), and Ian Donald (41*) all scoring freely, the target was achieved in less than 40 overs.
The U13's have won their Hunts County Youth League Semi-Final at Houghton and Wyton and now progress to the final which will be held at Waresley on 16th August. The team have performed brilliantly all season and have remained undefeated finishing top of the Hunts Under 13 South Division B.
Players in photo:
Coach/Manager Andy Paul.
Ben Irish(c),Danny Jarvis,Richie Ellingham,William Paul,Samuel Noble,Joe Barrett,Charlie Crowe,Tom Hopperton,Joshua Upton,Alistair Severn,Ben Saich(wk),Corbin Abbasi.
It's a great achievement by the lads and hopefully some of the seniors, friend and family can come up and support them for the final.
The 1st XI recorded another excellent win in their Tucker Cambs & Hunts Premier League match against Nassington last Saturday. Batting first on a bouncy wicket and fast outfield, Waresley initially struggled against some fine seam bowling by Nassington's overseas bowler Ryan Duffy (4 wkts for 29). Only Charlie Lewis (91) with a brilliant knock looked comfortable, until he was joined by skipper Simon Donald (39) in a stand of 83. With Ashwin Reddy (22) also chipping in, Waresley only just failed to get to 200, being all out on the last ball of their 48 overs for 196. 15 year old left arm spinner Harrison Craig (5 for 47) cleaned up the lower order batsmen, but proved to be expensive. Waresley were soon into the wickets when they bowled, with Joe Colebrook (3 for 39) the best of the seam bowlers. Josh Smith (5 for 34), returned his best bowling figures of the season with his lively off spin, as Nassington were bowled out for 161. Josh, who is in Essex CCC Academy, has been selected to play in the Bunbury Festival for London & South East next week, and we wish him well.
The Sunday XI had a comfortable home win in last Sunday Beds Premier League match against Ampthill. Fielding first, Waresley restricted the visitors to 175 for 8 wkts in their allotted 45 overs. Wickets were shared around, with Zac Ringrose the most impressive of the bowlers with 2 for 24 runs from his 9 overs. Only Ben Bradley (39) and Liam Everitt (41) made any significant contributions to the Ampthill score. Waresley set off in their run chase at over 5 an over, and only a mini collapse of wickets near the end gave any cause for concern. Ian Donald (66) with his 3rd fifty in 4 innings was again the chief run-scorer, with important cameos from Charlie Lewis (31), Andrew Naylor (27), and Ringrose (25*).
Waresley were outgunned by a strong Ketton side in last Saturday's Tucker premier league match. Batting first, Waresley were soon in trouble at 8 for 3 wkts, but Charlie Lewis (56) and Jake Allcock (33) established a platform for the lower order batters to set a target of 182. Ketton's South African spinner Van Duyter was the most successful bowler with 4 wkts for 34. Waresley had to make early inroads with the ball if they were going to have any chance of a good result. At 60-3, Ketton were wobbling, but a fine knock by former Peterborough Town player Rodgers (73*) and Van Duyter (45*) meant the away side ended up comfortable winners.
In a rain reduced match of 38 overs, Waresley inflicted a damaging defeat on local rivals Southill Park's title ambitions in the Beds Sunday premier league. Batting first on a wearing wicket, Waresley struggled to 142 all out in their final over. Only Ian Donald (51) managed to score heavily, with support from Dominic Farr (18) and Zac Ringrose (22). George Darlow was the pick of Southill's bowlers with 4 for 29 from his 9 overs. Southill also found conditions difficult when they batted, and with Ringrose (4 for 15) putting in his best performance with the ball, only Rani Thiarra (36) made much of a contribution as they were bundled out in the 32nd over for 126.
This one passed me by a little but Phil Gillett took 6 for 14 in the 2nd XI win over Ickwell. This was the 14th best return for the 2nd XI and 63rd best in club history. It brings Phil level with Nigel Buckingham-Jones on 22 5fors for the club - only one behind father John and two behind Steve Slater. Rod Kerr remains a distance away on 36. See Club Records or download the complete spreadsheet for more.
Waresley lost a very close and exciting match against last season's league champions, Ramsey in the Tucker Gardner Premier League last Saturday. Batting first on a wicket that took spin from the start, Waresley made 230 all out in 45.5 overs, leaving Ramsey 50 overs to achieve their target. Chief run makers were Tom Griffiths (67), Simon Donald (43) & Jake Allcock (41). Ramsey's overseas left arm spinner Barningham was the pick of the bowlers with 5 for 36 from 11 overs.
Ramsey attacked from the start in their innings, and only a brilliant one handed catch by Charlie Lewis prevented Cafferkey (42) from taking the game away from Waresley. West (89) played a captains innings in keeping the score ticking along, but Waresley were taking wickets at regular intervals at the other end. Wickets were shared around by all the bowlers, with Jim Keys (2 for 26) the most economical. Ramsey finally got over the line with 2 balls to spare, when last man Verral hit a six to the short boundary to split the field. Waresley take some consolation in that they picked up maximum 18 bonus points despite losing.
The 1st XI suffered another heavy defeat against Godmanchester on Saturday in the Cambs Premier League to leave them at the bottom of the table. Batting first, the home side made steady progress, with Sam Johnson (47), Jake Allcock (39) and skipper Simon Donald (38) all making scores without going on to establish a commanding total. Waresley were all out in the 48th over for 183, some 40 runs short of their target. The Godmanchester batsmen M Pateman (70*) and T Aziz (67*) came flying out of the blocks and soon wrapped up victory in 29.1 overs, losing only 1 wicket. None of the Waresley bowlers achieved any sort of control, which would have applied some pressure, thus allowing the visitors to score freely.
The Sunday XI lost their Beds League match by 5 wickets in a rain reduced 25 over match against Luton Town & Indians. Batting first, Waresley initially maintained a fast run rate but lost wickets at regular intervals. The innings was held together by 15 year old Josh Smith (48) as they made 123 for 8. This was always going to be a difficult target to defend, and a cultured 51 from Sachin Wagh gave the home side victory with an over to spare. Pick of the Waresley bowlers was Rob Lowin with 1 for 16 in his 5 overs.
The Development XI scored a fine home win over Biggleswade in a closely contested match. Batting first, the Waresley youngsters scored freely with 14 year olds Ben Irish (48) and Oliver Gadsby (58*) the pick of the batsmen. Harry Roberts (1 for 13 off 8 overs) was the tidiest of the Biggleswade bowlers, with 172 for 4 wickets proving a challenging score. Jensen Smailes scored a patient 45 for the visitors who ended up 13 runs short with 8 wickets down. Jamie Baker (1 for 14 off 8 overs) again lead the Waresley attack, but dropped catches prevented him from claiming more victims.
A fantastic bowling performance from 13 year old Jamie Baker nearly swung this exciting Development XI match against Queens Park Bedford in Waresley's favour. Waresley batted first and were dismissed for 96 in the 40th over. Sami Younis was the pick of the Queens Park bowlers with 3 wkts for 16. Baker then opened the bowling for Waresley and took 6 wickets in his first 5 overs before getting a well earned rest. Taiyub Hussain (48) was the chief run scorer as Queens Park took their score to 94 for 8 wkts before Baker returned for his second spell. His first ball produced another wicket, and his second ball grazed the stumps before Queens Park No 11 finally got the 3 runs needed for victory by 1 wicket! Jamie's figures of 7 wickets for 11 runs will surely be a contender for the Waresley performance of the year at the end of the season.
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Meanwhile a high scoring match at Histon saw the 1st XI fall to another defeat in the Cambs & Hunts Premier League on Saturday. Put into bat, Waresley were soon scoring freely with 17 year old Charlie Lewis (110*) making his maiden century for the club. He was well supported by Ian Donald (58) and Jake Allcock (52) as Waresley amassed 252 for 4 wkts before declaring in 45 overs. This generous declaration meant Histon had 51 overs to chase the target at 5 runs an over. The only Waresley bowler to exert any pressure on the batsmen was Allcock (4 wkts for 37) as several sharp catches went to ground. Histon finally got over the line in the 50th over after losing 8 wkts. Waresley did pick up 18 bonus points which was a small compensation for the loss.
A superb all round bowling performance was the foundation for a resounding win in the Beds Sunday Premier League for the Sunday XI at Flitwick, who were restricted to 173 for 8 wkts in their 45 overs. A patient 78 from Jimmy Hart was the only significant contribution for Flitwick as wickets tumbled on a regular basis at the other end. Pick of the bowlers were Tom Baker (2 for 15) and Dominic Walker (2 for 19). Waresley got off to a flier in their innings as Marc Pearson (40) & Alex Scully (34) put on 59 for the first wicket in under 7 overs. Ian Donald then made a classy 61* from only 64 balls to see Waresley home in just 29.4 overs for the loss of 5 wkts.
Waresley 2nd XI travelled to Nassington for their Hunts Div 1 clash with a very inexperienced side, and came away victorious and with 18 points. Bowling first on a slow wicket, Waresley destroyed the home side's batting, by shooting them out for 53 in only 26.2 overs. Pick of the bowlers were young Tom Baker, 1 wicket for 4 runs in 7 overs, and veteran Pat Ellerbeck (4 wkts for 3 runs). Waresley knocked off the runs losing only 2 wickets for a comprehensive victory.
Meanwhile the 1st XI suffered their second defeat of the season in the Cambs Tucker Premier League Div 1 game against the reigning champions Ramsey. Batting first, Waresley struggled to 141 all out in 41 overs with only stand-in skipper Ian Donald offering any resistance with a well crafted 71. Ramsey took just 26.3 overs to knock the runs off, only losing 2 wickets, with M Cafferkey (55) and J Markland (52*) putting a partnership of 95 together to end any lingering hopes for a Waresley victory.
The Sunday XI recorded their first win in the Beds Premier League last Sunday with a 90 run victory at Ampthill. Batting first, Waresley racked up 297 runs in their allotted 45 overs. New signing Alex Scully made 88, Nick Kumpukkal 60, and overseas player Zac Ringrose 75 no. Ampthill never really threatened, losing wickets on a regular basis with only Archer (62) and Riches (61) making any significant contributions. Pick of the Waresley bowlers were Tom Baker (2 for 28) and Ashwin Reddy (3 for 33).
Burghley got their season on the way in convincing fashion away at Waresley on Saturday. Having won the toss the visitors decided to bat on what seemed and ended up playing like a very good early season wicket. Openers Dave Cannie and new recruit Tom Banham started positively with the latter taking the role of aggressor, hitting the bad balls and keeping the scoreboard ticking over. The 50 partnership came quickly between the two and there were good early signs of a good total. Cannie was the first wicket to fall for Burghley, picking out Nick Greenfield at point for a patient 17. This allowed Rob Emery (28) to the crease to build another partnership, both Banham and Emery played with freedom with positive strokes and punishing the bad ball when it came, Banham recorded his first 50 for the club in good time with a platform set up well. With a debut 100 on the cards Banham would have been disappointed to fall just ten runs short, being caught behind by Steve Warman off Tom Baker for a very well constructed 90. This brought club coach Nick Cowley to the crease with the bears looking to post 200+, the intent was there but Cowley was a bit out of sorts and struggled to run through the gears, he fell to Baker for 5. Adam Renton came and went without struggling the scorers, securing an early place in the feared duck phal curry night. A late flurry from Barry Hancock (25*) and Chris Meadows (16*) got Burghley over the 200 mark securing maximum batting points, but Burghley were looking at much higher earlier in the innings and almost limped over the line to 203 for 5.
The hosts came out after tea patient in their approach of the Burghley total. The breakthrough eluded the opening pair of Michael Jones and Ollie Lane for some time, but there was no panic from the bowlers with a battle of patience ongoing between the two sides. Waresley were proving a tough nut to crack with the scores at 74 for no wickets at the halfway stage of their innings, with Cowley, Jones, Lane and new recruit Ian Kenyon struggling to get the breakthrough while bowling good areas in general. Jones returned with the game in the balance, taking the scalp of Waresley skipper Warman for 49. Eventually an end opened for the bears and wickets fell relatively regularly after that. The performance of the day was yet to come from Rob Emery's leg spin. Emery and skipper Jones bowled in tandem to keep taking the game away from Waresley and picking up wickets at key times, with the former ripping through with final figures of 6.4-0-12-5. Jones ended up with 12-2-49-3, with Cowley and Lane picking up 1 wicket a piece in a good all round performance. Waresley eventually ended up on 156 all out with Burghley picking up a maximum point win.
Waresley suffered a heavy loss to another recently promoted side in their second Tucker Premier League 1 last Saturday. Ketton, with their all star line up of players from Australia, South Africa, London and Peterborough Town took advantage of a poor performance from the visitors. Batting first, Waresley initially made steady progress on a good wicket with Sam Johnson (20), Ian Donald (22) and Tom Griffiths (32) all making starts, but then finding ways to give their wicket away. No-one else made any significant contribution, and they found themselves bundled out for 124 in 35 overs. Pick of the Ketton bowlers were M. Miner (3 for 23) and V. Van Duyker (4 for 37). In reply, they lost Wooley early on, but then J Miller (58*) and B Bryant (58*) took just 25.5 overs to complete a maximum 25 point win. Waresley failed to collect any batting or bowling bonus points, and will need to bounce back this coming weekend in their match at Nassington.
On Sunday Pat Ellerbeck completed the London Marathon. His hopes of following Paula Radcliffe round the 26.2mile course were dashed early on when police held him back but from that moment on it went swimmingly. If the grapevine is correct the time we hear is 3hours, 36mins, 18secs which is a truely heroic effort for someone who looks as knackered as Pat does!
Pat ran for the charity Leukaemia Care. He actually ran a marathon in 1981 and at the time was a fit rugby player (he says). He managed a time of 4 hours 18 minutes then and said "never again" at the time. So to smash that time 34 years later is a magnificent effort.
If anyone wishes to sponsor Pat his VirginGiving page is still open.
Well done Pat from everyone at the club and here's evidence (sort of) that he finished!
Waresley kicked off their 2015 campaign with a maximum 25 point home win over newly promoted Burwell on Saturday. The visitors won the toss and decided to field with their latest signing Adam Barton (3 for 30), a quick left arm bowler showing good pace on a slow early season wicket. Solid runs in the middle order from debutant Tom Griffiths (50) and Ian Donald (46) gave Waresley a platform to establish a challenging first innings total. They were well supported by overseas signing Zac Ringrose (21) and 15 year old Josh Smith (24) who took the total to 215 from their 48 overs.
A tidy start from the Waresley opening bowlers kept the Burwell batsmen quiet, before veteran spinner Nigel Buckingham-Jones (3 for 35) made the breakthrough. A rapid 36 from Marc Pearson put Burwell back up with the scoring rate, whilst Paul Redfarn (52) used all his experience to accumulate at the other end. Burwell were always up with the clock from then on, but continued to lose wickets. With all results still possible, the final over was bowled by Joe Colebrook (3 for 48), Burwell requiring 8 runs for victory and Waresley needing 2 wickets! Colebrook claimed those last 2 wickets without conceding a run sparking wild celebrations from the home side!