Portsmouth Cricket Club - 2020


Portsmouth B v Portsmouth Cricket Club - 2020 Colts U9A - Supporting Rowans Hospice on Mon 29 May 2017 at 10.00 Confirmed
Portsmouth Cricket Club - 2020 Won by 91 runs

Match report Whilst England's cricketers were throwing their wickets away with gay abandon against South Africa in their ODI at Lords (82 for 7 off 19), the Portsmouth U9A's and their Cousins in the U9B's were battling it out for Glory in their own version of El Super Classico on a damp and chilly Bank Holiday morning at St Helens.

The day started wet and it was clear that even though both teams had made their way to the ground in expectation of a game taking place, no one really believed that we would be playing today. Indeed, most players were playing pool in the pavilion and we were about to arrange a mini pool tournament so we didn't waste the day.....

However, what no one had foreseen was that Thomas Lunn from the B's had arrived and duly appointed himself as Chief Meteorological Officer / Weather Coordinator and after 30mins pointed out that it was just drizzle and by 11am the rain would have cleared and we should really get a move on.

Which, to most peoples surprise, is exactly what we did.

Chairs, tables, stumps, scoreboard all materialised from the store, Simon organised the repositioning of the boundary rope whilst Oscar warmed up both teams; we found the match ball, Glyn retrieved his spectacles from his cricket bag and by 10.45am we were playing. #getthegameon

As captain, Bethan broke with recent U9A tradition and won the toss. She wisely chose to put the B's into bat, no doubt believing that as the wicket dried out things would improve for her side and big runs were to be had later in the game....a prediction no one would have argued with at the time.

Indeed, as Tom had also earlier predicted, the drizzle blew away and the sun started to break through.

The first batting pair for the B's, William Vick and George Button started patiently and began to build a score, loosing just 1 wicket in their 4 overs against a concerted A team bowling attack. William B-H nabbed a wicket in the second over and was heard giving support to his fellow bowlers, good job WBH, we like to hear the chat, especially when you are encouraging your team (sledging comes much later - normally around U15...)

George D, Huw, James B and Monty continued the blistering attack on the B's, Huw poaching another of his trademark wickets in over 6.

It was clear George D thought he was Manchester United's David De Gae, as he made dive after dive to save a few balls going for the boundary, although we thought maybe that he might just playing to the watching parents as he finished his diving with a couple of additional rolls...shame about your white top George, it'll wash out, don't worry.

Reuben F and Tom L got the score up to 224 by over 8, Reuben with a super 4, solidly stroked away off Monty's almost unplayable super loopy spin, finding the gap in the A's defences, great cricket all round.

James Boorah's maiden in over 7 had pegged the B's back a little, but it was clear that they were not here to be rolled over; this was going to be a match worth turning up for.

Next in were Rio (in his first match for PCC) and Edward, who looked accomplished and up for it. They navigated the much improved and accurate bowling of Heath, forcing Rio to play the ball with some great defensive strokes. They did not loose a wicket between them and got the score up to 247, well done boys.

Finally, it was the turn of Florence and Shyun who bravely saw out the last 4 overs including a wicket maiden from James B, which gave him figures of 2-2-0-1 (Overs-Maidens-Runs-Wickets)- outstanding. I'm sure James' visiting Uncle Albert was bursting with pride.

Drinks were served, Glyn adjusted his spectacles and everyone settled down to see what the A's could do in response.

It's worth mentioning at this stage that two unknown, untried and untested players had been quietly integrated into the B team to assist with their fielding. James Vick and Samuel Thompson, clearly undervalued, overlooked, and unselected by Hampshire in recent years were itching to play and show the watching parents what they could do.

At approximately 2 foot 1 inch in height and definitely under 9 years old, both boys steadily grew in stature until they stood a full 6 feet tall by the end of the game, faces beaming as they dived, blocked and concentrated for the whole of the innings, stopping 4's, throwing well and generally giving their parents and PCC supporters something to smile about. Well done boys.

Rueben (2 wkts), Florence and Rio all chipped in with wickets and the catch of the game from Edward saw the B's nab 4 of the A team's precious wickets, robbing them of 20 runs.

The A's did well to amass 332 with James top scoring 18 and a reasonable number of generously donated extras....It's worth mentioning that this is the third game we have scored over 300.

Three wins in a row for the U9A's and well done to the B's for putting up a spirited and good natured fight on what turned out to be a great Bank Holiday morning for everyone.

Thanks to Catherine for the amazing pizza, Simon and Oscar our umpires (6 balls in an over please gents) and Tim Lunn for scoring for the B's.

POTM - Florence Bundy - For her fielding and great run out
MOTM - James Vick - For being 6 foot tall
MOTM - Samuel Thompson - For also being 6 foot tall


Portsmouth B Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
12nb 38w 5b  
for 5 wickets
241 (16.0 overs)

Portsmouth Cricket Club - 2020 Colts U9A - Supporting Rowans Hospice Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Bethan Watkinson2.00100.000.50
William Brine-Howe2.00010.000.00
Heath Maxwell2.00200.001.00
Alexander Brine-Howe2.00000.000.00
Huw Bayley2.00010.000.00
George Davis2.00200.001.00
James Boorah2.02010.000.00
Monty Goodfellow2.01414.002.00

Portsmouth Cricket Club - 2020 Colts U9A - Supporting Rowans Hospice Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
8nb 89w 4b  
for 4 wickets

(16.0 overs)
Bethan Watkinson Not Out  4
William Brine-Howe Bowled  7 1
Heath Maxwell Caught  5 1
Alexander Brine-Howe Not Out  3
Huw Bayley Run out  1
George Davis Bowled  5

Portsmouth B Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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  • Umpire :
    Simon Boorah
  • Scorer :
    Glyn Davis