Good morning everyone. What a lovely
weekend the last couple of days have been. Hope you all have enjoyed the hot sunshine of early spring.
Now it’s, Monday again :(, the time for the captain’s
We played extremely well as a team and with the right spirit.
However, we lost to a team who know how to take the advantage of their odd-shaped home ground. But it was more
or less evenly contested. Prior to the match, we received a prediction from HNCC Nostradamus (Ben
Swingler) about the outcome of the match (Final outcomes are in the bracket &
“Big runs from Tim hill after his coaching session yesterday
(HOLDS TRUE), Arg drops a sitter but takes a screamer (DIDN’T DROP THE SITTER), Dawes hits the first boundary of
the year (HOLDS TRUE), Jon makes some runs (HOLDS FALSE) but gets out playing an ambitious hook shot (HOLDS
TRUE), we give one of our guys out to a dubious lbw decision (HOLDS TRUE), there are 2 run ours prob involving
Arg! -) (THERE IS A RUNOUT WHEN I WAS BOWLING – THAT’S A GOOD THING, RIGHT?) And Dominic takes 3 wickets (DOM
DID NOT GET ENOUGH CHANCES TO BOWL). Hncc win (I WISH!).”
I lost the toss and was sent to the field, although I would
have chosen to field if I could have won the toss. Ollie and Tim started the attack. Tim took the first wicket
of the season. Good bowling from Ollie too. Venky and I were the 1st change. Both of us were able to
check the run rate and took three wickets each. I have managed to scout out an off-spinner Ravi, who was super
with his bowling but, unfortunately, no wickets for him this time. I was able to use other 3 bowlers Madu, Sam
and Dominic and they did well too. Moreton scored 202/8 at the end of the allotted 35
Jon was great with the gloves as usual and, special mention,
he took a valuable catch when the Moreton opener nicks the ball. Fielding, in general, was great special mention
Sam, James (took a boundary line catch) and Ravi.
Jon and I opened the batting for HNCC as usual. Not a good
start of the season for Jon as he gloved a ball and the ball went up and it was an easy catch for the keeper.
Bad luck Jon you didn’t deserve the duck. Then James and I started to slowly build-up the innings. Now, it is
looking like, James and I are getting 50+ partnerships every time when we are in the crease together. I, scoring
41, was LBWed in the middle of the innings. Then followed by two more LBW victims – Ravi and Venky; both scored
2 runs each. James Dawes scored 24 runs with lots of sixes and boundaries and, then, was caught at the boundary.
Tim Hill was superb as usual with his power and elegance for batting and manages to get 40 before he was caught
out by a stupendous fielding. Our middle order and the tail end didn’t do too well (17 runs for the loss of the
last 5 wickets) and we were 145 all out by the 30th over.
Many thanks to Dominic for managing to find time to
play and congratulations on your 6 not out!; I am aware that you needed to sort timings
for your work and GCSE homework. Highly appreciated.
v. Donnington away at Donnington Castle lane ground (RG14
2LD) on this Sunday (29th April, 2 pm start). Please be there by 1:50 pm if you are
Please let me have your availability ASAP and ideally by this
Just would like to make you remember, Donnington Castle
is a special ground for us. Jon and Ben scored the record-breaking opening partnership of 187 runs (Jon 82, Ben
103). Ben’s century was first of the three centuries that HNCC registered last season. So guys, hoping for an
exciting match this time too.
We are holding an outdoor net session tonight from 6:15 pm
onwards @Dean Meadows (Hampstead Norreys RG18 0TR). We are expecting a few new recruits to join us in the
nets. Please let me know if you would like to join the nets tonight.
That is it for today mates. See you at the nets
Have a great week ahead.
Sunday Captain, HNCC