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Under 13s Match Reports

Wednesday 11th June v Buxton (away)
A good performance on the whole by the boys although the perfectionist in me still thinks there are areas to improve on tonight's game. We beat a Buxton side that has not lost all season and there were good performances from Clem and joe at the end with the bat to give us a score we could defend. An excellent start with the ball from Will the king of swing Mitch Weston, and George saw Buxton in deep trouble on 6 for 6. They did recover somewhat as we took our foot off the gas and gave away a few too many extras leaving Buxton with a respectable score. (By my reckoning we did only bowl 19 overs, but I don't think it would have affected the result. By the way Dan that doesn't get you out of scoring again!!!!).

Wednesday 21st May v Dove Holes (home)
Well played to all the boys and debutant Harry.
Harder wickets and pitches like tonight are fairly easy to score runs on if the bowling is not tight, that is why it is important to bowl a good line and length as loose bowling will get punished. (You should look to set yourselves targets when you are bowling of 4-5 dot balls per over, unless you are bowling to Glenn Maxwell then I will let you off). Once the ball has passed the fielder it will inevitably go for 4 runs as the outfield is fast. Remember these experiences for future games and how the different wickets and conditions affect how the game develops.
Enough from me tonight. Those of you away next week, enjoy your holidays, and keep working on and thinking about your game.
Cricket on Calgary beach next week anyone!!!

Some interesting statistics!
Under 13s manager Charles Holden has provided the documents in the Under 13s stats page that are produced from an ipad app. They are very thorough and make fascinating reading. He will hopefully be providing these for all future games.


Wednesday 30th April v Hazel Grove (away)

One of the problems with evening matches in April is the darkness, and this game was no exception. Whaley batted first, with Alex Dickman and George Holden both retiring on 25.Will Weston added 14 and Richard Woolley was 10 not out as we finished on exactly 100. With the gloom increasing Alex Dickman took 2 wickets in 2 balls to thwart the Hazel Grove reply, and our boys managed to get through 20 overs in around 45 minutes yo finish the game victorious as Grove ended on 58 for 6.

Wednesday 3rd July 2013 v New Mills (home)

New Mills got off to a solid start against the Under 13s, putting on 44 for the first wicket in very quick time. Oli Prior then took a wicket clean bowled, and Alex Dickman did the same to stem the flow of runs. Alex got his second wicket, also clean bowled, whilst Clem Preece and Sam Johnson both claimed victims clean bowled. There then followed a run out, whilst the last wicket to fall was another clean bowled, this time from Joe Lee, leaving New Mills on an impressive 95 for 7 off their 20 overs. Alex Dickman was the pick of the bowlers, with Sam Johnson running him a close second. The batting needed a strong start, and when Alex was run out for 8 we had already reached 40. Tom Crick hit a succession of fours before retiring on 28, whilst Oli Prior was dismissed for 9. George Holden continued the run chase, finishing on 26 not out, with Clem Preece playing the anchor role to reach 5 not out. We passed the New Mills score for the loss of just 2 wickets with an over and a half to spare. It was a powerful performance from our boys, and we are confident that Finals Day awaits. It will be richly deserved after a stunning season. Particularly impressive is the knowledge that our boys will have another season at this age group in 2014.

Wednesday 26th June 2013 v Chapel (home)

The Under 13s needed a strong end to the season as they sought a place in Finals Day, and they started well against Chapel. Two run outs reduced Chapel to 33 for 2, whilst Alex Dickman got an lbw decsion then took a catch off Mikey Gilmour to make further inroads into the Chapel batting. Nine bowlers were used, with George Holden, Clem Preece, Will Weston and Sam Johnson all being particularly economical, but there were no more wickets. Chapel's total of 81 for 4 was a challenging one, and we didn't have the best of starts. Alex Dickman was run out for 4, whilst Tom Crick was bowled for the same score. George Holden and Oli Prior settled things down, and George eventually retired on 25. Clem Preece smashed an unbeaten 19, ably assisted by Oli who ended on 6 not out, and we reached our target for the loss of 2 wickets with plenty of time to spare. The final fixture is against New Mills, and a win there would almost certainly see our boys reach Finals Day for the second year in succession.

Wednesday 5th June 2013 v Buxworth (home)
It was a very long time coming, but the Under 13s finally got another game in at home to Buxworth. Tom Crick and Alex Dickman got off to a flying start, then Tom was bowled for 22 and Alex retired on 27. George Holden continued the good work until he retired on 25. Oli Prior was bowled for 6, whilst Clem Preece did not trouble the scorers, leaving Ed Webster not out 0, Sam Johnson not out 4, and the total on 100 for 4 off 20 overs. Ed Webster got things moving in the field with a run out and a wicket clean bowled, whilst Sam Johnson also took a wicket clean bowled. Buxworth fought bravely, but they could not cope with the tight bowling, particularly of George Holden, Mikey Gilmour, Will Weston and Joe Lee. They finished on 88 for 3, giving Whaley Bridge a well deserved 12 run victory.

Wednesday 8th May 2013 v Hazel Grove (away)

The under 13s maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a narrow win at Hazel Grove. Alex Dickman retired on 25, whilst George Holden was unbeaten on 19 as we reached 77 for 3, aided by 23 extras. Hazel Grove put in a great effort in reply, with the light fading, and against some smart bowling. There was a wicket apiece for Joe Lee, George Holden, Ed Webster and Will Weston, whilst a run out saw the home side finish on 73 for 5. It was a very hard fought 4 run victory for Whaley, and they take on the might of Hawk Green next week.

Wednesday 1st May 2013 v Birch Vale (home)

Under the experienced guidance of Charlie Holden, the Under 13s hosted Birch Vale and got off to a good start. Wickets were shared around, with Oli Prior taking 2, as well as 1 each for Will Weston, Ed Webster, Sam Johnson and Thomas Crick. There were two catches, with Mikey Gilmour and Sam Johnson doing the damage, and Birch Vale closed their innings on 27 for 6, helped by 18 extras. Alex Dickman was dismissed for 2, but George Holden ensured that victory was never far away as he smashed 14. Thomas Crick chipped in with 5 not out, Oli Prior with 2 and Clem Preece with 1. When the game was won Ed Webster hit a quickfire 10 not out, and the evening ended with Whaley on 44 for 4. It was a satisfying start, and bodes well for the rest of the season.

2013 stats

Batting          Inns    N.O.    Runs      HS    Average
G. Holden           1      0       14      14      14.00
A. Dickman          1      0        1       1       1.00
T. Crick            5      1        5       5*     --.--
O. Prior            1      0        2       2       2.00
C. Preece           1      0        1       1       1.00
E. Webster          1      1       10      10*     --.--

Bowling        Overs    Mdns    Runs    Wickets    Average    Economy
G. Holden        2        0       3        0        --.--       1.50
E. Webster       3        1       5        1         5.00       1.67
O. Prior         2        0       3        2         1.50       1.50
A. Dickman       2        0       3        0        --.--       1.50
T. Crick         3        0       5        1         5.00       1.67
C. Preece        3        1       3        0        --.--       1.00
S. Johnson       2        1       2        1         2.00       1.00
W. Weston        2        1       1        1         1.00       0.50
J. Lee           2        0       2        0        --.--       1.00

Catches
M. Gilmour        1
S. Johnson        1

2012 season

Well, the rain has beaten us and there are no more under 13s games this season. Here are the unofficial individual statistics.

Batting               Inns   N.O.   Runs   HS   Average
O. Madden 7      4          98      26* 32.67
C. Kitchen 5      2           71      28* 23.67
E. Williams 6      1           63      25* 12.60
W. McIlveen 6      1           54       16* 10.80
B. Glover     0         27       14    6.75
N. Wild 4     2           10         7*    5.00
J. White 4     4             4         3*    4.00
K. Connell 2     1             2         1*    2.00
D. Burt 3     1             3         3*     1.50
J. Kitchen 3     0             2         2     0.67
A. Hodges 3     3           37       21*     --.--

Bowling                Overs    Mdns    Runs    Wckts    Average       Run Rate
G. Holden              2            1              4    1          4.00        2.00
A. Hodges             8.3     1             22     5          4.40         2.59
E. Williams             12     2             28     6          4.67         2.33
S. Johnson              3     0             13     2          6.50         4.33
B. Glover             12     1             42     4         10.50         3.50
O. Madden             14     1             34     2         17.00         2.43
N. Wild              8            0             35     2         17.50         4.38
C. Kitchen             12     1             37     2         18.50         3.08
J. Kitchen             10     1             46     2         23.00         4.60
H. Hunt       5     1             28     1         28.00         5.60
D. Burt             16     1             73     3         32.50         4.56
W. McIlveen     12     3             48     1         48.00         4.00
J. White              9     0             41     0             -.--         4.56

Catches
O. Madden         3
A. Hodges         3
B. Glover         2
C. Kitchen         2
J. Kitchen         1
W. McIlveen 1
D. Burt         1
G. Holden         1
E. Williams         1
K. Connell         1
N. Wild         1

Stumpings
K. Connell         1

Wednesday 27th June v Chapel (away)
"Whilst your usual match reporter was away sampling the cultural and cricketing delights of South East Spain, the under 13's found themselves at a remarkably dry, warm and sunny Chapel.  Ole and Will started cautiously, perhaps unnerved by the unusually summery conditions and were clearly determined to stay out in the middle for as long as possible.  Eventually they started to run the singles that had been on offer since the start and just as they changed gear, Will was bowled for 15.  Charlie came in and was soon on his way out again, unluckily run out second ball for 0.  Ethan came in and he and Ole carried on their serene progress before Ethan, too, was run out for 5 after one of those stop-start, yes-no moments.  Ole eventually reached 25 and his enforced retirement so it was left to Alfie to strike a couple of lusty blows.  He ended up 12 not out and Dan scored his first runs of the season after Nathan had been run out without facing a ball.  A finishing total of 81 for 4 owed as much to Chapel bowling 18 wides as it did to our batsmen.
 
And when Chapel batted, it began to look as though 81 was well below par.  However, Dan then bowled the ball of the season, a beautiful late outswinger that clipped the top of the disbelieving Chapel opener's off stump.  Dan finished with 1 for 8 of his 2 overs, while Ole bowled with good control, conceding only 2 from his 2 overs.  Joel and Harry took some early punishment before Alfie and Will restored some control, Alfie bowled 2 overs for 3 and Will's 2 overs cost 8.  Charlie came on but looked rusty with a number of wides, although ultimately his 3 overs only cost 10 runs.  However the destroyer was Ethan who took 4 for 4 in three overs, including a hat-trick.  The Chapel umpire was so impressed that he allowed Ethan a 7th ball at the end of his first over to complete the feat, but no-one was complaining.  Ethan's bowling ensured that, after a promising start, Chapel were stopped in their tracks.  There was time at the end for Harry to take a wicket so he finished with 1 for 11.  Joel finished with 0-14 and Nathan took 2 wickets for 7 as Chapel finished on 68 for 9. 
 
Some good bowling, backed up by Whaley's usual excellent fielding and exemplary catching, showed our strengths.  The batsmen must be more positive though ,with shotmaking and better running the order of the day.  Let's hope that the game does not prove to be the last competitive outing for the team this season, although the weather is doing its best to prevent any more cricket!!"
Wednesday 20th June v Dove Holes (home)
We should have been too strong for Dove Holes, but that did not turn out to be the case as Dove took first knock. Danny was rather wayward, completing 3 overs for 15, whilst Bruce was a little better with 3 overs for 9. Will brought some control with 2 overs for 2 runs, whilst Ole took the first wicket as Jack took a comfortable catch, giving him 1 for 4 off 2. Alfie was the pick of the bowlers, with 2 overs 3 for 3, two clean bowled and one with a good low catch by Bruce. Jack struggled in his 2 overs for 20, whilst Charlie took 1 for 6 off 2 after another good catch, this time from Will. Ethan took 1 for 6 off 2 with a catch from Alfie, whilst Joel finished the innings with 2 overs for 6, and the Dove total of 78 for 6 looked achievable. Will and Ole got off to a slow but solid start, but when Will was bowled for 5 the fun started. Charlie was bowled for a first ball duck, whilst Ethan was also bowled for 0. Bruce steadied the ship with some good hitting and Ole started to find his form. Bruce was bowled for 11, and time was running out. Ole eventually retired for 25, leaving Alfie and Joel to finish unbeaten on 4 and 3 respectively. Whaley's total of 60 for 4 was disappointing and it gave Dove Holes a comfortable win. We will be hoping for better things as the games come thick and fast during the season countdown over the next couple of weeks.

Wednesday 6th June v Buxworth (home)
Last week it could have been 10 v 12 in favour of Hayfield, this week it could have been 10 v 7 in favour of Whaley. As it was, fielders were shared, and a surprisingly close game ensued.  With Buxworth batting first, Danny took the first wicket after a catch by Alfie, and he finished with 3 overs 1 for 3. Ole bowled 2 tight overs for 4, whilst Will was even meaner, bowling 2 overs for 2. Harry struggled to capitalise on last week's effort, bowling 1 over for 13, then under 11 Sam Johnson came on to devastating effect, taking 2 wickets, both clean bowled, as he sent down 3 overs for 13. Danny returned the favour after taking a catch off Alfie who finished with 2 for 6 off 2.3 overs, his second wicket being clean bowled. Ethan, Jack and Nathan all bowled 2 overs for 9, 12 and 8 respectively, and with a run out in the mix Buxworth finished on 74 all out off 19.3 overs. It should have been easy for Whaley, but Ole was caught for 0 and the pressure was on. Will was caught for 13, then Ethan was bowled for 14, leaving the inexperienced Alfie and Nathan at the crease and a long way to go. Several wides and some lusty blows later, Alfie reached 21 and Nathan 7, as Whaley reached their target with just 3 wickets down and 2.3 overs to spare.
Wednesday 30th May v Hayfield (away)

The short trip to picturesque Hayfield was a challenge for our under 13s, who seemed to be a little short on confidence, fearing that the home side had "two High Peak players", but guess what? We had 3! Anyway, after realising that Hayfield obviously struggles with the admittedly multitude of emails sent from various parts of the league regarding under 13s team size and bowling regulations, we batted first and got off to a solid start. The two High Peak players were seen off, and it was unfortunate that Ole was then caught for 3 when he could have been making hay in Hayfield. No such problems for Charlie, who proceeded to smash his way to 25 before retiring, but Bruce again failed with the bat, being bowled for 1. Ethan led the fight to the opposition, briefly aided by Jack who was caught for 2, then as Ethan retired on 25 Nathan and Joel were left to get what they could. They put the fielders under pressure, and got away with it, as Nathan finished unbeaten on 3 with Joel unbeaten on 0. The score of 75 for 3 was not the best, but with Hayfield choosing to only bowl their stronger bowlers we had a dilemma. Ed decided that we would stick to the rules, but when Danny Burt opened and was smashed for 20 in 2 overs it seemed that it wouldn't matter anyway. Bruce redeemed himself with the ball, with a good catch from youngster George giving him figures of 1 for 8 in 2. Ole bowled 2 tight overs for 9, then Charlie took a wicket clean bowled in his 2 overs 1 for 5. Jack came on and took a wicket after a stunning one handed catch by Ole, giving Jack figures of 1 for 2 off 2, then George sent down 2 aggressive overs for 4, including a wicket courtesy of another catch by Ole. Debutant Harry showed promise in his 2 overs for 4, identical figures to Joel as Hayfield reached their target for the loss of 4 wickets. Overall it was a good performance, and one that we could surely improve on if the league rules are adhered to.
Wednesday 23rd May v High Lane (home)
On an unusually sunny evening at Horwich Park, High Lane under 13s took first knock against our boys. Will struggled with his line, struggled with his length, and even struggled to wear the correct footwear as he gave away 9 runs in his two overs, whilst at the other end Ole made the first breakthrough after a good catch by Ethan, eventually finishing with 1 for 4 off 2. Bruce bowled the other opener, then took a second wicket after a catch behind the stumps by Kieran, and his figures of 2 for 12 off 3 were the best of the night. Danny and Charlie lacked control, bowling 2 overs for 12 and 14 respectively, then Ethan brought back some stability with 2 overs for 5. The fielding was not up to the standard of previous weeks, which didn't help the bowling figures of Joel (3 overs for 17), Jack (2 overs for 10) and Nathan (2 overs for 15), and when the High Lane innings closed on 102 for 3 with 2 batsmen retired we knew we had a tough task ahead. Will and Ole opened, and Will made things harder by getting himself run out for 1. Ethan took the fight to the opposition until he was caught by footballing teammate Will for 16, then the innings really took off. Charlie retired for a quick fire 28, whilst Ole kept things ticking over with singles interspersed with the odd boundary. Bruce was bowled for 1, then Ole retired on 26 with the scores getting very close. Jack was bowled for 0, and we wanted 3 to win off the last over. A wide made it closer, then Danny was suicidally run out for 0, It came to the last ball, with Kieran nudging it round the corner for a single. He and Joel both finished on 1 not out, and the game was  tied, a result that was fair and did great credit to both teams.
Wednesday 16th May v Hawk Green (away)
It was always going to be one of the more difficult fixtures, and so it proved. Will and Ole opened the batting, and survived the onslaught from some hostile bowling. Unfortunately Will got himself run out for 4, whilst Ole spooned up a return catch for 1, and the wheels were starting to come off. Charlie and Ethan got things back on track, but Ethan was out stumped for 3. Charlie looked more comfortable, but when the bowling got slower and slower he got a little complacent and dollied up a catch for 18. Bruce hit two memorable sixes, but again complacency got the better of him as he was caught for 14, and the rest of the batting was a sorry tale. Danny Burt was stumped for a duck, and although Kieran hung around for a while he was bowled for 1. Jack was stumped for 0, Nathan was bowled for 0, and Joel was left stranded on 0 not out as Whaley were dismissed for 53. This may be a challenging total in some games, but not when you are up against the might of Cheshire. Hawk Green got things off with a bang, though Charlie took a good catch off Danny to derail them temporarily. Will sent down 2 overs for 19, whilst Dan took 1 for 14 off his 2. Ole exhibited some control with 2 overs for 6 including a maiden, then Bruce bowled 2 overs for 11. Charlie managed just 1 over for 1 run, but sixes were beginning to fly, and Jack had the unfortunate task of bowling just 1 ball that cleared the ropes, and Hawk Green had won by 8 wickets. Lots of work to do at the nets on Friday night!
Wednesday 9th May v Hazel Grove (home)
It rained one two and it rained three four,
It rained five six then it rained some more.
It rained five six, six five and then,
It rained on past the count of ten.
                                    Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle

The rain held off just long enough, or did it? The players waited anxiously as the heavens teased us with showers, downpours and the occasional dry spell, but the positive attitude of the Whaley Bridge and Hazel Grove managers meant that we got the game on. Hazel Grove batted first as Whaley's ten men gradually arrived, with Danny Burt having a tidy 2 over spell for just 1 run. Will McIlveen made the first breakthrough as he dismissed the Grove opener clean bowled, and it took a while for everyone to realise that he was indeed out, and that pairs cricket for these boys was a thing of the past. Will finished with 1 for 8 off 3 overs, but he would have had a second victim if he had not been rather harshly no balled.

The batsmen struggled to get the ball away, with Ole Madden costing just 5 runs in 2 overs, most of them wides as he had trouble keeping control of an increasingly wet ball. Remarkably, Bruce Glover took a low return catch to claim Whaley's second victim, with Bruce eventually finishing with 1 for 2 off 2. Charlie Kitchen bowled two overs for 1 run, whilst Ethan Williams was awarded a wicket stumped by the 
magnificent efforts of Kieran Connell, but if my memory serves me right (no guarantees), this was actually a run out. Ethan bowled 3 overs 1 for 2, but Alfie Hodges struggled with 2 overs for 10. Jack Kitchin developed a tantalising loop, and it paid off as he took a wicket clean bowled in his figures of 2 overs 1 for 2. Nathan struggled in the puddles, but recovered well with 2 overs for 5, and at the end of the innings Hazel Grove had reached 38 for 4, not a huge score, but a challenge in the worsening conditions.

It was noted that Whaley Bridge had not recorded a single misfield during the innings, whilst the Hazel Grove opener, Forsyth, had batted through for an unbeaten 13.

A puddle on an adjacent wicket was a cause for concern, but Will McIlveen and Ole Madden strode to the wicket with intent. Both went the aerial route early on, but both survived, and the runs came at a steady rate. It took just 7.4 overs for Whaley to reach their target, with Will unbeaten on 16 and Ole on 18. A conclusive victory, with more rain in the air as the players sloshed their way off the field, and credit to Hazel Grove for agreeing to play in such inclement weather.


2011 season
Wednesday 8th June v Hayfield (home)
The game started in the rain, and there was some doubt as to whether it would actually go ahead, but Hayfield batted first in difficult conditions. Danny Burt (0-6) and Bruce Glover restricted the first pair to just 4, including 1 wicket, but that turned out to be the only wicket in the entire innings. Gareth Preece had just one over for 2, whilst Jack Kitchin had 1 for 6, as the Hayfield batsmen concentrated on survival. Ed Austin bowled well, and after 2 pairs Hayfield were just 216. Ole Madden (0-19) and Ethan Williams (0-16) struggled against the stronger 3rd pair, and the fielding came under pressure as the visitors reached 251. Charlie Kitchen and Ben stones both brought some control back as the score progressed to 267, then Ben bowled out to finish with 0-9 off 3, as did Charlie who had 0-8 off 3. Bruce (1-7 off 3) and Ed (0-3 off 3) closed out the innings, and Hayfield finished on a reasonable total of 275 off 20 overs. It was a challenging target, but our boys were confident as a new opening pair of Ole and Ethan marched to the middle. One over later both batsmen had been bowled, then the normally reliable Ole was caught twice as the first pair finished on a disastrous 192. Ed and Will McIlveen cut out the fireworks in the interests of self preservation, and this worked as they took the score to 207, then Jack Kitchin did the same, and the marvellously aggressive Gareth helped us to reach 223. Danny and Bruce were both dismissed once, including a comically disappointing run out as we stumbled to 228, then it was left to Charlie and Ben to score the 48 required for victory. They began well, so much so that just 22 were required off the last over, but Charlie was out twice and the innings was reduced to 246 at the close. It was a disheartening result, but the lack of wickets and some poor ground fielding meant that we were chasing 20 or so more than we should have been, whilst the experiment of opening with our two most reliable batsmen backfired spectacularly. Hopefully, there will be a better outcome at Buxworth next week. Man Of The Match. Gareth Preece.

Wednesday 11th May v Birch Vale (home)
Whaley Bridge Under 11s were brought back down to earth with a bump against a talented Birch Vale side at Horwich Park. Ben Stones bowled well, but still went for 14 off 2 overs, whilst Jacob Holland's first over went for 12. Charlie Kitchen did no better, giving away 15 in his first over, and to make matters worse the fielding was a bit ragged, with a couple of dropped catches. Ole Madden finally made a breakthrough in his 2 overs for 7, then Ed Austin did the same in his 2 overs for 9. Daniel Burt got a wicket and a run out but gave away 16 runs, and Jack Kitchin had just 1 over for 12. Jacob Holland took a good catch, as did Will McIlveen, but the score still powered along. Matt Bingle took 1 for 19 in 2 overs, and Ben Stones finished with 0 for 18 off 3. Charlie Kitchen bowled a second over for 7, as did Jacob Holland, and by this time the fielding had sharpened up. Ed Austin bowled a 3rd over for 8, whilst Ethan finished with 1 for 22 off 3 overs, plus a run out. The score of 316 was a daunting prospect, and things did not start well. Charlie Kitchen was bowled first ball, and he was caught in the second over. His partner, Ben Stones, steadied the ship, and after 4 overs we reached 207. Safety first was the order of the day for Ole Madden and Ethan Williams, and they added 16 without losing a wicket, then Will McIlveen and Daniel Burt added 10, despite them both being out once. Ed Austin batted very correctly, but his partner Jacob Holland lost a wicket as they added 6, then Matt Bingle was dismissed 3 times as he and Jack Kitchin reduced the score by 1. 238 will win some matches, but not against a well drilled outfit such as Birch Vale, and it is clear that the professional coach needs to concentrate on basic batting and bowling rather than endless fielding drills. Man Of The Match Ed Austin.

Wednesday 4th May v Buxton (away)
Whaley Bridge Under 11s kicked off their season with a tricky looking fixture on an artificial wicket in sunny Buxton. Ben Stones and Charlie Kitchen opened the innings and took the score to 235 after 4 overs (remembering that they start on 200). Ole Madden and Ethan Williams added another 15 in the next four overs, then Will McIlveen and Daniel Burt took the score to 270, despite Danny being the first wicket of the evening. Matt Bingle also suffered a dismissal, but he and Jack Kitchin still managed to add 8, then Ed Austin and Bruce Glover were out 3 times but still took the score to a creditable 284. Buxton started slowly, with the first pair restricted to just 5 by Ben and Bruce. Ole and Ed did even better, with the second pair adding just 4, then Ethan and Charlie restricted the third pair to 7. After 12 overs we had still not taken a wicket, but we were well on top with some excellent fielding. Matt and Dan struggled as Buxton started to accelerate, but with the score on 245 and just 4 overs remaining Whaley were confident. Jack got the first wicket of the day with a run out, then Ben returned with another wicket and Ole completed the innings. The Buxton score ended on 259, giving Whaley Bridge a comprehensive 25 run victory, a magnificent start to the season. Man Of The Match Ben Stones.

Whaley Bridge v New Mills 13th July 2011

posted 23 Jul 2011, 02:58 by Mike Madden

It should have been a stroll for the under 13s last match of the season, and it certainly started that way. Ben Stones (3 overs 1 for 21) and Bruce Glover (3 overs 1 for 8) restricted the first pair to 204, but Jack Kitchin (2 overs 0-9) and Dan Burt (2 overs 1-11) all owed a little more freedom for the batsman as the score progressed to 213. Ole Madden took a good catch as Ethan (2 overs 1-6) and Alfie Hodges (2 overs 0-13) kept New Mills to 227 after 3 pairs. Ole (2 overs 1-6) and Charlie (2 overs 0-9) regained control as the total went to 238, but Matt Bingle (2 overs 0-8) and the returning Bruce and Ben struggled as New Mills finished on 260. It was more than it should have been, but we were confident with our batting and expected a victory. Ben Stones put in his best batting performance of the season as he and Charlie added 32 to the starting 200, despite Ben being out once. Ole and Ethan were more cautious but still put on 27, then Bruce and Alfie were each out once in taking us to 269. Gareth was also out once, but he and Daniel Burt took us to 294, so we had a lead of 34 with one pair remaining. Two wickets in two balls put the cat amongst the pigeons as Matt and Jack struggled with the New Mills paceman, and they were both out a further time each. The nerves were settled as the batsmen edged a couple of singles, and we eventually finished on 283, giving Whaley a comprehensive 23 run victory. Man Of The Match Bruce Glover.

Whaley Bridge v Chapel (home) 6th July

posted 9 Jul 2011, 03:35 by Mike Madden

A strong and powerful Chapel side arrived at a dreary New Horwich Park and gave the Whaley lads a further lesson in the art of positive batting.  The opeing pair scored 19 runs as Bruce (0-2) and Ed (0-11) bowled reasonably.  Unfortunately, the Whaley out cricket, so often a strength this season, rather let us down this time.  We were not quite so committed in our fielding and backing up.  Perhaps some of the players' minds were starting to stray to their holidays...  Chapel's second pair added 26 with Matt Bingle, recently our star bowler, coming back to earth with figures of 1 for 14.  Jacob's 2 overs cost 9 runs.  However, we wilted against the onslaught from Chapel's powerful third pairing.   Ole conceded 22 runs in his two overs, whilst Ethan had 0-7.  By this time Chapel were 280 and Whaley looking down the barrel at a very big score.  Thankfully, Chapel's final two pairings were less strong and good bowling from Will (3 overs, 1 for 4), Charlie (3 overs, 2 for 8) and Ben (0-5 off 2 overs) meant that Chapel finished on a still very respectable 288.
 
Last week's batting practice, however, seemed to pay off.  Everyone played straighter and with a little more aggression this would have been a very close finish.  Ed and Gareth took us to 209, which would have been 214 had Gareth not been unluckily run out.  Jacob and Matt then batted very well as the Chapel bowlers struggled in the increasingly wet conditions.  They added 15 runs, before Bruce and Ben added another 14.  Our last two pairs needed to score 50 to win.  After a short delay for rain (it was hurling down!) Ole and Ethan found scoring difficult but still kept it positive as 8 more were added.  This left Charlie and Will to try and score 43 from their 4 overs.  They set about it enthusiastically, but after one of "those" run-outs we ultimately fell short.  We were 264 when Charlie lashed the last ball straight back at the bowler who took a miraculous catch, especially as the ball by now was little more than a bar of soap.  Whaley finished on 259.
 
A lot of positives can come from this performance, especially in the batting.  Of our 4 dismissals, only one was bowled and all were unfortunate and understandable given the state of the game.  It isn't perfect, by a long way, but with more aggression the team can look confidently at next season.. For an all round display of high quality our man of the match was Will McIlveen.

Down At Dove

posted 3 Jul 2011, 05:08 by Mike Madden

Whaley Bridge under 13s came down to earth with a bump at high flying Dove Holes. On an unseasonally warm night, Ben Stones and Will McIlveen opened cautiously. Ben was out once but we still ended up positive on 205. Ed Austin and Matt Bingle struggled against the pace of Dove, though Ed did manage a cultured four. They were both out twice, so after two pairs the score was reduced to 193. Alfie Hodges was out three times, and his partner Charlie kitchen once, as Whaley descended to 183, then Ole Madden and Ethan Williams came in to steady the ship. Ole hit three fours, but was caught once and run out, sustaining an injury in the process. Ethan was out once, so after four pairs the score remained on 183. Gareth Preece bludgeoned three fours but was out twice, whilst Bruce Glover was out once to reduce the final total to 182. It would take a monumental effort to turn this one around, and unfortunately there was no monumental effort in sight! Ed and Will bowled tidily as the opening pair scored just 13, but Alfie and Ole were more expensive. They each took a wicket but the score progressed to 239, and things got worse as Matt and Ethan allowed the total to rise to 258. Charlie and Ben each claimed a victim, but the batsmen were now exploiting huge gaps in the field as they moved to 291. Bruce, Ethan and Will finished off the debacle, with no wickets and 32 runs in 4 overs, to take the Dove Holes total to a mammoth 323. Whaley lost by 141 runs, and that may be some sort of a record in this form of cricket. Batting, bowling and fielding will all need to be worked on to recover from this loss in the final two fixtures against Chapel and New Mills.

High At High Lane

posted 24 Jun 2011, 06:45 by Mike Madden

The under 13's negotiated a potentially tricky fixture away at High Lane on Tuesday 21st June.  The longest day did nothing for the quality of the pitch and outfield, with both sides having to contend with a muddy pitch with no pace or bounce and an outfield that was very long.  This made scoring difficult throughout.
 
Whaley's opening pair, Gareth Preece and Bruce Glover played steadily.  Gareth was unluckily run out when his bat stuck in the mud as he was trying to slide it in.  He compensated by deciding to solve the problem of the outfield with a big 6 over mid wicket.  The pair finished 3 runs in credit.  Jacob Holland and Matt Bingle were next in, and with some good running and sensible decisions to occupy the crease added another 3.  Ed Austin and Will McIlveen then batted well, scoring 17 runs.   Unfortunately they were out 3 times, but extras meant that they added another 4 runs to the total.  Batting with Dan Burt, Ethan Williams played positively and found a couple of lovely cover drives.  Although another similar run-out problem occurred they increased the score to 212, leaving Charlie Kitchen and Alfie Hodges to bat.  Both batted well, and both were unlucky to be out caught, more due to the difficulties in timing the ball. 
 
A finishing score of 218 didn't seem like much to defend, but the boys were confident.  The High Lane openers were never allowed to settle and Bruce (2-2) and Dan (1-10) bowled well, ably supported by what was comfortably our keenest fielding display this season.  We reduced High Lane's score to 197 after the first pair, and their second pair couldn't add to it.  Matt continued his superb recent bowling form and Will, in a change to his wicket keeping, was excellent if unlucky not to take a wicket.  By the time the third pair had batted, High Lane had been reduced to 192 thanks to Ethan (1-9) and Jacob (3-4).  The fourth pair got what they could and Alfie (0-2) and Charlie (0-0) bowled accurately with no luck.  This left the final High Lane pairing coming together on 197, needing 22 to win.  Ed Austin (1-5) ensured that they never looked like getting near it.  At the other end Matt (3-5 from 3 overs) and Will (0-4 from 3overs) continued where they left off and High Lane eventually finished on 199, meaning a Whaley win by 19 runs.
 
Our best all-round display of the season should give great confidence for the last few games.  It was also really pleasing to see some of the lessons from previous games being learnt, especially with the bat.  For his 3 magnificent overs, the man of the match was Matt Bingle.

Buxworth Beaten

posted 17 Jun 2011, 06:40 by Mike Madden

Wednesday 15th June v Buxworth (away)

Our boys were feeling confident for the short trip over the hill to Buxworth, as long as the rain held off. For the second week in a row we had a rainbow, but this time no one rainbow related died, unless there's some news about Richie Blackmore that I'm yet to catch up with. Whaley batted first and were immediately in trouble. Ed Austin was out once and Bruce Glover twice as we slipped to 199 after the first pair. Jack Kitchin was steady, but Matt Bingle was out to restrict us to 204, and Buxworth were suddenly full of hope. Ethan Williams prepared himself to bat all day, whilst Ole Madden took a more swashbuckling approach. Unfortunately Ole was caught off the last ball but we had progressed to 212. Gareth Preece and Jacob Holland at last provided a partnership that lost no wickets, taking us to 225, then Charlie Kitchen was the more aggressive batsman as he and Ben Stones ended the innings on 243. This would be nowhere near enough on most days, but the Buxworth management were confident that we had enough. The home side's first pair lost just one wicket, but they didn't take too many risks and finished on 202, with Bruce taking 1 for 4 and Ethan 0 for 1. Matt Bingle was a revelation, with only two scoring shots off his three overs, both of them being fours. Jack Kitchin also bowled well, with 2 overs for 1 run, but wickets were proving hard to come by, and after two pairs Buxworth had inched to 207. Jacob (0-7) was a little more expensive, but Charlie took a wicket as Buxworth moved to 216. Ed bowled two overs for 6 without success, then Ole took 2 wickets for 12 as the batsmen tried to accelerate. Both wickets were catches, by Charlie and Bruce, and this was indicative of a much improved fielding performance, helped by a sterling effort from Gareth behind the stumps. The score was on 227 as the last pair came to the middle, but Ben stones bowled a maiden and a wicket maiden to make the game safe. Charlie also finished with a wicket maiden to end with 2 for 5 off 3, and Whaley won by 27 runs as Buxworth dropped to 216. It was a handsome victory, but there will be sterner challenges to come over the next few weeks.

Wednesday 25th May v Hawk Green (home)

posted 25 May 2011, 13:54 by Mike Madden   [ updated 26 May 2011, 04:30 ]

It was another cold evening at Horwich Park as the under 13s hosted Hazel Grove. Whaley got off to a good start as Danny Burt (1-10) took a wicket in the first over, but a succession of wides put the visitors in positive figures as the first pair added 13, with Bruce Glover (0-7) providing the ammunition at the other end. Jacob Holland (0-12) and Gareth Preece (0-13) were given just one over each, whilst Alfie Hodges (0-17) sent down two overs as the score moved on to 256. Charlie Kitchen (2-8) and Ole Madden (1-3) reduced the score to 247 after 3 pairs, then Ben Stones (0-8) and Matt Bingle (0-7) allowed the 4th pair just 14 runs. Bruce finished with 0-20 after 1 over against the final pair, whilst Ben Stones had a creditable 0-10 off 3 overs. Charlie completed his spell of 3 overs taking 2 for 12, whilst Ole closed the innings with figures of 1-13 off 3. The fielding had been good, with fine catches from Jacob and Ethan Williams behind the stumps, and though the final total of 290 was a daunting prospect, it was time for tea. The tuck shop did a roaring trade as the lads and their parents sought to stave off the cold with drinks and chocolate bars, then our batsmen started the task of chasing down the mammoth score. It started badly, with Charlie dismissed 4 times, though Ben managed 5 to take us to 192 after 1 pair. Jacob was out once and Matt twice as the score reduced to 185, then Gareth and Danny were out once each, but at least ended up positive as we progressed to 188. Bruce and Alfie adopted an unusually cautious approach which paid off as we moved on to 195, but Ethan was out twice as he and Ole, who joint top scored with 5, reduced the total by 1. We lost by 96 runs against a very strong Hawk Green side, but at least we could take positives out of the bowling and fielding. Man Of The Match Daniel Burt.

Under 13s v Hazel Grove (away) 18th May 2011

posted 19 May 2011, 13:54 by Mike Madden

The rain at last relented as Whaley Bridge took to the field in sunny Hazel Grove. Charlie Kitchen and Ben Stones started confidently, but both suffered one dismissal to reduce the score to 216. Ole Madden smashed his way to 20 though he was also run out, but he and Ethan Williams took the total to 237. Daniel Burt recorded his first ever positive score despite being dismissed once, and he and Will McIlveen moved the score on to 249. Bruce Glover and Alfie Hodges were also out once each as Whaley reached 260, then Jacob Holland guided debutant Kieran Connell through 4 overs, adding 15 runs in the process despite Kieran being run out. 265 was not a huge total, but our boys were confident. Bruce Glover (0-9) and Danny Burt (0-5) opened and were fairly tight, but Hazel Grove were on course with the score on 216. Ole Madden (1-6)then took a superb return catch to halt the innings, whilst Alfie Hodges (0-8) struggled on his first bowl of the year. Grove had moved on to 225, but there were signs that they had run out of batsmen. Charlie Kitchen gave away just 4 runs, whilst Jacob Holland gave away 10, but Jacob took a wicket after a catch by Will McIlveen and with a couple of run outs, including a direct hit by Ole Madden, the score was reduced to 224. Ben Stones took a wicket and conceded just 5 runs, whilst he also took a catch off Ethan Williams who gave away just 6. With one pair remaining the score was on 226, then Danny Burt gave away just 3 runs followed by a maiden from Jacob Holland. At the other end Kieran Connell (0-9) had trouble with his line, but with the finishing total of just 238, Whaley completed a well deserved 27 run victory. Man of the Match Ole Madden.

Team Selection

posted 8 May 2011, 05:17 by Mike Madden

Under 13s v Birch Vale (home) Wednesday 11th May
M. Bingle
B. Stones
J. Holland
E. Austin
C. Kitchen
O. Madden
E. Williams
J. Kitchin
D. Burt
W. McIlveen

Reserves
A. Hodges
H. Hunt
K. Connell
Aidan
B. Glover

Meet at ground 5.45pm

Under 13s practice

posted 17 Apr 2011, 13:15 by Mike Madden

Under 13s practice will take place at the ground on Friday 22nd April at 3pm

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