Congratulations to the winners!
“Stop Press” congratulations to the U15s and U13s as they complete a County Cup double!
The Cup story
The semi finals
The U15s travelled to Spencer and with 40 from Matty and a creative 26 from Harry totalled 123-9. Spencer looked well on the way to victory with an opening stand of 59 but a direct throw run out from the deep by Will changed the game and with Alex in tremendous form with the ball, 3-19, Guildford squeaked home by 9 runs.
The U13s hosted Esher at Peper Harow and after a jittery start to the Guildford innings some big hitting from Luca 26no and Brian 16 ended on 98. Esher then struggled to score against tight opening bowling before spinners Tony 4-12 and Shaoib 2-12 tore the heart out of their innings as the visitors were dismissed for just 56.
The finals were scheduled for a double header at Horsley and Send but a monsoon washed out the games and both then had tough away matches against their opponents.
First into final action were the U15s who faced Esher, their perennial final rivals. Guildford batted first and reached 124-6 with 41 from Matty and 24 from u14 Ayra. That total was bolstered by 33 extras including 27 wides. As in the semi final the opposition started well before the spinners took charge, Henry 4-21 and Freddie 2-19 leading the way and U14 keeper Tom snapping up 4 stumpings as Esher fell 9 runs short. They now face Broadstairs, the Kent champions at home on Sunday 9th.
The U13s were away to East Molesey and posted a challenging 133-5 with Luca and Alfi both passing 30 and retiring and 26 from Bryan. EM also had 2 batters retire but couldn’t break the stranglehold imposed by our bowlers and with Harry Ford’s magnetic hands, 3 catches in the outfield Guildford got home by 19 runs.
They now travel to Eastcote, the Middlesex cup winners in their Regional play off on the 16th. With several more knockout rounds to come, we hope, it’s a major challenge but they are no doubt checking their diaries for the National Finals days at Rugby in mid August!
The new Premier league came to the end of the first phase with mixed fortunes. The U15s thrashed Valley End with an unbeaten 99 from Matty (twice he’s ended up just one short of a century in a league match). However, needing a win over Cranleigh they suffered through some unusually poor fielding as one of their batters smashed 98. That defeat means they miss out on the top play offs.
The U13s had no such hiccups and finished second in the group. Their stand out batting performance was Will’s 82 no against Valley End …
The U17s are looking to consolidate second place in the West Surrey and are handily placed to reach the knock out phase of the cup.
The U14s could clinch the WS title this weekend but struggled in the U15 2 counties games but all good experience.
The U12s are looking to continue their winning streak, good to see some youngsters performing well playing up. Meanwhile the U11s finished their WS campaign with just 1 defeat so their nearest opponents need to win their remaining matches to knock Guildford off the top. They’ve also been playing in a new T30 league but have found life harder going despite some good all performances. The U10s have yet to find their feet against some well drilled opponents especially as the two leagues they play in have rather different rules … confusing for players and parents alike!
The U9s celebrate their first win of the season with victory over Ashtead and their version of the Usain Thunderbolt!