We’re now in the final third of the Junior Season with the leagues and cups reaching their climax. The colts have excelled themselves but as the holidays kick in, this last month is crucial in who wins the titles.
Congratulation to the U13s
County cup winners after their 42 run victory over Lingfield
Batting first the side got off to a tip and run opening partnership with Will leading the way retiring on 30. Freddie with 19 and Rob an unbeaten 33 kept up the momentum with good support taking them to 141-8.
Lingfield began slowly but a mid innings surge needed a breakthrough and Matty and Henry M with 2 wickets apiece helped by good catching and 2 smart stumpings from Harry stopped them in their tracks – U12 Henry T wrapping up the tail with 3-3 as they were bowled out for 99.
The next stage is a play off with the Berkshire champs, Henley.
Cup Round Up
The U15s reached their ECB county final with a comfortable 8 wicket win over Chertsey in their semi – 3 wickets for Will V and a half century from Sam. Sadly they couldn’t retain their title, beaten in a low scoring match Sutton’s score of 105 proved too much on a tricky wicket with the G’s falling 20 runs short.
Special word to the U13s in their cup semi with Esher, a real topsy turvey affair with excellent batting by Matty and Freddie finished off by brilliant at the death bowling by Rob and Will seeing them home by 13 runs.
The U14s progressed to the final of the 8 aside Pairs competition after a convincing victory over Fernhurst with 4 wickets for Mo – they now face Finchampstead to decide the inaugural winners.
West Surrey Cup
The U14s beaten in the league turned the tables on Leatherhead posting a total of 153-3 with unbeaten half centuries from Felix and Michael S. They then restricted the visitors to 127-9, to win by 26 runs, 4 more wickets for Mo the Magician with his leg breaks … they now host Esher in the semis.
The U12s renewed their annual cup rivalry with Pyrford, running out winners by 4 wickets in the penulitmate over. Pyrford scored a testing 132 and although Guildford began slowly some lusty blows by Lewis, well partnered by Henry who carried his bat saw them through to a semi final against Teddington.
The Under U11s couldn’t make the best of home advantage against East Molesey. Chasing a target of 134 they batted gamely but ended 13 runs short.
Nat West T20 Blast
In the U19 T20 Blast, Guildford Thunder opened their account with an emphatic win over Normandy Knights. Half centuries from Alex and Fred saw them reach 201 in their 20 overs. Will then tore through their batting armour taking 5-16 in his 4 overs as the knights found this Joust just too fierce and were bowled out for 97.
Congratulations to u12 County keeper Tom who, after 10 overs behind the stumps against 2 Counties leaders Grayshott, then came onto bowl and took 7-8 with his off spin!
He followed it up with 15 not out as Guildford won by 1 wicket.
In the Leagues
The under 13s have shown themselves to be in top form here as well, unbeaten in all competitions! Amongst the highlights, 5-10 for Freddie and hat-tricks for both Will and Harvey B and the usual excellence from Henry M. The batters have also excelled, Ollie Wil bludgoned an unbeaten 50 off 24 balls to ensure one victory just as it started to rain. Then of course there are skipper Matty’s usual fireworks with bat and ball and solid support across the squad, all capped off by committed fielding and an excellent team ethic.
The tightest victory came against close rivals Horsley and Send. Guildford with only 10 men won by just 1 run – nailbiting stuff and at the other extreme they recorded a mammoth 205 run victory against a depleted Churt.
The U14s, who have suffered the worst of the weather this season, are now well into their stride and bowled Byfleet out for just 25. Mo bewitching their batsmen with 5-6. They then saw off Thames Ditton by 35 runs to climb further up the West Surrey League with unbeaten half centuries from Felix and Oscar and some inspired fielding. Leaders Albury also succumbed, an unbeaten half century from Jude and 39 off 23 balls from Felix posted a total the visitors couldn’t match. They now face a congested run in … will it prove too much? – Let’s hope not!
The under 12s also have the West Surrey title in their sights but face a couple of tough matches. A last over win against Albury with Lewis topping the batting and U11 Anu proving he was not out of place with bat or ball, avenged one of last season’s rare defeats. Their 1 wicket win over leaders Grayshott keeps them in the hunt for the 2C title and they have now also found their range in the U13 league, with the Headley bowlers suffering as the Guildford top 3 all retired.
The U11s who also play in 3 leagues had a thrilling tie in their match against Pyrford in the Two Counties, but fell to Grayshott. It’s mighty tight in the West Surrey title race, but their one defeat, against leaders Cranleigh may see them edged out. The hallmark of this team has been good all round performances. Codey tops the batting averages and Ananmay the bowling stats.
The Under 10s 7 match winning streak was ended by leaders Grayshott in the 2 counties but they bounced back to record a win and a tie and remain unbeaten in the West Surrey. They have really found their feet this season which bodes well for the future.
It’s been a tough summer for the U9s, with some of their better players playing up a year but many new boys including several U8s have benefited from the experience.
Finally the U15s, thwarted by early season postponements, finally got their league campaign underway – good to see brother and sister Fraser and Katia playing together as they beat Normandy. Victory followed over Blackheath and saw new recruit Max hit a fifty on his club debut.
Thanks to all those who helped with cakes or labour … a very successful few days for the junior coffers
If you still need to improve your umpiring skills, the junior section has an impressive library of pictures and diagrams.
NatWest U19 T20 Blast
Guildford Thunder v Camberley Canons
Friday July 10th at Woodbridge Road 6pm