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Herefordshire Match Report

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Game 1 at Newclose cc 25th September 2021 - 50 over.

IOW lost the toss and were asked to field. Ash Goldsmith started very well with the new ball and was our most economical bowler  with figures of 9.2 overs, 2 maidens and 1 for 25. He was well backed up by all the other bowlers who shared the wickets. Ollie Morgan 3 for 33, Ben White 2 for 38, Dan Cox 1 for 36, George Willis 1 for 39 and Jason Heap 2 for 34.

IOW fielded very well, taking all but one chance. The bowlers were perhaps a little full at the end of the innings but we bowled out Herefordshire for 217.

Batting wise we started hard and were 45 for 0 from 8 overs. We then lost Ayers who had been the more aggressive of our openers. We lost Whyte for 0 and Cox chopped on for 11 leaving us 3 down for 63. The 15 year old Oscar Vandecasteele came to the crease against 2 very good leg spinners on a turning deck. Oscar and Liam Turnbull built a good partnership in difficult circumstances. Poor running cost Turnbull his wicket for 22.

Unfortunately our batters all got starts but couldn’t stay with Vandecasteele losing wickets regularly which  put more pressure on Oscar to score the bulk of the runs. He was caught in the deep on 49 as the top scorer for both sides. A good knock that backs up his invite to train with Worcester Academy. Willis, Goldsmith and Morgan all tried at the death to get us over the line but we lost by 23 runs. A good team effort against a successful National counties side.

Day 2 at Shanklin cc 26th September 2021 - The Hundred

A change of personnel for day two as the September cup was also being played. Henry Edward, however, did not have school commitments so the IOW Captain was back in play. Again we lost the toss and were asked to bowl.

Herefordshire started very fast going at 10 an over until Willis struck. He was well supported by Cox, Varney and White who all took 2 wickets a piece. Herefordshire ended on 134.

Again we started fast with Edward and Cheater dealing in boundaries unfortunately all batters got a start and then went for one shot too many when we were well in front of the run rate. A good partnership between Dan Cox and Harry Collier was seeing us home until Cox sustained a shoulder pull and had to retire. We then lost 2 wickets to silly run outs and sadly lost the game by 4 runs. Definitely a game we should have won with balls to spare.

To sum up the main differences were their bowlers bowled much better variations and used the surfaces more wisely. Ours were a little one dimensional and too full.

Batting wise I feel we were the better batting side. It has to be stated that due to availability we had a 14 and a 15 year old playing who both showed they are plenty good enough at this level. However, Huntingdonshire used sweep, scoop and ramp shots very effectively. In contrast, our batters all looked to go down the ground which is easier to defend against.

Fielding wise we were probably a little slower as a group but I would say we had the 3 best individual fielders which should encourage our other players.

The most positive outcome for me was that without four of our best players we were more than competitive. It’s also incredibly encouraging to state that in our team were six players under 18 over the 2 days.

There is a lot of work to be done but I’m confident with a good winter and support from the IWCB and our clubs the IOW can compete at National county level.

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