Thursday, 16 July 2020

COVID secure operating plan



Castle Hill Cricket Club
COVID-19 SECURE OPERATING PLAN  v.2.1 – RECREATIONAL MATCHES


The aim of this plan is  to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19 at recreational cricket matches played at Castle Hill’s ground. This plan is based on a risk assessment that  recognises that  Covid-19 is a hazard, it identifies risk points and puts in place controls to mitigate the risk.  The attached Risk Assessment forms part of this operating plan. In formulating the plan the committee has considered relevant legislation and guidance issued by the Government,  PHE and the ECB.

1.      CHCC has appointed a lead Covid-19 officer (Nick Donald) and a Covid-19 match monitor (“match monitor”) will be appointed for each match. The match monitor is responsible for familiarisation with the operating plan and providing guidance to participants (players / officials, members, visitors) on match day.
2.      Participants will be asked to self-screen and to not visit the ground if they are displaying any Covid-19 symptoms.
3.      Government social distance guidance must be adhered to at all times
4.      Opposition teams will be sent, in advance, a notification of procedures put in place to ensure they can safely play cricket at the ground. The opposition captain  will also be asked to confirm that he/she will be able to provide, on request, names and contact details of the opposition team to aid test and trace
5.      The match monitor will keep contact details for the home team
6.      Entry from the car park to the ground will require participants to sanitise their hands. On exiting the ground hands should also be sanitised.
7.      The clubhouse  will be cleaned before and after every match
8.      Appropriate signage will be in place in respect of hand hygiene and moving around the ground and its facilities
9.      Appropriate hand sanitisation/washing and disposing facilities will be available within the ground at a number of points, including male and female toilets
10.  Participants (other than those pre-nominated) will NOT be able to access the club house
11.  Participants will  NOT be able to use the changing rooms save for access to the male toilets. A separate female toilet is available. Toilets will be cleaned immediately before and after every match.
12.  Participants will arrive changed or will change in their vehicle. Kit should remain in the vehicle until required. Sharing of equipment should be avoided.
13.  Participants are advised to BRING YOUR OWN WATER & HAND SANITISER where possible
14.  NO seating will be provided, participants should bring their own seating
15.  NO food will be  available on the premises. There will be no “cricket tea.” Please bring your own food
16.  Refreshments, including Beer, WILL BE available AFTER the game. Service will comply with hospitality legislation/guidance. Ordering and consumption will take place outside only. Payment must be made by contactless device. No cash will be accepted.
17.  Appropriate arrangements will be  in place to limit the number of participants scoring, operating the scoreboard, moving sightscreens and arranging the boundary flags.
18.  If you develop symptoms following the match please report via the NHS test and trace system
19.   Controls in place for playing cricket
·         No sweat or saliva is to be applied to the ball at any time
·         No spitting or rinsing out of mouths is allowed
·         Social distancing of 2m, or  1m + for  wicket keeper standing up and between slips
·         Where possible marking of running lines at 2m intervals on either side of the wicket
·         A ‘hygiene’ break every 6 overs in which the ball is sanitised (fielding captains responsibility) and participants clean hands
·         Batters and wicket keeper to sanitise gloves when leaving the field
·         Bowlers to leave jumpers, hats on boundary
·         OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING AT FALL OF WICKET and DURING TACTICAL DISCUSSIONS
·         Ball returned from wicket keeper to bowler where possible
·         Umpires should  not touch  the ball
·         Umpire only to  replace bails



APPENDIX 1 – RESPONSIBILITIES OF CHCC  PLAYERS FOR MATCH DAYS


Each match requires the following to be nominated

-          Captain
-          Covid-19  match monitor (can be the captain)
-          ONLY Captain and Covid-19 monitor to administer first aid if required and to be familiar with first aid provisions under Covid-19
-          2  nominees to ‘operate the bar’ after the game. Must familiarise with serving protocol.
-          ONLY Captain, match monitor and bar nominees can enter clubhouse during matchday
-          2 scorers whilst CHCC is batting ( to swap, one in first half of  batting order and one in second half)
-          2 scoreboard operators whilst CHCC is batting ( to swap, one in first half of batting order and one in second half)
-          2 sightscreen operators
-          1 boundary flag operative



APPENDIX 2 –  SET-UP AND SIGNAGE  REQUIRED FOR MATCH DAYS


1.      Clubhouse to be  cleaned before game
- check First Aid
- ensure supply of face masks and disposable gloves behind bar
- ensure glasswear has been washed if not put on dishwasher
2.      Toilets to be cleaned before game – hand sanitiser, paper towels table  and pedal bin to be in each toilet (2)
3.      Table at entrance gate (by changing rooms) with hand sanitizer and notice saying “Please sanitise hands before entry and on exit”
4.      Social distancing signs at entrance and outside buildings
5.      Changing room doors to be opened.
6.      Entrance sign to male toilet next to away changing room door, internal direction sign to exit
7.      No Entry sign next to home changing room door.
8.      Notice next to clubhouse doors – NO ENTRY, AUTHORISED PERSONNEL ONLY
9.      2 tables and 2 chairs for scorers, scoreboard and numbers, boundary flags to be put outside by those with nominated access to clubhouse
10.  Hand sanitisers available for scorers and scoreboard operators and by each sightscreen
11.   First Aid Covid-19 provisions to be printed and left beside first aid kit
12.   Notice on clubhouse wall re process for ordering and payment for drinks
13.  Table outside clubhouse for collection of empty glasses and bottle

After the match

- Pedal bin contents to be bagged up and placed in main bin
- Glasswear to be put in dishwasher
- Toilets to be cleaned
- Clubhouse to be cleaned and surfaces scrubbed down


APPENDIX 3 – NOTE TO BE SENT TO OPPOSITION IN ADVANCE OF MATCH

Castle Hill Cricket Club
COVID-19 SECURE OPERATING PLAN

In advance of your match with Castle Hill we wanted to make you aware of the actions we have taken to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19 on match day. We have in place a Covid-19 Secure Operating Plan based on a risk assessment we have undertaken.

By playing at Castle Hill you are opting to participate in cricket activity and you acknowledge that in doing so you are increasing the transmission risk, notwithstanding social distancing measures.

We ask that you circulate this note to your team so they can know what to expect. We also expect you to comply with the provisions of this plan and with legislation and guidance laid out by the Government, Public Health England and the ECB. We thank you in advance for your understanding and observance and look forward to welcoming you to Castle Hill.

1.      CHCC will appoint  a Covid-19 match monitor (“match monitor”) for the match. The match monitor is responsible for familiarisation with the operating plan and providing guidance to participants (players / officials, members, visitors) on match day.
2.      You are  asked to self-screen and to not visit the ground if you are displaying any Covid-19 symptoms.
3.      Maintain social distancing at all times
4.      Your captain on the day   will also be asked to confirm that he will be able to provide, on request, names and contact details of the your team to aid test and trace
5.      Entry from the car park to the ground will require you to sanitise your hands. You should also sanitise on exit.
6.      Appropriate hand sanitisation/washing and disposing facilities will be available within the ground at a number of points, including male and female toilets
7.      The clubhouse  will be cleaned before and after the match
8.      Appropriate signage will be in place in respect of hand hygiene and moving around the ground and its facilities
9.      You will  NOT be able to access the club house
10.  You  will NOT be able to use the changing rooms save for access to the male toilets. A separate female toilet is available. Toilets will be cleaned immediately before and after every match.
11.  You should  arrive changed or  change in your vehicle. Kit should remain in the vehicle until required. In the event of poor weather we advise returning to your vehicle to shelter.
12.  YOU ARE ADVISED TO BRING YOUR OWN WATER and HAND SANITISER
13.  NO seating will be provided, you should bring your  own seating, picnic rugs etc
14.  NO food will be  available on the premises. There will be no “cricket tea.” Please bring your own food
15.  Refreshments, including Beer, WILL BE AVAILABLE  AFTER the game. Service will comply with hospitality legislation/guidance. Ordering and consumption will take place outside only. Payment must be made by  card/contactless device. No cash will be accepted.
16.  Appropriate guidance will be given to you on the day to limit the number of players scoring, operating the scoreboard and moving sightscreens
17.  If you develop symptoms following the match please report via the NHS test and trace system
18.  Controls in place on the playing field

·         No sweat or saliva is to be applied to the ball at any time
·         No spitting or rinsing out of mouths is allowed
·         Social distancing (2m), except wicket keeper standing up and between slips where 1m+ allowed
·         Where possible marking of running lines at 2m intervals on either side of the wicket
·         A ‘hygiene’ break every 6 overs in which the ball is sanitised (fielding captains responsibility) and participants clean hands
·         Batters and wicket keeper to sanitise gloves when leaving the field
·         Bowlers to leave jumpers, hats on boundary
·         OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING AT FALL OF WICKET and DURING TACTICAL DISCUSSIONS
·         Ball returned from wicket keeper to bowler where possible
·         Umpires should  not touch  the ball
·         Umpire only to  replace bails




Castle Hill  Cricket Club Committee,  July 2020

Monday, 3 June 2019


The U13 boys pulled off a remarkable achievement in winning the Invicta U13 Six a Side Trophy on Bank Holiday Monday. It all started with 3 wins out of 3 in their Group games against Sevenoaks Vine 2 (winning off the last ball), Kent Girls and Holmesdale. Then it was on to Tunbridge Wells in the semi finals. CHCC were put in to bat and Rowan McDonald-Gay and Ted Paice batted superbly to set up a challenging total of 50 off their allotted 5 overs. Some quick wickets by Robert Vizard and Rowan put CHCC on top and they bowled T Wells out to win by 12 runs.

In the final v Gravesend, CHCC won the toss and put the opposition in to bat. Some tight bowling helped slow down the flow of runs and CHCC were set a target of 39 to win. Rowan and Ted again batted magnificently to keep the score ticking along. A tight fourth over left CHCC requiring 10 off the last over. A few scrambled runs left the boys needing 5 off the last 2 balls. Rowan couldn't make contact off the penultimate ball but the wicket - keeper missed it and it went for 4 byes! A scrambled single off the last ball and victory was theirs - without losing a wicket in the Final!

A fantastic achievement and the whole team performed magnificently. Special mentions should go to Rowan who was named player of the tournament (highest number of runs - 69, 4 wickets & several top catches) and Robert Vizard who was named Best Bowler for his 5 wickets.  All the boys made vital contributions - Ted was second highest run scorer in the tournament (67 runs), Tom Creasey and Archie Steddon both bowled and fielded excellently, whilst Ollie Berkerey did a superb job keeping wicket.  

Well done boys for a superb achievement!



Thursday, 2 August 2018

U13 Lads verses Dads & Coaches - 2018

End of season friendly resulted in a defeat for the Dads and coaches against some of the youth section boys last Friday evening. A fine evening of fun and some skill ended with the Dads unable to chase down the Boys' total of 136 off 20 overs. Hopefully a fixture for the future, at least the Dads and coaches are keen to get revenge


Friday, 20 July 2018

What a Difference a Week Makes - CHCC U11 Championship Team



Yet another warm evening and a slightly more focused Castle Hill Championship Team arrived at CHCC to amend for the previous Monday’s events. 

Bells Yew Green elected to bat and Ben A and skipper Harry opened with a fiery four overs down the slope, Harry taking two wickets and Ben A showing how much his bowling has developed this year. The bowling continued to be tight but suddenly the fielding was looking inspired. Rufus was making backward point his own showing signs of an Eoin Morgan stopping ability (guess everyone’s a bit young for Jonty Rhodes now?) which seemed to lift everyone. Ollie then stepped up to bowl, took a wicket first ball and looked round as if wondering what all the fuss was about before being swamped by his team mates. Then Rufus did the same! BYG restricted to 78 in their 16 overs.

After a short tea interval (chocolate fingers, flapjacks, Tunnocks tea cakes, Swiss roll for those who care about such crucial things) and Castle Hill padded up.

Aadi and Artie opened and batted sensibly, with some aggressive intent. Aadi got a good one, which brought Ben P to the crease for a cameo which included a calypso straight drive for four. Harry then found out why leg-breaks are a bit awkward despite looking somewhat innocuous but Artie continued to bat really well and retired on 27. Ollie was run out (still dreaming of his bowling?) which brought Oscar and Callum together. They batted solidly focusing on that 79 target and put on 20 together until Oscar fell. It was left to Callum to hit the winning runs to the boundary with four overs to go....and the team went mad.

This was a really good performance to finish off the league season. BYG had a few youngsters playing but their bowling was good. Castle Hill showed that they have all learned a lot this year and everyone chipped in for the victory. But the key thing, was that everyone was smiling at the end. Also a big thank you to all the parents on the boundary for encouraging the team. An enjoyable evening all round.

Friday, 13 July 2018

CHCC U11 Championship League – ‘Are you England in disguise’

Closing in on posting a league target that might have given us a chance of the title CHCC had an implosion that was heard all over Kent.

The match reporter arrived a little late and was somewhat dismayed to find Harry marking out his run up, either the match was delayed or something terrible had happened. Unfortunately it was the latter, a combination of good bowling, great fielding, kamikaze running and horrific shot choice saw CHCC dismissed for just 20 runs in 7 overs.

In reply the over eagerness of our opening bowlers to redeem the team saw a spell of such pace and anger that the smallest deflection went flying off for 4 runs and by the time we reached the 3rd over the target had been reached by our opposition.

CHCC lose by 8 wickets.

Under 11 - Touring match - Primrose Hill CC - 8th July

On a scorching afternoon in Kent CHCC entertained a touring side from Primrose Hill Cricket Club.



CHCC won the toss and elected to bat. The opening bowlers from Primrose Hill were fact and accurate, both Ted and Bear were unfortunately undone by good deliveries early and CHCC were rocked. Further issues came when Cameron was unable to bat due to injury, however Ewan and Henry then set about the task of steering the ship to steadier waters. Both boys played some nice shots until further good bowling from Primrose Hill saw the end of their innings. Ollie came in a played some nice shots while batting very sensibly, he held the innings together with other boys chipping in for runs that took us to 110 from 20 overs.

Primrose Hill set about their task slowly and carefully with the CHCC boys bowling some great lines. Ben Anderson took a great wicket but the other batsmen proved harder to shift. However the run rate was kept low as CHCC did well to restrict their batsmen to 50 form 10 overs. With wickets in hand and aided by some wayward CHCC bowling Primrose Hill were able to press the accelerator and despite some great bowling from Ted towards the close they passed the CHCC total with one over to spare.

Primrose Hill won by 3 Wkts

A good game on a very hot day, CHCC were hindered by injury and illness but did well against a top side from London who were all district or borough players which showed in their very tight and tidy bowling.

Well done to all involved on a cracking afternoon.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

CHCC U11A's - Go Henry

Go Bear!  Go Harrison!  Go the whole lot of them! Castle Hill U11As inflicted the first defeat on table topping Sevenoaks Vine after another fine all round performance.

Much of the damage was done by a fabulous opening blast by Harrison and Elliot which left the Vine reeling on 3-4.  In fact some thought the game might be over before the England World Cup game started.  That didn't happen as the Vine recovered somewhat but ended up on 89 - 6 with another steady bowling and fielding effort.  Only 2 wides were bowled which is a far cry from earlier in the summer.  Aside from the opening bowlers, other notable performances came from Ollie 1-7 off 2, Ben A only 7 runs off 2 and Bear only 9 runs off 2.

In reply we had another first - Ted was actually dismissed after 6 undefeated innings.  But no matter as Bear and Henry stood up and made their 25s playing very sensibly putting away the bad balls with aplomb.  This left Artie and Elliot to see the hosts home comfortably with over 4 overs to spare. 

Result: CHCC win by 5 wickets.  Far less tension than the world cup game which followed.  

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

CHCC Championship League - 3 in a row

Looking for their third win in a row CHCC headed to Tunbridge Wells Borderers on a bright and breezy evening.

CHCC captain Ben Perry won the toss and chose to bat. Lucas and Callum opened the batting against two useful bowlers from TWB, good progress was made with some careful play from both boys and making use of a fast and small outfield. Good running put the fielders under pressure and led to some wayward throwing and handy extra runs for CHCC. After 6 overs both boys were retired to give our next batsmen a run out. Harry hit 17 quick runs before being dismissed by a useful delivery, Hugo stuck around for a little longer before being bowled by the same bowler, another good ball. Elliot came in and hit 26 from only 9 balls before being retired, he was followed by Sam, Ben P, Ben A and Oscar who all added a few useful runs although the wickets tumbled too. The Final over of the CHCC innings was an eventful affair, a number of no balls and wides which pushed the total on to 118 before Lucas received an absolute peach on the last ball which bowled him round his legs, impressive.

After a quick turn around TWB started their chase. An immaculate opening spell from Harry and Ben A meant that TWB were on the back foot from the start and lost 3 quick wickets. Their middle order batsmen however dug in well and aided by the occasional wayward one from the CHCC bowlers pushed their total on with 2 boys retiring on 25. However unlike TWB the CHCC boys had done a good job in the field so when their final batsmen began to hit out they still had a way to go to reach the target. At the end captain Ben brought back Harry who duly mopped up their last big hitting batsmen with a fine caught and bowled before dismissing their next batsman first ball. This left TWB needing 22 off the final over with 4 wickets left. Elliot bowled a good last over which they were only able to run 4 runs from, job done.

CHCC win by 18 runs

A good performance from the boys, a difficult and bouncy wicket to deal with and they all coped very well.

2 games left in the season, next up is the return leg against TWB at home on Monday 9th!

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Fun in the Sun

Fun in the Sun

Castle Hill U11s headed to Withyham for the Championship League game.

Withyham won the toss and elected to bat. Harry and Elliot opened up bowling a tight line and restricting the Withyham batsmen who are very strong players. Lapses in the field cost a few runs on a small and quick pitch but generally a tidy start saw Withyham on only 45 from 8 overs. Artie and Aadi both bowled tidy lines, Aadi picking up a wicket. Withyham then turned on the accelerators and began to score more freely, a fantastic catch from Oscar removed a key player but they moved the score on quickly. A very tidy over from JJ calmed things down and eventually they reached 106 for the loss of 4 wickets.

In reply Castle Hill lost Callum early on to a very speedie delivery from one of their players who normally plays in their A team, more on that later. However Artie and Harry came in and rapidly moved the score on with some lovely shots. Harry eventually fell trying to knock one into outer space swiftly followed by Elliot who caught in two minds spooned one back to the bowler. Ted then came in for a quick cameo and blazed 12 off 4 balls before playing on to an excellent delivery (he had at this point been told he would have to retire as the Withyham A team payer had not batted)…

It was left to Oscar, Hugo, JJ and Aadi to bring us close to our target. Progress was slow as the pressure built but the boys did well and with plenty of overs left all looked well. However, much as at Bells Yew Green the closeness of victory became a bit too much and Hugo and JJ were both run out… Luckily Artie returned to finish things off in fine style with a 4 hit off the first ball of the last over, against their county bowler!!


CHCC win by 1 wicket

Kent Super 8s Round 2 – Tenterden CC


Kent Super 8s Round 2 – Tenterden CC

Another fantastic display by the Castle Hill under 9’s at Tenterden yesterday comfortably winning all four of their matches and so qualifying for the Kent finals in August.

Joy of joys, for the second week in a row we had NO RUN OUTS ! Team spirit was excellent and the improvement in all the boys since the beginning of the season is great to see. The other pleasing thing was how few wides were bowled and some excellent fielding.
To embrace the World Cup we have borrowed from the BBC player ratings to give you a rundown of the boys performances!

Player ratings:
John –10 ; an excellent (and noisy) captain whose bowling was exemplary.
Freddie – 10 ; shared the captaincy duties with John and put in an a super all round performance.
Henry – 10 ; Some lusty blows and excellent in the field.
Claudio – 10 ; Bowled very straight and took an excellent catch.
Albi – 10 ; His bowling has a lovely natural loop and recovered bravely from a clash of heads when going for a catch (calling is something we need to work on)
Barnaby – 10 ; Batting has improved a lot and hit some useful runs.
William D – 10 ; Totally reliable , straight bowling.
Matthew – 10 ; Always fun and with an excellent eye for the ball hit the ball very well.
Charlie – 10 ; Huge improvement over the last couple of months with both bat and ball and hit the biggest shot of the day.
Theo – 10 ; Always reliable with the bat, his bowling has come on really well.
Finn – 10 ; Solid batting and enthusiastic in the field.
William B – 10 ; An excellent all round performance with bat and ball.

The finals take place at the Kent County Ground in Beckenham on 19th August.

Monday, 25 June 2018

A Great Team Performance by the U11 Championship Team in the Sun at Cranbrook


Cranbrook won the toss and elected to bat on a dry wicket with a fast
outfield. Harry immediately stepped up bowling brisk away-swingers
with a really good line and length. Our fielding was generally strong
with direct hits from Callum and Sam, both of which could have been
run-outs and indeed Sam’s was! JJ was electric on the boundary and
saved a good many runs, while Hugo kept calmly and has developed a
lovely chirpy keeper’s banter from behind the sticks. Ben A then
bowled two overs of really good line and length and Oliver was on hand
to keep it tight at cover and not give away runs. Eventually, 112 was
a good score but would it be enough as our fielding had been good and
it was clearly a high scoring ground?

Ryan and Callum opened like proper openers, watching the good ball and
hitting the wide one. Then Harry arrived to play a beautiful innings
using the speed of the ball and showing great timing for a rapid 28
before retiring. Ben P then batted calmly to consolidate the innings
and Hugo played a solid innings including some lovely shots through
the leg side. JJ “got a good one” before Oliver chipped in for a few
quick middle-order runs to keep the pace of scoring going. Then Ben A
returned...ball one swept to the square-leg boundary, ball two as well
and then a push to mid-wicket for the victory.

Result - Castle Hill won by 3 wickets

This was a proper cricket game and all the team played well and will
have something to remember at the end of the day. For sure there are
improvements that can be made but Paul, James and I were delighted
with the way people played.Off to Withyham tomorrow....

CHCC U11A going up in the world

Everyone says that CHCC U11As are a 'hit'; however yesterday they became a 'direct hit' after they dismissed Holmesdale batsmen not just once but twice from direct hits in the space of two overs.  The first was from Ollie who only had a single stump to aim at from cover point, the second was from Harrison and came from one of his power throws from mid off.  

Running someone out from a direct hit is one of the greatest pleasures in life (the author has only managed it once in his entire career) and they put a stranglehold on the Holmesdale innings from which they never recovered having elected to bat first.

This was by far the best bowling performance this season from the home side and accurate tight bowling and fielding meant the Holmesdale batsmen had to resort to taking risky singles.  The run outs also seemed to inject some confidence and a swagger in the home side who never felt in any danger of losing from this point.

All the bowlers excelled with the most accurate being Ewan 2 overs for 3 runs, Henry 2 overs for 4 runs and Bear 2 overs for 8 runs.  Aside from the runs outs wickets were taken by Harrison, Bear, Tom and Artie.

In reply to Holmesdale's 83-7 Castle Hill were always up with the required rate.  Ted played a more sedate anchor role this time ending up on 27 not out as his partners Bear (7), Harrison (10) and then Ewan (19) plundered the rather dispirited bowlers.  A comfortable win was achieved with nearly 6 overs to spare and made up for the disappointing last over loss to the visitors earlier this summer.


Result: Castle Hill win by 4 wickets.  Ricky Gervais nowhere to be seen.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

CHCC U11 Championship League - 4 seasons in one game!

CHCC welcomed Tunbridge Wells Girls Under 12s to a rather damp and drizzly Castle Hill. Fortunately the rain stopped and we were able to get underway without too much delay with CHCC winning the toss and deciding to bat. Our openers Ben A and Lucas started brightly running plenty of byes as T Wells struggled with the slippery conditions. The bowling was still accurate however and runs were tough to come by, both boys played sensible and thoughtful innings which was great to see. Unfortunately Lucas fell to a very good delivery and Callum also received a good one shortly after which dented our progress. In order to give as many players a chance we retired Ben A after 8 overs and in came Harry and Elliot. The boys played some great shots and moved the scoreboard along rapidly with both retiring on 25 within a few balls of each other, a 50 partnership in just 6 overs. With two overs to go Charlotte and Ben P came in and moved the score along to 106 for the loss of just 2 wickets.

In the first match of the season against the same opposition we had posted a score of 108 but had lost on the final ball, would the result be the same or different??
The CHCC bowling was much improved on the whole with only a couple of overs where the bowlers struggled for line and length. The T Wells batting is strong and in the middle section of the match they really sped up the run rate so that with 6 overs left they only needed 20 runs to win having lost just one wicket (an excellent delivery from Harry which bowled one of their openers). It is testament to CHCC that the game ended up coming down to the final over. In the previous 5 overs Sam, Callum and Elliot had put in a superb spell taking 3 wickets and conceding only 17 runs.
Unfortunately the grandstand finish was not possible, a very nice shot from one of the girls winning the match with 3 balls to spare.


I has been normal in the match reports so far this season to bemoan our lack of discipline with the bat or ball, or some vaguely calamitous fielding… however not this time. The concentration, application and execution was excellent all round. There were some terrific stops in the field (I fear Charlotte may have a large bruise this morning), more energy and support than we have seen previously (well done to Harry and Elliot as joint captains for keeping the team spirit up) and great enthusiasm all round. Sometimes you come up against a team that just has more on the day and given the age differential and the quality of the T Wells team it was likely to be a tough task, a great performance to run them so close.

U11A's - Premiership - Ricky Gervais - Come to Castle Hill!

Message to Ricky - if you are planning to make a new series of Extras, look no further than Castle Hill U11As!  Yesterday a whopping 59 extras were conceded in what should have been a straightforward win at King's Hill. 

Batting first on a fast bouncy track, Ted and Cameron got the visitors off to a flier both hitting some beautiful cover drives. Ted reached his 25 after only 4 overs however Cameron fell shortly afterwards.  Bear and Ewan then kept the score moving along nicely, Bear stylish as ever quick to pounce on any single.  After Bear was bowled and Harrison was unluckily caught behind down the leg side, Ollie took full advantage hitting the team's first maximum of the summer.  Ewan anchored the innings playing very sensibly hitting 4 fours to retire on 25 and, with Ryan, Tom and Artie playing useful cameos, the innings eventually closed on an imposing 127-6.

This was always going to be a high scoring match given the pace in the wicket and the fast outfield.  However confident the visitors were, they did not expect King's Hill to challenge their total.  Scott the opener batted well and although he lost partners the score kept ticking along thanks to the dreaded E word.  The exceptions to this were Tom and Artie whose 2 overs both went for a total 4 runs.  Wickets were taken by Bear, Artie, Ollie, Ryan and Harrison with a trademark Harrison run out.  Other stand out fielding was an astonishing one handed catch by Bear leaping high into the air and a good low catch by Artie, ones which are often dropped at this age group.  Otherwise the fielding was a mixed bag.

Tension rose as King's Hill got closer but Castle Hill kept their nerve as the sun dipped and the home team ended up on 120-6.  


Result: Castle Hill win by 7 runs