Monday, 14 September 2015

CHCC U9's are KENT COUNTY CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Castle Hill are the Under 9 Kent Cricket Board Super 8 Champions 2015!

Angus Hall, Harry Leach, Robert Vizard, Noah Flannagan, Archie Steddon, Henry Parton, Alec Stephen, Rafe Rayment, Aston Burford and Tom Hobbs collected the trophy and their winners medals late in the afternoon today after a full day of 8 beautiful and undefeated games.

The boys beat: Tunbridge Wells, Blackheath, Beckenham, Hollingbourne, Chestfield (League); then Marden (QF), Sevenoaks (SF) and Plaxtol (Final).

The full squad of 10 each played their part in a really high quality tournament where every opposition team had come through qualifying to reach this finals day.

A remarkable 80 Kent teams entered the competition at the start of the season so to emerge as Champions is a real achievement of which the boys should be very proud.

Hopefully the memory of lifting the trophy will stay with each of the boys. Certainly there were many fine individual "champagne moments":

  • Angus Hall sparkled as he led the team in all possible ways taking catch after catch in the field and repeatedly delivering as our top scoring batsman
  • Harry Leach kept wicket beautifully taking a stunning catch, saving many extras and then bubbling over with real batting power
  • Robert Vizard bowled with real fizzing pace and scored crucial runs on the final game
  • Noah Flannagan batted with aggression and took a stinging catch that was so spectacular spectators from another game came across to say cheers to him
  • Archie Steddon caught well and ran with a super zest between the wickets
  • Henry Parton resolute when fending off some real zingy opening and closing bowlers, then he hit out
  • Alec Stephen used his sprightly running to great effect in the field and between the wickets
  • Rafe Rayment took a rare and lovely rounded hatrick!!
  • Aston Burford bowled with pace and he was effervescent in cheering on the team
  • Tom Hobbs took an extraordinary corker of a catch which drew gasps from the crowd and bowled with super rhythm

The team spirit was irrepressible today. The boys played with exuberance and sparkled with a frothing brilliance. They should all be very proud.

After all, CHCC U9s are The KCB Super 8 Champions 2015!

Monday, 7 September 2015

U9 finish third at big Tunbridge Wells Tournament


Our team were the top run scoring side in todays Tunbridge Wells festival.

The Castle Hill Under 9s played like true Champions today at a sun drenched Nevill Ground as they competed hard to repeat their previous years tournament win.

The win record of 4 wins and one defeat meant that the boys finished in an outstanding third place overall in this 16 team event. The one defeat came against the eventual winners, Holmsdale - in a tense and very evenly matched contest our boys lost out by just two runs. The drama was amazing and the team effort exceptional.


In the earlier games against TWCC 4 and Linden Park we scored huge totals with the bat; achieving over 270 and then over 280 in each game.

And wallop!

Ferocious hitting in the final overs of the play off game against East Grinstead meant that we could take the field with a solid target  to defend.

Throughout the day the fielding was sharp and athletic, the bowling was tight and nippy whilst the batting was brisk and aggressive. 

Of course wining is always a team effort and the consistently high performances today were about the combined effort of the group. The boys played with a real commitment for each other - they were clearly determined not to let each other down.

This passion for the collective cause produced some stellar personal high spots:
  • Ben Anderson was lively with the ball against TWCC 4 and energetic in the field throughout
  • Sam Bromley hit the ball really hard against Linden Park
  • Angus Hall scored big and gave us a total to defend by smashing the final overs against East Grinstead
  • Tom Hobbs crashed the bat against Linden Park and TWCC 2
  • Harry Leach closed out the tight play off game with super good wicket taking bowling against E Grinstead
  • Ollie Paler delivered some ferocious pull hitting against TWCC2
  • Henry Parton scored very well with the bat and hit back at the Holmsdale pace attack
  • Archie Steddon weighed in with bash hitting against TWCC 2
  • Alec Stephens spectacularly kept wicket with an acrobatic performance in the Holmsdale game
  • Robert Vizard bowled beautifully throughout, taking a wicket in every game
The boys should be very proud of their attempt to defend the trophy - the friends and family watching certainly were. Well done team!