Cove Festival of Cricket kicked off on Sunday with a high scoring encounter between the North Hampshire U15s taking on their counterparts from the South East. Cove boys Matthew Kouris and Tom Redhead were both major contributors for North Hants, with Matt taking the first wicket of the match and Tom following on with two of his own as South East amassed a sizeable total of 262 for 8 from their 50 overs.  After tea, the North’s reply was made more difficult with two quick wickets falling, however local lad Tom put all his home pitch knowledge to good use as he blasted a quick fire 47 from 30 balls to put his team back on track and ahead of the run rate. With the pitch a fantastic batting track (1000 runs scored over the two weekend games on it), the North eventually closed out the game on 263 for the loss of 5 wickets with 8 overs to spare.

The Cove facilities, setting, teas, BBQ and particularly the pitch drew many admiring (and envious) comments from the various visitors, with the North District eager to host more games in the future at Cove. It was a great way to start festival week.

On Monday it was the turn of our youngest  cricketers, the U9s, to take centre stage as we hosted 3 U9s games. In the competitive league games the Cove U9As lost a hard fought and entertaining game narrowly while the younger B team lost out in what must have been a very high scoring encounter if the number of them who hit fours is to be believed! With smiles all round, particularly from the parents who were roped in to play in the inter-club training game it was another successful evening of cricket at Cove.

Next it is the turn of the Under 13s who host Hartley Wintney this evening.